Some statements made about the Packers at wide receiver, if true, require that in a big way Gutey does not know what the hell he is doing. What follows is my reasoning and I look forward to thoughts/opinions.
One post I saw said that we have need at WR as none have been selected in an early round in a while. Others have expressed the same general idea. We have no legit #2 and we need to target wide receiver.
But, how do such statements impact what Gutey did with the draft the year before last?
He drafted WR's in rounds 4, 5, and 6. If the consensus is that wideouts drafted that late cannot be bonafide #1 or #2 wideouts, he absolutely wasted three draft choices.
I cannot see that as feasible. What is the alternative? He hoped to get one or two legit #3's?
The only possibility I see that can justify the selections made are that our GM understands that picking 3 receivers at those rounds will generally return at least one #1 or #2 wideout and possibly in addition one who is a #2 or #3.
I see no alternative to this assuming he knows what he is doing.
Generally, receivers do not blossom until their second year. With receivers drafted at rounds 4-6, I think it is more likely such a receiver will not blossom his first year. As an example, he may have come from a smaller program and be in need of more training (MVS).
If this is true, this means the jury must be out. We cannot possibly know yet if the selections were a bust or not and by bust I mean that none of them ever qualifies as a solid #2 at least.
MVS shows possibility and I guess ESB does as well though his progress is of course slowed by injury.
Unless Gutey does not know what he is doing to the extent of throwing away three draft choices (because, after all, a good receiver must be drafted higher, some say), I think the only thing that makes sense is a wait and see approach.
Second year returns must be in and assuming Gute knew what he was doing with those selections and assuming he was not real unlucky with his picks, we will be just fine. MVS will at worst be a solid #2 and EQB may as well.