Forecasting the Green Bay Packers’ 2015 Wide Receivers; Or, Randall Cobb Is A Must Sell
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To the casual observer, wide receiver was probably not perceived as a pressing need for the Green Bay Packers going into the 2014 draft. Other than the loss of James Jones, their WR3, all their of their other WRs were returning. So people may have been a bit surprised to see them not only take a WR as early as the 2nd round, but to then take two more later in the draft. It starts to make more sense if you look at these three pages. Per Over the Cap, those are the contracts for Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin, respectively. You may notice that 2014 is the last year on all three contracts. This helps explain why they added Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis, in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th rounds, respectively. Of course, they aren’t just going to let the former three go and replace them with the new guys, but what’s important is that they likely have more talent than opportunity at the position now. Given that change is certain, I think it’s necessary that we consider what may play out in Green Bay, especially since “Green Bay starting WR” is almost always equivalent to “fantasy football starter”. While the utility of these kinds of forward thinking exercises is more clear for dynasty purposes, I believe they also have useful redraft applications.