McShay has been on the receiver-to-the-Packers campaign since his first mock in December, when he had them taking DeVonta Smith (who later decided to remain at Alabama). Since then, he’s jumped to Jefferson and most recently Clemson’s Tee Higgins.
Now is a good time for a history lesson: The most recent time the Packers drafted a wide receiver in the first round, Higgins and Jefferson were 3-year-olds. It has been since 2002, when the Packers picked Javon Walker at No. 20 overall. Since 2003, the Packers have selected 14 defensive players in the first round, tied for the most (with the Jets) in that span. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, they’re the only team not to draft a receiver, tight end or running back in the first round in that same time frame.
When one longtime NFL scout was asked if this was finally the year the Packers broke that streak without a first-round receiver, he didn’t hesitate.
“Yes, and I’m shocked they didn’t sign [Robby] Anderson,” the scout said of the Jets free agent who signed a two-year, $20 million contract with the Panthers last month.
McShay took the offensive additions a step further in his two-round mock that included the Packers taking Florida State running back Cam Akers.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china
“Paired with [Aaron] Jones, [Akers] could do some damage in the backfield and potentially become the guy if Green Bay moves on from Jones after the season,” McShay wrote.
The Packers haven’t selected multiple offensive skill-position players in the first two rounds of the draft since 2008, when they took both wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback Brian Brohm in the second round.nfl cheap jerseys nike
“I think any time you look at the running back position, it’s such a long season, and those guys take on a ton of punishment,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said this offseason. “I think that’s one of the more tougher positions to play in terms of physicality, and I think you always need multiple guys to get to that finish line.
“Certainly we’d like to play one more game than we did last season, and we’re going to need not only those two guys [Jones and Jamaal Williams], but I do think we’re going to need a third guy to put into that mix moving forward.”