GREEN BAY – Everyone has been talking about the Packers and when they’ll take a receiver in the draft and most pointed to the second round.
Well, that’s exactly what happened on Friday night when the Packers decided to trade up in the second round to take North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson with the 34th overall pick in the draft.
Details of the trade are currently unclear, but the Packers moved up 19 spots, at minimum to take Watson. Based off Rich Hill’s draft trade value chart, it most likely cost the Packers their third-round pick (No. 92) or one of their fourth-rounders and a lower-end pick.
Watson is arguably a top-3 receiver talent in this draft, but he needs to really work on his route running and it will be interesting to see how he does against better competition after playing in the FCS.
But, he has all the traits to make it work in the NFL and there are other veterans on the team in Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, and Robert Tonyan to help take the pressure off in Year 1.
It is a bit curious that the Packers didn’t take a more refined receiver in George Pickens, but what offsets that is Pickens’ ceiling isn’t as high as Watson’s. The hope is that Aaron Rodgers can elevate the play of Watson while he grows and adjust to NFL life.
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