Round 2 (42): Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Brian Gutekunst isn’t afraid to trade up to target a player at a position of need. Don’t be surprised if he does it again for a wide receiver he likes in this year’s draft. With Christian Watson still on the board, I didn’t want to risk missing out on him, so jumped ahead of the wide receiver-needy Atlanta Falcons to make it happen.
To move up, the Packers send two fourth-rounders along with their first second-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts.
Unless the Packers make a trade or sign a top free agent at wide receiver, they will likely need to double-down at the position in the draft. After landing Chris Olave on Day 1, they find another excellent receiver prospect in the second round with North Dakota State’s Christian Watson.
You’ll notice a theme here. Watson is another incredible athlete. According to Kent Lee Platte, Watson has an RAS of 10.0, the maximum score, which ranks second out of 2,613 wide receivers since 1987. That is an amazing statistic.
Not just a great athlete, but also an excellent wide receiver. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah wrote that Watson “could emerge as one of the best pass-catchers in this class”.
Watson is 6-foot-4, 208 pounds, but ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash. A great athlete with the potential to become an excellent NFL receiver, Watson would be a great addition to the Packers’ offense along with Chris Olave.