The Green Bay Packers will enter the playoffs this year with Davante Adams as their only reliable option at the wide receiver position. This begs the question, what if the Packers had drafted Tyreek Hill in the 2016 NFL Draft?
During the 2016 NFL Draft, Green Bay selected Trevor Davis with the 163rd overall pick. Davis, a wide receiver out of California, was expected to come in and be a difference-maker for the Packers.
Instead, in his rookie season, Davis rarely saw the field as he caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown. Altogether, Davis combined for nine receptions, 122 yards, and one touchdown in his three-and-a half seasons in Green Bay.
Throughout his stay in Green Bay, Davis spent most of his time on special teams. The California product was able to record 1,240 return yards as the primary returner for the Packers.
Earlier this season, the Packers decided to trade Davis to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round pick. The kick-return specialist didn't last long in Oakland before he was waived by the team in December.
Without a doubt, the Packers would like to go back to 2016 and select Hill with the 163rd overall pick. But in reality, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to land Hill with the 165th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs' speedy wideout fell later in the draft due to his off-the-field issues in college. Nevertheless, Kansas City decided it was worth the trouble to take the risk on a talent like Hill.
The West Alabama alumni provided the fans in Kansas City with a glimpse of what he could bring to the franchise for years to come. In his rookie campaign, Hill corralled 61 passes for 593 yards and six touchdowns.
However, from 2017-2018, the big-play wideout averaged 81 receptions, 1,331 yards, and nearly 10 touchdowns per season. As a result, the Chiefs handed Hill a three-year, $54 million extension prior to the 2019 season.
Despite missing four games, Hill has still produced 54 receptions, 799 yards, and seven touchdowns this year. It goes without saying that Green Bay could use that sort of production alongside Adams.
Before the trade deadline in October, the Packers were contemplating making a move for a wide receiver. In the end, they chose to remain put with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, and Allen Lazard.
Besides Adams, those three wide receivers listed above have combined for only 86 receptions, 1,111 yards, and six touchdowns. Altogether, all of Green Bay's wide receivers on the roster have accumulated 11 touchdowns—only four more than Hill by himself.
As the Packers embark on their playoff run, it is interesting to wonder what could have been if Hill was wearing green and yellow on Sundays. At the least, the duo of Adams and Hill with Aaron Rodgers throwing them the ball would've been must-watch television.