The Green Bay Packers went with a receiver from Nevada in the fourth round. Here is insight from the man who studied him closely Nevada Sports Net’s Christopher Murray
The Green Bay Packers crushed Day 3 of the draft. They found great value and some potential contributors in each of the rounds that take place on the third day of the draft.
One of those guys represents the second of three receivers they selected over the weekend. That was Nevada’s Romeo Doubs
To get a little more insight on these two, I asked a few questions to Chris Murray, the beat writer for Nevada Sports
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1.) Doubs has been painted as a “deep threat only” type coming into Green Bay – do you foresee him being able to do more as a receiver?
CM: The big knock on him during the pre-draft process was whether he could get clean releases off the line of scrimmage against strong press coverage. Nevada did move him around a lot during his senior season, even playing him out of the slot. So he wasn’t solely an outside receiver/deep threat. Against Fresno State, he caught 19 balls for 203 yards, so it wasn’t all deep bombs (although he had double-digit catches in just four of his 43 games at Nevada). Certainly his deep-ball game, and ability to get separation down the field, is his biggest strength. But he has more in the bag. He’s still relatively new to the position as a kid who played quarterback in high school, so his route running must develop. Those concerns are what made him a fourth-round pick rather than a top-50 pick.
2.) Let’s talk special teams, he was a punt returner at Nevada. How was he back there? Can he return kickoffs too?
CM: He was a two-time All-Mountain West honoree as a punt returner. In fact, the first time he touched a ball in a college game was via punt return. He brought that one back 80 yards for a touchdown. In 37 punt-return attempts in college, he averaged 12.5 yards per return. So he is dangerous there. I could see him handling punt returns in the NFL. He never had issues with muffs, and he was scary in the open field. At Nevada, he didn’t do kickoff returns, so I don’t see that as a fit.
3.) What is his best asset as a receiver?
CM: His speed, although he didn’t run a 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine or Nevada Pro Day. He was inactive for those, citing a minor knee injury. The word at Nevada was always that he didn’t run great clock times, but certainly that speed showed up on the field. He would get a couple of steps behind the defense a few times every game the last two seasons. Will he be able to simply run past guys in the NFL? That will be more difficult. But he led the FBS last season with most touchdowns when the ball was thrown 20 yards down the field (eight). That’s his biggest asset. He’s also a big and strong wideout (6-2, 200). He did struggle with drops at times in his career.
4.) The Packers are a team that needed to add to their receiver room. Is Doubs someone you can envision being a contributor in year 1?
CM: It’s hard to project how receivers will fare in their first NFL season (see Amari Rodgers last season). Doubs has the physical skills to step in and be a day-one contributor thanks to his age, experience, size and speed. The Packers’ lack of wideout depth will certainly give him that opportunity as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if he made a big splash as a rookie. He’s a talented wideout.