Deebo Samuel, Jarvis Landry Top Landing Spots After 2022 NFL Draft Day 1

Doric SamApril 29, 2022

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It's been a wildly eventful offseason for wide receivers, and Thursday's first round of the 2022 NFL draft continued that trend with a pair of trades involving star pass-catchers.

But a receiver who was expected to be on the move stayed put as the San Francisco 49ers held on to Deebo Samuel. Free-agent receiver Jarvis Landry also remains on the open market. So what are some of the best landing spots remaining for the two of them?

After Thursday's first round, the number of teams with a need for a top wide receiver has diminished significantly. A total of six wideouts were drafted on Thursday, one shy of the all-time record set in 2004.

The team that still has the most glaring need on the outside is the Green Bay Packers, who continued their trend of avoiding receivers in the first round by using both their picks on defensive players. It's a curious strategy considering Green Bay is lacking weapons for star quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the departures of Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

It would be a massive surprise to see the 49ers strike a deal with the Packers, as both teams are hoping to be contenders in the NFC in 2022. It's also unlikely that Green Bay has the assets available to entice San Francisco into a trade. The Packers would be wise to make a run at Landry to add a consistent option for Rodgers.

Another top team that is still in the wide receiver market is the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the additions of Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs still lack a home run hitter after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. While Landry is a similar player to Kansas City's current wideouts, Samuel would give the team a versatile weapon for head coach Andy Reid to deploy in a variety of ways.

There are a few rising teams that could also use upgrades to their receiving corps. The Indianapolis Colts need a second option opposite Michael Pittman Jr. The New England Patriots need a go-to receiver for second-year quarterback Mac Jones. The Pittsburgh Steelers could use a veteran weapon for incoming rookie Kenny Pickett, who was drafted 20th overall on Thursday.

It will be interesting to see which team is willing to give up assets to acquire Samuel, who will likely garner a long-term contract extension with his new team. While Landry remains on the market, the more cost-effective move would be to sign him to a short-term deal.


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