All roads lead to Las Vegas. As the football world prepares for the 2020 NFL Draft, prospects from across the country have gathered in Indianapolis. The NFL’s annual athletic showcase is off to a flying start. Matt Lafleur has been spotted closely following a number of Packers targets at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.
Wide receiver Denzel Mims of Baylor should be a top target for the Green Bay Packers in the first two rounds. Mims checks all the boxes for a Packers pass catcher. He is a route running technician, with the subtle skills needed to separate from defenders at the top of his routes. Notably, Mims improved his technique each year at Baylor, and refined his tools for the next level. Running a 4.38 second forty-yard dash, while standing six-foot-three, and weighing 207 pounds will have NFL teams salivating. Though he was a Bear in college, he’ll fit right in as a Packer in the NFL.
Expect the Packers to add multiple weapons at all levels for Aaron Rodgers going into the 2020 season. If the Packers draft a tight end, Dayton star Adam Trautman makes a lot of sense. The small school standout impressed in positional drills on Thursday night. Most notably, running a 6.78-second three cone drill at 255 pounds. That places Trautman in elite athletic company, as his run is the fifth-fastest three cone of any tight end since 2006. He also displayed his highly sought after skills as an in-line blocker. Trautman added a great performance in the new sled blocking drill to round out his night.
Notre Dame wideout Chase Claypool has his stock shooting through the roof after Thursday night’s display. Claypool became just the second wide receiver since 2006 to run a 4.4 forty-yard dash at over six- foot-four and 230 pounds. That other receiver? None other than Calvin Johnson. The man who chose to go to Notre Dame after watching Rudy has a long way to go in his development. However, the Packers could use Claypool in the slot as a matchup nightmare. The Fighting Irish Alum was expected to a late round pick. After his performance at the combine, he could be selected far higher than that.
Green Bay should be looking at adding as much speed to the football team as possible. Difference making play-makers are desperately needed on this football team. Should the Packers be able to draft even one of these three weapons, the offense could look far more dangerous next season. The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine provide plenty of opportunity for the Green Bay Packers to find their guys.Nick is a lifelong Packers fan. 4th and 26 was on his 13th birthday, unlucky. Follow him @CANDRAFTGEEK647 on Twitter for all your Packers draft needs and questions.