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Projecting Geronimo Allison's future production could impact Packers' draft

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In 2013, Jarrett Boykin went from virtually unknown to one of the Green Bay Packers' leading receivers.

And then he disappeared.

After he caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns in what many thought was a breakout season, he caught just three passes in 13 games in 2014 -- the last time he registered an NFL regular-season catch despite bouncing around with a few other teams in the offseasons that followed.

Perhaps the Packers knew Boykin wouldn't repeat his 2013 performance because that next spring, they used a second-round pick on receiver Davante Adams.

Two years later, they have to be asking themselves the same thing about Geronimo Allison, an undrafted free agent who burst on to the scene midway through last season when the Packers promoted him from the practice squad. Allison's first NFL reception was a touchdown on Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Falcons, and he became a regular part of the offense ever since that game. Including the postseason, he caught 17 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns. His biggest game came in the regular-season finale at Detroit, where he caught four passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Allison was re-signed on Friday -- a formality because as a second-year player he was an exclusive-rights free agent after he signed a one-year deal when he was promoted from the practice squad.

As much as quarterback Aaron Rodgers praised Allison and relied on him late in the year, it's worth wondering if he will become another Boykin.

Receiver wouldn't appear to be high on the Packers' list of needs heading into the draft later this month, but given general manager Ted Thompson's track record for picking good ones, especially in the second and third rounds, perhaps another receiver could be picked earlier than later in the draft.

The Packers have taken at least one receiver in five of the last six drafts, including four years in a row. With Adams headed into the final year of his rookie contract, perhaps Thompson will try to protect himself against losing him. Adams, if he hits free agency next offseason, could be one of the most coveted receivers on the market.

Thompson also has to consider where Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are at this stage of their careers. Nelson, despite winning comeback player of the year last season when he returned from his torn ACL, will turn 32 next month. Cobb, meanwhile, hasn't matched his production that led to the four-year, $40 million contract he signed two years ago.

Plus, the Packers moved another receiver, Ty Montgomery, to running back.

Also, they've yet to find out whether Jeff Janis or Trevor Davis can be consistent contributors.

All of which leads back to Allison. At 6-foot-3, he's one of the tallest receivers on the Packers' roster. Still, the question remains whether he can follow up last year's performance.