Heading into the 2023 NFL Draft, there may not be a team that needs to add weapons more than the Green Bay Packers.
For the second consecutive offseason, they witnessed key contributors at their skill positions depart, leaving a few voids in their lineup.
In 2022, it was wide receivers Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling that left Green Bay. This offseason, wide receiver Allen Lazard and tight end Robert Tonyan both found new homes.
The Packers are hoping that they can add more draft capital with the trade of Aaron Rodgers. But, for now, the team is slated to pick No. 15 in the first round. At that spot, both the top wide receivers and tight ends will be in play.
Green Bay does have two young wide receivers in Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs on the depth chart, but beyond them, there isn’t much to rely on.
That lack of depth and their skill sets is what makes the Packers the best fit for Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
We didn’t see much of Smith-Njigba during the 2022 season as he dealt with multiple injuries. He appeared in only three games, but when he was healthy in 2021, he produced like a star. During his sophomore season, Smith-Njigba caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns.
He would be a perfect fit in a trio with Watson and Doubs. Watson has excellent deep ball skills to stretch the field with while Doubs has a developing route tree.
Both players can excel on the perimeter, which makes the slot skill set of Smith-Njigba a perfect fit in this scheme.
Smith-Njigba has the elite foot speed and ability to change direction on a dime is ideal to find success early on in his career.
His route tree is advanced from the slot position and would be a reliable target working underneath and on intermediate routes.
If Jordan Love is to experience any success early on, the Packers need to add more weapons to their offense.
Smith-Njigba would be a perfect addition, rounding out what would be a three-headed monster at the wide receiver position oozing with upside.