The Green Bay Packers are in an interesting spot heading into the 2019 season. Last season was a disaster by all accounts and resulted in the firing of longtime coach Mike McCarthy. Aaron Rodgers appeared disinterested at times, and the team hired 39-year-old Matt LaFleur to be their new coach in an attempt to spark something.
The Packers got leapfrogged by the Chicago Bears in the division, and the Minnesota Vikings are still extremely talented. To keep up in the NFC North and avoid fading from relevance, the Packers need to be bold this offseason. In addition to hiring LaFleur, which was a step in the right direction, as well as the additions they made to their defense with Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, and Za'Darius Smith. Still, they could use some new weapons to spice things up on the offensive side of the ball.
The perfect addition would be Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. Rodgers has been forced to work mostly with a revolving cast of late-round picks aside from Davante Adams recently, and could use someone like Metcalf. Metcalf is an athletic freak who would give the Packers another top option opposite Adams, especially with Randall Cobb likely moving on to another franchise.
Thanks to their draft day trade with the Saints last year, the Packers have an extra first round pick. The Packers currently own both the 12th and 30th picks in this April's draft. Metcalf will likely go somewhere in between those two picks, and Green Bay can ensure they'll get him if they truly want him, either by moving back from 12 or possibly moving up from 30.
Metcalf is one of the most athletic receivers in recent draft history, blowing up the NFL Combine not only with his size but his sheer ability. In just seven games with the Rebels this past season, he racked up 569 yards and five touchdowns while averaging an absurd 21.9 yards per reception.
He just turned 21 in December and still has plenty of room to grow. His stock will only continue to trend up as we get closer to draft day, and the Packers might need to end up using the 12th pick to get him depending on what happens with his stock. Metcalf is 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds and is insanely fast for his size.
The Vikings have perhaps the best receiving duo in the NFL with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, while the Bears have one of the best secondaries in the league, and the Packers need to compete with that. Adding Metcalf to a group which already consists of Adams, Geronimo Allison, and promising second-year players Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown would give Green Bay one of the best receiving corps in the entire league.
Players like D.K. Metcalf don't come around often, and the Packers need to make a splash here to get back some of the excitement they've been lacking. Metcalf will be electric at the next level, and pairing him with Rodgers is the stuff of nightmares for their division rivals.