Packers news: Peter King projects Green Bay to draft Noah Fant, D.K. Metcalf
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Peter King projects Packers to draft Noah Fant, D.K. Metcalf

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The first round of the NFL Draft is just two days away, and NBC Sports’ Peter King predicts the Green Bay Packers will make a big offensive splash when they are on the clock.

King, who recently released his mock draft and he believes the Packers will give quarterback Aaron Rodgers some new weapons with the 12th and 30th overall picks. At No. 12 overall, King has the Packers drafting Iowa tight end Noah Fant. At No. 30, King has the Packers taking Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.

Here’s King on Fant:

Over his last two seasons at Iowa, Fant average 14.7 yards per catch and had 18 receiving touchdowns. Contrast that to teammate Hockenson’s 14.8-yard average over the last two years, with nine touchdowns. Very interesting. And Fant runs better, in the 4.5-second 40- range. This is probably 10 picks too high for Fant, and it wouldn’t surprise me if GM Brian Gutekunst picks long-term offensive tackle Andre Dillard here instead. But in any case, I can’t see Fant making it out of the first round.”

Fant had a strong 2018 season for the Hawkeyes, recording 39 receptions for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. He would provide an instant impact for an offense looking to dog itself out of a rut.

The same can be said of Metcalf. Here’s King on the receiver:

“This would be very anti-Packer. Last wideout taken in the first round: 17 years ago, Javon Walker … I might go Marquise Brown here if I were Green Bay, but I realize a 166-pound burner may not have the shelf life of a Sterling Sharpe-big-bodied player like Metcalf.”

Metcalf would serve as an excellent go-to second option as he developed while playing behind Davante Adams.