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Unpacking Future Packers: No. 89, Maryland WR Rakim Jarrett

The Unpacking Future Packers Countdown is a countdown of the 100 prospects who could be selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Romeo Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. During his rookie season, the former Nevada wide receiver displayed a skill that made many wonder why he fell to the Packers in the fourth round.

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One wide receiver that the Packers could target in the fourth round in the 2023 NFL Draft is Rakim Jarrett. The Maryland wide receiver checks in at No. 89 on the Unpacking Future Packers countdown.

Jarrett, a five-star recruit, was the DC Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019. During his first season on campus, Jarrett caught 17 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns (in four games). The following season Jarrett reeled in 62 receptions for 829 yards and five touchdowns.

Jarrett’s production dropped this season. He finished with 40 receptions for 471 yards and three touchdowns. He was also credited with eight drops this season (PFF).

,He had a solid season, but didn’t post the kind of numbers he did as a sophomore,” said Jeff Erman, Maryland beat writer for InsideMDSports.com. Spread the ball out to more receivers, so his touches were limited and he had more drops than usual. But he did his share of plays.

At 6-0, 190 pounds, Jarrett is a wide route runner. He is able to win at the line of scrimmage because of his quickness. He explodes in and out of his breaks and has skillful footwork. He does a good job of mixing up his gear to manipulate coverage. He moves and has short-area quickness to break away from the slot. The former five-star recruit has a high football IQ and finds a soft spot against zone coverage.

“He’s a good route runner,” Erman said. “He studied his Maryland predecessor, Stefon Diggs, who is one of the best route runners in the NFL. Not to say he’s on Diggs’ level, but he is a good route runner.

Jarrett tripped after the catch. Once he gets the ball in his hands, he finds a different gear. He is able to miss the first man and has the power and balance to make a hand-to-hand tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, Jarrett had 430 yards after the catch in 2021 and 273 yards after the catch last season.

“His physicality,” Erman said. “He has speed and size and good hands, but when he comes face-to-face against a cornerback in the open field, he’s usually going to make his way to extra yards. He’s a good yard-after in the league. Must be the catch boy.

It is well documented that Matt LaFleur and his staff want wide receivers who are good blockers. Erman said that Jarrett was a willing blocker during his time at Maryland.

,He’s a capable blocker,” Erman said. “His strength and aggression serve him well in that department.”

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The Packers need to connect the pieces around Christian Watson. He’s the centerpiece of the elaborate receiver room at 1265 Lombardi Ave.

Jarrett can line up inside or outside. He is dangerous in space and he is a sophisticated route runner. He has the tools to develop into a solid No. 2 or No. 3 wide receiver.

“He is a high character, athletic receiver and an ambitious hard worker,” Erman said. “I don’t know if he will become a star or not, but I think he will have a long career as a good player in the league.”

The Packers have their vertical threats in Watson and Doubs. They need a smooth wide receiver who can win over the middle routes. With his skills, Jarrett would be a perfect complement to Watson and Doubs. Like Doubs, Jarrett could prove to be a steal for the Packers on the third day of the draft.


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