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CBS Sports names ‘sleeper rookie’ who could play key role for Packers in 2022


CBS Sports thinks a 2022 seventh-round draft pick could end up playing a key role for the Green Bay Packers this upcoming season.

Chris Trapasso, an NFL draft analyst for CBS Sports, pointed out Samori Toure, a wide receiver out of Nebraska, as a “sleeper rookie” to keep an eye on in 2022.

Toure, who averaged 19.5 yards per catch at Nebraska last season, was selected with the No. 258 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Packers.

Here’s what Trapasso had to say about Toure:

In his lone season at Nebraska, Toure was a problem. Didn’t matter the setting, opponent or the coverage. He even was the most impressive wideout at the East-West Shrine Game.

The Packers have 43.5% of their targets available from 2021 and doesn’t it feel like they’re always plucking receivers from obscurity? Jeff JanisGeronimo AllisonJake Kumerow, heck, even Allen Lazard was an undrafted free agent. Toure is a big play waiting to happen thanks to deceptive burst and long speed, and he has reliable hands — even through contact — Aaron Rodgers is going to adore.

Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Samori Toure (3) rushes with the football after catching a pass during the fourth quarter at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay might have found a hidden gem in the seventh round with Toure. The former Nebraska wide receiver has decent wide receiver height (6-foot-1) and he has good athleticism.

Toure fell to the seventh round mostly because he’s already 24 years old and he only has one season of production at the FBS level. He also has a somewhat thin frame.

The Portland, OR native is a solid route runner, he understands leverage, and he can make contested catches. Toure’s biggest on-field issue is his lack of physicality (adding some weight will be necessary for him to stick in the NFL).

Toure will most likely be used in the slot, which is where he seems most comfortable.

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Zach Ragan
I write about sports stuff. Long-suffering Mets fan from the south. You can complain about me on Twitter at @zachTNT


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