2014 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers Must Address Need at WR

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With James Jones and Jermichael Finley leaving in free agency, the Green Bay Packers should look in this year’s draft for a receiver to take some pressure off of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Also, Nelson and Cobb will both be free agents at the end of the 2014 NFL season. Selecting a receiver in this year’s draft would be extremely wise for Ted Thompson as it would give Aaron Rodgers another weapon to work with.

In 2014, Jarrett Boykin will have the opportunity to break out and show why he is capable of being the No. 3 receiver, but he has some flaws. His hands aren’t the best, and he needs to do commit to the run game like he does in the passing game. Rodgers threw the ball to Boykin a lot last year, and that should continue barring any injury to either of them. Boykin has the upside to be a solid receiver in this open offense, but the Packers should look to the draft for additional help.

You can never have enough wide receivers in today’s league, and drafting a receiver like Cody Hoffman or Brandon Coleman would be monumental to this offense. Both players are difficult to defend, and they both have the potential to be outstanding NFL wideouts. Hoffman is a guy who didn’t have the best college career because of the offense he played in. But at 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Hoffman has an NFL-ready frame that could interest a ton of receiver-needy teams in the draft. Coleman is also a massive body at 6-foot-6, 220-pounds. He needs to work on his hands, but Rodgers could make this guy a huge contributor in this offense.

As of now, the Packers do not have many red zone options. Their tallest receiver on the roster is Boykin at 6-foot-2, and tight end Andrew Quarless is still extremely raw. That said, the Packers should draft some offensive skill players to help out this offense. Hoffman or Coleman would present matchup nightmares across the field. Both have the bodies to catch the goal line fade play that has become so popular in today’s game. With the uncertainty of this position in the future for Green Bay, the Packers should take advantage of this deep wide receiver class in this year’s NFL Draft.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.


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