NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers would have trigger to scratch his head in disbelief after the Inexperienced Bay Packers made draft evening historical past by selecting two defensive gamers within the first spherical, leaving the NFL world in shock.
Inexperienced Bay held off on addressing their points at receiver and as an alternative continued their current custom of specializing in defence within the first spherical, taking Georgia linebacker Quay Walker with the twenty second general choose of the NFL draft and his Bulldogs teammate, defensive deal with Devonte Wyatt with the twenty eighth choose.
The Packers acquired the twenty second and 53rd picks within the commerce that despatched All-Professional receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders.
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The transfer left an enormous gap within the crew’s offence with Adams being Rodgers’ No.1 possibility. Given the void left behind by Adams on the WR place, consultants tipped Inexperienced Bay to take a receiver with their first choose to replenish their receiver shares however that wasn’t to be.
The choice is particularly doubtful as a result of this yr’s draft is considered as a receiver heavy class, with many prospects considered as plug-in and play picks, that means they will help groups win now.
There have been additionally mock drafts that had the Packers even utilizing certainly one of their picks from the Adams deal to commerce up the order to safe a greater high quality receiver, however they determined to go defence as an alternative.
“They didn’t take a receiver however they’ve made historical past within the first spherical. They took Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt, each from Georgia,” stated ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on the draft protection.
“They’re the primary crew ever within the frequent draft to take two defensive gamers from the identical faculty in the identical draft within the first spherical.”
Rodgers has been in dispute with the Packers in recent times and was tipped to depart the membership within the offseason earlier than signing a $50 million-a-season, three-year deal. He and Adams posted pics of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen from ‘The Final Dance’ to indicate that final season can be their final, fuelling hypothesis they may go as a package deal deal.
However Rodgers ended up staying with Adams, forcing a commerce.
Inexperienced Bay misplaced two different wideouts to free company when Marquez Valdes-Scantling joined the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Equanimeous St. Brown signed with the Chicago Bears, although the Packers did add veteran receiver Sammy Watkins.
The Packers’ prime returning receiver is Allen Lazard, who had 40 catches for 513 yards and eight touchdowns final season. No different wideout presently on Inexperienced Bay’s roster, together with Watkins, had as many as 400 yards receiving final season.
A run on huge receivers earlier within the first spherical might need precipitated the Packers to look elsewhere. The highest six receivers went in a span of 10 picks, together with the likes of Southern California’s Drake London, Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, and Alabama’s Jameson Williams.
4 members of the nationwide champion Bulldogs protection have been chosen within the first spherical, tying for essentially the most ever.
Former Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker was the primary general choose by Jacksonville and ex-Bulldogs defensive deal with Jordan Davis was the thirteenth general choose.
The opposite colleges that had 4 defensive gamers chosen within the first spherical are the College of Miami in 2004 and Florida State College in 2006.
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