During the third round, four more wide receivers came off the board before the Packers took Deguara: Memphis’ Antonio Gibson went to Washington; Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden Jr. went to Las Vegas; South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards went to the Raiders as well; and Texas’ Devin Duvernay went to the Baltimore Ravens two picks before the Packers took Deguara.
In all, 13 wide receivers went in the first two rounds of the draft, breaking the record set in 2014 when 12 went during the first two rounds. That class was one that included Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Jarvis Landry and Packers No. 1 receiver Davante Adams.
The Packers have long mined the second and third rounds for wide receiver talent, dating back to Pro Football Hall of Fame GM Ron Wolf’s drafts in the early-to-mid 1990s that he used to build his Super Bowl XXXI-winning team in 1996. Among the receivers Wolf took in the third round were South Carolina’s Robert Brooks (1992) and Virginia Tech’s Antonio Freeman (1995).
Ted Thompson gave Brett Favre and Rodgers a host of wide receiving weapons in those rounds during his tenure by drafting Western Michigan’s Greg Jennings (second round, 2006), San Jose State’s James Jones (third round, 2007), Kansas State’s Jordy Nelson (second round, 2008), Kentucky’s Randall Cobb (second round, 2011) and Fresno State’s Adams (second round, 2014).
By not selecting a receiver in the first round, the Packers ran their streak of avoiding the position in the opening round to 19 years. The last wideout to come to Green Bay as a first-round pick was Florida State’s Javon Walker in 2002, when he was selected by then-head coach/GM Mike Sherman.