Bakers general manager Brian Gutkunst, who led the team to a series that didn’t create a first-round receiver in 20 years on Thursday, didn’t wait long to make a move Friday. He sent both of his second-round picks (Nos. 53 and 59) to the rival Minnesota Vikings for the 34th overall try and used them at the North Dakota State catcher. Christian Watson .
Watson was the seventh recipient of the draft and the first recipient of Day 2.
Watson became the last second-round receiver created by the Packers, joining others like him. Tawante Adams (No. 53 overall in 2014) Randall Cobb (No. 64 in 2011) and Jordi Nelson (No. 36 in 2008), all of whom were favorite targets of star quarterbacks. Aaron Rogers .
“We had a lot of success with second- and third-round receivers in Green Bay,” Rodgers said Thursday night on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM and YouTube show that the Packers didn’t take the first-round receiver. “You see Greg Jennings, Jordi Nelson, Randall Kobe, James Jones in the third round. [in 2007], apparently Davante Adams in the second round. Those guys turned out so well.”
Now Watson needs to figure out how to relate to Rodgers, which has taken time for young receivers in the past.
When asked what they would say when they met Rodgers, I would say, “I’m ready to work.” “I’m ready to learn and I’m ready to go after it. I knew he would treat me harshly, and that was exactly what I wanted. I want the person who continues to inspire me to be the best player he can be, and I know he is one of the best players he will ever have. It’s all from me, so he shoots, I’ll tell him I’m ready to work and ready to shoot, and I’m ready to go ».
Watson’s father, Tim, was selected by the Packers in the sixth round for a defense in 1993. Although his father never played for the Packers, he played a total of 13 games with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Philadelphia. Eagles from 1993 to 1997.
When asked if his father had more Packers equipment, Watson said, “I think he definitely will. It was a great achievement for him. They are the roots of him, so he clings to that. I hope he has a lot ». ‘Green and yellow around the house to pull’.
The 6-foot-4, 208-pound Watson caught 43 passes for 801 yards with seven touchdowns last season for the FCS national title-winning North Dakota State. In four years with the Bison, he averaged 20.4 yards per catch and received two kickoff returns for a touchdown.
“His physical characteristics and athletic ability make it much easier [to contribute immediately] 6-foot, 185-pound guy,” said Mild Hendrickson, the Packers’ director of football operations. He is a great man “.
This season, the Bakers traded Adams, who wanted to go to the Las Vegas Raiders. The 53rd pick sent to Minnesota was part of that trade with Las Vegas and was ranked 22nd overall. Green Bay also lost wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scondling and equivalent to St. Brown in free enterprise.
Packers top receiver Alan Lazard , He had 40 receptions and eight touchdowns for 513 yards last season. There is no other width, including the new one, on Green Payne’s list. Sami Watkins Had 400 yards last season.
The addition of Watson and Watkins has changed the face of Green Bay’s receiving room, but Goodgunst hasn’t solved that situation.
After the third round on Friday, he said, “Reconcile is not the word I use.” “I think there will be a lot [of chances for additions] between now and the first game, but I really like the team.
“Apparently with Sammy and now Christian, we’ve added some game skill in the room. We talk a lot about Randall and Allen and how much they mean to our football team. Then there will be opportunities for them.” அமரி [Rodgers] . So we have a pretty solid team of five and some other guys who contributed.”
The Green Bay wide receiver didn’t solve the problem Thursday, instead using the 22nd overall pick at linebacker to pick a couple of players from the Georgia team and focus on first-round defense. Dock Walker and Devonde Wyatt Cope No. At 28.
The Packers didn’t draft a wide receiver in the first round after Florida’s Javon Walker finished 20th overall in 2002.
But this is the most the Packers receiver took after the Walker test. Although Hendrickson wouldn’t say whether the Packers attempted a first-round trade for Watson on Thursday, he did bring his old boss, Ozzy Newsom, with him to the Baltimore Ravens.
“I was in Baltimore and spent many years there. [Newsome] always said, ‘A choice is just a choice until he becomes a player,'” Hendrickson said. “From that point of view, if you love a player, you will find a way to get it.”