In a somewhat surprising move, the Green Bay Packers traded star receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for the 22nd overall pick and 53rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With the trade, Brian Gutekunst now has five top 100 selections. He’ll have the poker chips to be aggressive and it’ll be exciting to see what the next trick up his sleeve is.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at some prospects the Packers could target with the 22nd overall pick.
Olave is a pro-ready wide receiver. The Buckeye wide receiver holds a master’s degree in running. It is silky smooth and has a dirty release package. He could step in on day one and quickly become a favorite target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers to Chris Olave is going to be great fun next year.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 17, 2022
London dominated the PAC-12 this fall. He’s a big, physical receiver who does a great job of outplaying defensive backs at the point of capture. He has exceptional body control. Even when it’s covered, it’s open. With its frame, London has an Inspector-Gadget type capture radius and will be a red zone offset.
With the release of Billy Turner, the Packers can now have an opening at right tackle. If Penning drops to 22, he could be the pick. Penning plays with a bit of a mean streak and takes no prisoners. With his frame and athleticism, he could be a plug-and-play starter at the right tackle.
Karlaftis is a powerful edge rusher with a non-stop engine. He was No. 7 on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks list. The Purdue rusher turns 21 in April and is a player Gutekunst may have targeted in a possible trade. Now the Purdue rusher could fall straight into his lap.
Ojabo is a nervous athlete with an explosive first step. He executes the arc with speed and shows a big burst to close the quarterback. With his mix of length and athleticism, Ojabo is an out-and-out terror.
Wilson has exceptional body control and once a week he made highlight catches. His route is pro-ready and he has juice after the catch, averaging almost six yards after the catch.
Burks is built like a running back and moves like a running back in his hands. The Arkansas wide receiver is a terror in space. He’s averaged over nine yards after the catch this season and is a loadout for defensive backs.
Davis is a roadblock. He was a big reason the Bulldogs gave up less than three yards per carry last season. He eats blocks and allows his teammates to make plays. Davis may just be a two-player at the next level, but he could provide a Vita-Vea-like impact for the Green Bay defense.
Green is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the draft. He can play guard or tackle and last season he played snaps at left guard, right tackle, left guard and left tackle. Green is a fast and powerful run blocker and has allowed just one sack the past two seasons.
Johnson is another versatile offensive lineman. He can play in all five positions along the offensive line. He finished his Boston College career with 30 career starts including 18 at left guard and 12 at left tackle. Johnson is a mauler as a run blocker and gave up just one sack in pass protection last season.