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Packers GM Has Message For Fans Who Wanted Team To Draft WR

A closeup of a Green Bay Packers football helmet.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 15: A Green Bay Packer helmet on the sideline before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 15, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers' decades-long streak of not taking a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft extended another year when they went all defense last night. But this time, the team decided to defend the decision.

Speaking to the media, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst made it clear that the team would not "reach" for a wide receiver just to give star quarterback Aaron Rodgers more weapons. He said that the team can use their remaining nine draft picks to get other receivers at better value.

“I think having weapons for him to go to is important,” Gutekunst said, via Sports Illustrated. “We play in September, and we’ve got nine picks the next couple days and a whole summer before we get to that first game. So, I think certainly by the time we get to that first game, we’re going to add some one way or another to that room. Hopefully, it’ll fall right for us the next two days but, if it doesn’t, I don’t think we can reach and make bad decisions just because they’ve got a WR by their name.”

While there's certainly truth to the statement that the Packers can go wide receiver in the later rounds, it dismisses the fact that they didn't get one of the top options. Six of the top receiver prospects on the board as well as several players available via a trade are now off the market.

Aaron Rodgers is 38 years old and still playing at a remarkably high level. It would make sense to give Rodgers every tool possible to continue playing that well.

But the Packers have not drafted a receiver or a running back in the first round for the entirety of Rodgers' career. While they have found success with the receivers they've taken in Rounds 2 through 7 and the UDFA field, the best of the best are often long gone by then.

The Packers may come to regret not putting more of a focus on offense with Rodgers coming off back-to-back MVP campaigns.

What do you make of the Packers skipping on wide receivers in the first round?