Green Bay Packers: 3 recent Draft booms and busts

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Davante Adams

The Green Bay Packers and, then general manager, Ted Thompson hit a home run with their second-round pick in 2014. Adams five seasons here have been nothing short of spectacular. In his first few years, he took a back seat to more established veterans Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. In his third year in 2016, he established himself as a feature piece in the Packers offense, but it was not until this 2018 campaign, after the departure of Nelson, that he solidified himself as the number one guy.

In Adams’ first two years, he totaled 939 receiving yards and four touchdowns. These were great numbers for an up-and-coming number three receiver behind the aforementioned Nelson and Cobb combo. For a young Green Bay Packers receiver, just gaining the trust of Aaron Rodgers to throw you the ball 160 times in two years is quite the accomplishment.

In his third NFL season, he eclipsed his combined totals in yards and touchdowns from his first two years with 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. It would be an understatement to say this was a breakout season for number 17 in green and gold. Unfortunately, he was snubbed from the Pro Bowl team.

He would make the Pro Bowl the next season in 2017, totaling 885 yards and 10 touchdowns. He would come back to out-do himself in 2018 with his first 1000+ yard season of 1386 yards and thirteen touchdowns. In 2018 he took a huge step and is a clear top-ten if not top-five receiver in this league. His route running and release off the line of scrimmage are both elite and made countless cornerbacks look silly, shaking and baking them like a nice red velvet cake on a Sunday afternoon.