The Green Bay Packers had an… interesting 2020 NFL draft to say the least. First, they traded up(!) in the first round to draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, which was a stretch even if Aaron Rodgers wasn’t still on the roster (and playing at an MVP level). Then, the Packers took Boston College running back A.J. Dillon in the second round with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams firmly locked into the top two RB spots on the depth chart. Green Bay didn’t draft a single wide receiver in 2020.
So much for supporting your star quarterback.
The Packers have a chance to redeem themselves this year after Rodgers proved he’s still very much in his prime. Who are the best options for the team with the 29th overall pick?
Kadarius Toney — WR, Florida
The Packers failed to gift Rodgers another weapon in the passing game in last year’s NFL draft, so they should make wide receiver their No. 1 priority this time around. Green Bay already has its All-Pro target in Davante Adams, their downfield threat in Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and their reliable tight end in Robert Tonyan. It’s time to add a burner to the mix.
Enter Kadarius Toney.
Toney, the speedy WR prospect out of Florida, is a game-breaking weapon who can score from anywhere on the field. He doesn’t have great size (5-foot-11, 194 pounds), but his 4.39 speed is more than enough to make up for it.
Rodgers would absolutely love to have Toney’s route-running prowess and elite quickness in the open field at his disposal.
Rondale Moore — WR, Purdue
Here’s another late-round WR prospect the Packers need to keep their eyes on. Rondale Moore battled a plethora of injuries during his three seasons at Purdue, but when he was on the field he was must-watch television.
Moore totaled 1,471 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns as a freshman. He’s a Swiss Army knife who can line up anywhere on the field and beat any defender in the open field. He can run crisp routes out of the slot, carry the ball out of the backfield, and is a dangerous weapon in the return game.
Moore is also undersized by NFL standards (5-foot-7, 181 pounds), but he’s just as scary as Toney with the ball in his hands.
Zaven Collins — LB, Tulsa
If the Packers decide to go a different route with their first-round pick, they should go after a defensive playmaker. And there may not be a better fit at 29 than Zaven Collins.
Collins, the NFL-ready linebacker prospect out of Tulsa, flashed signs of brilliance last season. He was a turnover machine for the Golden Hurricane, as he recorded four interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and two defensive touchdowns as a junior.
The 6-foot-5, 259-pound LB has elite speed for his size, and he can jump into the middle of Green Bay’s defense and contribute from day one.
Caleb Farley — CB, Virginia Tech
Here’s a little bit of a wild card for the Packers in the first round. Caleb Farley was once considered the best cornerback in the 2021 draft class, but his stock has dropped since then due to injuries and opting out of the 2020 season. Make no mistake, though, Farley has the upside to become a multi-year Pro Bowler in the NFL.
The Virginia Tech product has impressive size (6-foot-2, 197 pounds), and he thrives in press coverage. He has the quickness and athleticism to cover smaller, faster receivers and the size and length to cover bigger receivers and tight ends.
Farley likely won’t last until 29, so the Packers would probably have to trade up to snag him in the late teens or early 20s. But that’s no problem for general manager Brian Gutekunst. The fourth-year GM has traded up in the draft in each of his first three years in charge. Farley would be a prime target for an aggressive move this time around.
What do you want the Packers to do with their first-round pick?