NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Giants, Patriots trade up; Redskins land defensive help
The Packers have spent heavily on the defensive side of the ball in free agency. It seems only natural that the team will shift their attention to the offensive side of the ball in the draft, especially armed with two first-round picks.
The proposition of pairing D.K. Metcalf and Aaron Rodgers is scary. Metcalf is one of the only candidates to be a true No. 1 receiver in this draft, and he would be an upgrade over what the Packers currently have in their receiving corps.
I had the Packers taking Metcalf in a recent mock draft, and this is what I said about Metcalf’s fit in Green Bay at the time.
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"Metcalf is a true physical freak. He has a well-built 6-3, 228-pound frame and looks like a bodybuilder. At the combine, Metcalf crushed the 40-yard dash, posting a mark of 4.33 and tested well in all other respective — save for the 3-cone drill. That does point to the fact that agility is his weakness, but it shouldn’t completely prevent him from becoming an effective receiver at the NFL level. On tape, Metcalf shows great straight-line ability and should have a chance to make contested catches at the NFL level. He does need to work a bit on his route running, as he didn’t have a diverse route tree at Ole Miss, but he should have a chance to improve on that at the next level. Metcalf would be a really nice complement to Davante Adams in Green Bay. Adams is a great route runner with the ability to separate while Metcalf is a strong, big-bodied athlete who could add a new element to the Packers’ offense. Rodgers would be more than happy to work with a receiver that has Metcalf’s upside and could quickly turn him into a threat at the next level."
Metcalf could reach his ceiling much quicker if he doesn’t have to be the true No. 1 target in an offense. With Adams in tow, this would be a nice pairing and Rodgers could do a lot to maximize the skills of his receivers if this happens.