The Green Bay Packers finally get a wide receiver (although it could be a year too late) fans want in the latest PFF 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
A lot has been made about the Green Bay Packers not selecting a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft–a draft that was said to have the deepest wide receiver class in years if not ever. In fact, the debate still rages on social media today about whether general manager Brian Gutekunst made the right decision to pass up on the position entirely. And the truth is we still don’t know what the correct answer is.
Fortunately for some fans, PFF predicted Green Bay would snatch a wide receiver in their latest 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Wide receiver Chris Olave out of Ohio State.
Olave played three years at Ohio State and put up impressive numbers, catching 110 career passes for 1766 yards and 22 touchdowns. His most impressive season came in 2019 when he had 49 receptions for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Olave is 22nd on PFF’s Big Board which makes him a nice steal at the predicted 31st overall pick they used for this mock draft. At 6-foot-1, he doesn’t have the elite size Gutekunst likes in his wide receivers, but, hey, Davante Adams doesn’t either and look how he’s doing.
The similarities to Adams might go beyond their size. Olave was a good route runner for a college player which allowed him to get open at an extremely high rate at Ohio State. He also has very good hands and can catch just about anything that’s thrown in his direction.
The addition of another wide receiver would be huge for Green Bay. Adams is in the middle of his prime and should be playing at a high level for another few years. However, adding a receiver who can get open consistently when all the defensive attention is on Adams would be terrific. So far, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard haven’t shown they can do that on a routine basis.
There’s still the entire playoffs left to be played for Green Bay so who knows how things will turn out. Regardless of the outcome, it’s clear the Packers could/should target another offensive playmaker at some point in the 2021 NFL Draft.