The Green Bay Packers were heavily criticized by the national media for their lack of guns for years, even when Davante Adams was with the team. However, Packers can finally silence some of these critics by adding another broad, young and talented future.
Josh Edwards with CBS Sports released the latest 2023 NFL Draft Mock on Thursday, September 22. The dummy photo of the Atlanta Falcons featured Ohio State’s QB CJ Stroud with the first overall pick, while Heisman winner Bryce Young finished second after the Seattle Seahawks.
Edwards did not have the Packers players until the 28th overall pick, but the selection would end a 20-year streak of the team not having a wide receiver, with Green Bay snatching Maryland’s Rakim Jarrett.
“Maryland did not play any Power 5 competition for fans to become familiar with Jarrett,” Edwards said. “He has the upside to being an early pick. Green Bay has historically overtaken the idea of taking a wide receiver in the first round, but perhaps that is part of the reason why he finds himself in the current predicament.”
The Packers have picked a few wide receivers in the second round over the years, including Christian Watson in this latest draft, but Jarrett will be the first wide receiver to be captured in the first round since Javon Walker in 2002.
Who is Maryland WR Rakim Jarrett?
He may not enjoy national recognition as a player like Jaxson Smith-Njigba or Jordan Addison, but Rakim Jarrett has a dynamic skill set that could make him a very interesting receiver at the pro level.
Jarrett was a 5-star recruit from St. John’s High School and the best outside of the Washington, DC area in the class of 2020. I offered top-tier programs like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio Jarrett, but decided to stay close to home and play with the Terrapins.
The excellent recruit landed a role immediately with Maryland State, and over the course of his first two seasons, he had 79 passes for 1,081 yards, and seven touchdowns. He didn’t make much of an impact through three games in 2022, but he still had 11 receptions for 196 yards and touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards per catch.
At 6’0 and 190 pounds, the Jarrett is primarily a good-to-placing-sized aperture receiver. The movie shows a receiver who can quickly open up to a snap, and a tough player to drop after a catch with a good contact balance and power of play.
With Randall Cobb nearing the end of his career at the age of 32, Jarrett could be a perfect replacement in the slot in the Green Bay attack.
How are the youth receivers in Green Bay?
It’s exciting to look forward to next year with the Packers adding another weapon, but fans should still be excited about the potential of the squad’s two youngsters Christian Watson and Romeo Dobbs.
While neither player has found the end zone yet, Doubs and Watson are the most targeted wide receivers on the team. They only collected 11 times for 107 yards in two games, but the team appears to be making an effort to get the two youngsters wide more involved in attack.
The National Ports will flag Watson’s big drop while wide open at a potential 75 yards in the season opener, but players have unique skill sets that should help unlock the Green Bay pass as they become more comfortable later in the season.
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