BREAKING: Packers trade up to select WR Christian Watson with the 34th pick

The Pick:

There it is. After a run on WRs in the middle of the first round, the Packers make a huge move in the second round to trade both of their second-round picks in order to move up 19 spots and draft Christian Watson out of North Dakota State.

Analysis:

Christian Watson is a decorated receiver who had a stellar career with the North Dakota State Bison. Although Watson played for an FCS school he already has experience playing with a first-round NFL Draft quarterback in Trey Lance. Watson who stands 6-5 and ran a sub 4.4 40-yard dash will bring great size and speed to the Packers’ WR room.

Watson was a 5-year member of the Bison as he red-shirted his freshmen season before joining the gamely squad in 2018. He has been a starter for the past three seasons and became a decorated player for the program. The size and speed is evident on tape and this is certainly a player who looks like he has a high NFL ceiling.

Team Fit:

Well. It is a WR. I bet the only person who is more relieved than Packers fans is Aaron Rodgers. Watson will join a WR room that currently has veterans Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Sammy Watkins. Watson will definitely be expected to compete immediately but he certainly has solid veterans to learn from in the WR room. Rodgers will also be great for Watson. Who better to have than the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP as your first quarterback in the NFL.

The Packers have struck gold with second-round WRS as Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams were all second-round guys. Hopefully Watson can continue the gold strike that the Packers have found at the position in the second round. Speaking of gold strikes, Watson’s former QB Trey Lance and the Packers playoff nemesis in the 49ers better look out.

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Pierson Beatty is a lifelong Packers fan and Journalism student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. You can follow him on twitter at @pierson_gbp .

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