The Green Bay Packers have officially shored up the wide receiver position. Adding three receivers in total in the 2022 NFL Draft was something that many fans saw coming, though it hasn’t been done since 2018 when Brian Gutekunst selected J’mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown. That isn’t to say that this is unusual for the current circumstance, it needed to be done this year after the departure of star WR Davante Adams. Samori Toure spent a few good years with the University of Montana before sitting out the 2020 season, and finally going on to play for Nebraska in 2021.
Toure put on a solid final season with 46 catches for 898 yards and 5 touchdowns, with a long reception of 72 yards. As a prospect Toure fits into the box of what’s come to be expected of the Matt Lafleur offense, he’s got a big frame, listed at 6’3 and 190 pounds, and he ran a 4.48 40 yard dash. While his size and athleticism fit the mold, (outside of his bench press numbers) he’s probably going to need to be able play special teams to make the final active roster. With what seems to be 6 wide receivers ahead of him in a now somewhat crowded position room in Green Bay, he has his work cut out for him.
Green Bay showed interest in Toure in the pre-draft process and must have liked something they saw or heard from him after using one of their 30 allocated visits on him. Toure is one of five of the Packers draft selections that were used on players that they had already visited with before the draft.
As the final pick for the Packers, the initial hope is that Toure can start by making the roster. However, you can bet that with his size and athleticism, and with the initial interest showed by Green Bay’s front office, the ideal end goal is most likely for him to defy the odds and become a contributing starter on offense at some point in the future.——————
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