The Green Bay Packers could finally break their two-decade streak of not selecting a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft this week, but it doesn’t sound like they are willing to reach if the right guy isn’t there.
According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, sources from league circles have told him the Packers are looking to take a wide receiver with one of their two first-round selections in the 2022 NFL draft — but only if “a highly rated player at the position falls into their laps.”
“Otherwise, sources say they expect the Packers to trade out of Round 1 and look for a receiver later in the draft,” Pauline wrote in his April 25 write-up for the draft.
The Packers have both the No. 22 and No. 28 overall selections in this year’s draft, having acquired an additional first- and second-round pick from the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for two-time All-Pro wideout Davante Adams. They also have two picks in the fourth and three picks in the seventh, giving them plenty of ammunition to move up to a more favorable spot on Day 1 to get one of the top receivers on their board.
The Packers have already met with a handful of receiver prospects who could potentially be in play for them in the first round. The list — via Walter Football — includes Alabama’s Jameson Williams, Ohio State’s Chris Olave, Arkansas’ Treylon Burks, Georgia’s George Pickens, Penn State’s Jahan Dotson and North Dakota State’s Christian Watson (per Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated).
The 2022 NFL draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 28 and will run for three days with the first round taking up the entirety of the first day.
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