Pete Prisco’s Latest NFL Mock Draft Will Have Green Bay Packers Fans Crying and Laughing With Joy

You’ve heard it before, and you’ll keep hearing it until they actually do something about it. The Green Bay Packers have a huge need at wide receiver.

Is that a need the Packers can address with their 2022 NFL Draft capital? You bet it is, and that’s something so obvious that even CEO and team president Mark Murphy is willing to address it.

There are plenty of ways it can play out, but Pete Prisco of CBS is predicting that Green Bay will take a massive swing at the wideout position in Round 1.

Pete Prisco predicts Green Bay Packers will draft Drake London from USC with Pick No. 22

Drake London, USC, potential Green Bay Packers pick in the 2022 NFL Draft
Wide receiver Drake London #15 of the USC Trojans catches a pass and runs for touchdown against the Utah Utes. He’d be a great fit for the Green Bay Packers | Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Who knows how it will actually play out, but Prisco’s scenario is certainly realistic.

With Davante Adams in Las Vegas, Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Kansas City, and even Equanimeous St. Brown in Chicago, the Packers have a massive need at wide receiver.

They could use some of their draft capital (four picks in the first 100, including two first-rounders) to go trade for a veteran like DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett from the Seattle Seahawks. They could also package a few of those picks to trade up higher into the draft to pick a player like Garrett Wilson from Ohio State, who many feel is the top wide receiver prospect in this draft.

While Wilson is getting a ton of hype and Prisco does have him going No. 19 overall to the New Orleans Saints, it’s worth noting that USC’s Drake London has just as much potential in the eyes of many draft experts. That’s who Prisco has the Packers selecting at No. 22.

Even better for the Packers is the fact that London, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 219 pounds, fell to the Packers, so they didn’t even have to give anything away for him. Well, if you’re not counting Adams.

“London is a big receiver in the Mike Evans mold. He is coming off an injury, so there is a concern, but he would help give Aaron Rodgers a big weapon down the field,” Prisco wrote.

The Packers draft Chris Olave from Ohio State with pick No. 28 in this mock

Chris Olave
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (2) runs after the catch for a touchdown during the college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes. Olave could be a game changer with the Green Bay Packers. | Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Landing London at 22 would be a massive win for the Packers. He has true No. 1 potential, and if he wasn’t coming off an ankle injury, he’d likely be projected to go even higher. Even with the injury, he notched 88 receptions for 1,084 and seven touchdowns for USC in 2021, so he can be a legitimate playmaker for Green Bay.

Speaking of making plays, that’s something Chris Olave has done for the last three seasons at Ohio State. He’s considered a legitimate deep threat with speed to burn. He ran a 4.39 40-yard-dash at the NFL Combine, but is also more than just a deep-ball specialist.

He profiles as a player who, like London, can be a true No. 1 receiver a the NFL level. He’s a smooth route-runner and has the ability to make plays in open space in abundance.

He notched 176 receptions for 2,711 yards and 35 touchdowns in four seasons in Columbus. He averaged 15.7 yards per catch and had a long of 61 in his senior season.

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur wants a speedy game-breaker, and Olave would more than fit the bill. Snagging him would be even sweeter for Green Bay at No. 28 because he has top 15 to 20 talent.

This mock draft would go a long way towards fixing Green Bay’s wideout problem

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A Green Bay Packers fan cheers in the second half against the Houston Texans during the preseason game at Lambeau Field | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

“They go receiver-receiver with their two picks. Why not?” Prisco wrote. “Without Davante Adams, they need help in the worst way.”

Prisco is correct; the Packers do need help at wide receiver. No offense meant to Allen Lazard or Randall Cobb, but neither of those players can be a No. 1 on a Super Bowl contending team. In fact, they shouldn’t even be No. 2’s on a playoff team. They’re great depth pieces and X-factors but nothing more.

Prisco’s mock would fix that problem for Green Bay. In London and Olave, the Packers would be getting two potential No. 1 receivers.

Give them some time to get used to the scheme and adjust to the NFL game and it’s not all that hard to predict that either player can lead a team in receiving.

Throw in the fact that they’d be catching footballs from Aaron Rodgers in this scenario, and the sky would be the limit.

In an offseason that could be described as emptional and somewhat scarring for Packers fans, this is a draft scenario that would have cheeseheads crying and dancing in the streets.

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac

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