For years, the Green Bay Packers were hammered by the national media for their lack of guns, even when Davante Adams was on the team. However, the Packers were finally able to silence some of those critics by adding another young and talented wide receiver.
CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards released his latest 2023 NFL mock draft on Thursday, September 22nd. The mock showed the Atlanta Falcons taking Ohio State QB CJ Stroud with the first overall while reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young finished second behind the Seattle Seahawks.
Edwards didn’t let the Packers pick a player until the 28th overall pick, but the pick would end a 20-year streak in which the team didn’t pick a wide receiver, with Green Bay taking over from Maryland’s Rakim Jarrett.
“Maryland didn’t play a Power 5 competition so fans could get familiar with Jarrett’s game,” Edwards said. “He has the advantage of being an early-round pick. Green Bay has evaded the idea of picking a wide receiver in the first round in the past, but maybe that’s one of the reasons it’s in its current predicament.”
The Packers have picked a handful of second-round wide receivers over the years, including Christian Watson in this latest draft, but Jarrett would be the first wideout won in the first round since Javon Walker in 2002.
He may not have the national recognition of a player like Jaxson Smith-Njigba or Jordan Addison, but Rakim Jarrett has dynamic skills that could make him a very entertaining wide receiver at the pro level.
Jarrett was a 5-star recruit from St. John’s High School and the top Washington DC-area player in the class of 2020. Top-flight programs like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State had offered Jarrett, but he decided to pursue closer stay home and play for the Terrapins.
The blue-chip recruit immediately grabbed a role at Maryland, catching 79 passes for 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two seasons. He didn’t make a big impact in three games in 2022, but he still had 11 receptions for 196 yards and a touchdown, for a career-high average of 17.8 yards per catch.
At 6’0″ and 190 pounds, Jarrett is primarily a good-sized slot receiver for the position. The film features a receiver who can quickly break away from the snap and a player who is difficult to trip after the catch with good contact balance and skill.
With Randall Cobb nearing the end of his career at 32, Jarrett could be an ideal replacement for the Green Bay offense spot.
It’s exciting to look forward to next year as the Packers add another weapon, but fans should still be excited about the potential of the team’s two rookies in Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs.
While neither player has found the end zone yet, Doubs and Watson are the two most attacked wide receivers on the team. They’ve had just 11 catches for 107 yards in two games, but it seems the team is making an effort to get the two young wideouts more offensively involved.
National outlets will point to Watson’s big drop while he’s wide open on a potential 75-yard touchdown in the season opener, but the two players have unique skills that should help Green Bay’s passing game open up when they later find themselves in feeling more comfortable during the season.