Round 3, No. 76: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
With all the inconsistency of Trevor Davis on the offensive side of the ball and the departure of Jeff Janis, the Packers would be wise to take a look at skill position guys that also can return kicks, and no one does that better than Dante Pettis.
The Washington product set records during his time in the Pac-12, running back nine punts for scores, and he was a productive receiver as well, with 2,256 career receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. When you combine all that, he is well worth a third-round pick.
From Lance Zierlein:
"Solid secondary receiving option who has spent time on his craft and has the ability to attack and uncover on all three levels. Pettis lacks physicality and could struggle to handle in-your-face press corners, so he may see snaps from the slot. While his punt return talent and sharp route-running certainly help his chances, league sources believe he’s going to have to play with much more toughness to reach starting status in the league."
From Matt Miller:
"Dante Pettis’ production as an underneath option, deep threat and punt returner gives him excellent NFL value. As a pure receiver he’s not worthy of a Round 3 pick, but add in what he brings in the return game and he’s potentially an earlier pick. If Pettis can land with a team that’ll use his inside/outside route skills, he could be a major hit."
As a receiver, Pettis can step in opposite Randall Cobb in the slot and use his slippery agility to get open in space while learning from one of the best route runners in the game. He’ll also immediately be an upgrade in punt returns, giving the Packers a rival in the NFC North for guys like Jamal Agnew, Marcus Sherels, and Tarik Cohen.
For other receivers to keep an eye on, read this from Sampson.