Packers draft analysis: Green Bay hits a home run in second round

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GM Brian Gutekunst and Green Bay Packers brass are having a strong draft so far.

After selecting two Georgia defensive studs in LB Quay Walker and DT Devonte Wyatt, who will both make this defense even more elite, they went big on offense.

After trading up with the rival Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay selected WR Christian Watson out of North Dakota State at pick No. 33. Then, Green Bay found more depth on the offensive line by selecting OL Sean Rhyan out of UCLA.

In the fourth round, they added WR Romeo Doubs and OL Zach Tom.

Green Bay gets some much needed help in both the WR room and along the offensive line.

Packers hit a home run in second round

In Christian Watson, HC Matt LaFleur and OC Adam Stenavich are getting an elite prospect.

He has the perfect combo of size and speed. Standing at 6-foot-4, Watson also has 4.3 speed. This will allow Green Bay to use him in multiple ways.

He averaged 20 yards per reception in his time in Fargo. He had four 65-yard touchdowns last season. He had multiple kick return touchdowns; his return skills could be extremely valuable.

In terms of the WR room, the way the Packers become better without Davante Adams is using a WR-by-committee approach.

In the postseason, teams knew the ball was going to Adams in key moments. With a committee, they are more well-rounded and will be harder to stop.

Everyone has their own roles.

Watson will be the offense’s new gadget player. Randall Cobb is the trusty slot WR. Allen Lazard is the blue-collar, run-blocking, do-it-all WR. Sammy Watkins is the total pro that can win one-on-one. Now, Watson is the home-run hitter.

This was a great job of Gute going up to get the guy he wanted.

Can you guess who the first person was to text Watson after he was drafted? Aaron Rodgers.

How can you not be excited about the fear that No. 12 and now No. 9 will put in opposing defenses?

Now, we shall see if Green Bay decides to grab one more WR on Day 3 along with Romeo Doubs. Or, will they go sign a Julio Jones or Jarvis Landry, who are both still without a team?

In the third round, Green Bay added more beef to the offensive line by grabbing OL Sean Rhyan out of UCLA.

Rhyan was a three-year starter. He started all 31 career games and allowed just two sacks in total. He has the best hair in the draft without a doubt.

Green Bay needed more help along the trenches considering Pro Bowl G Elgton Jenkins is still returning from his ACL tear, C/G Lucas Patrick signed with the rival-Chicago Bears, and the team cut ties with T Billy Turner. Also, T Dennis Kelly is yet to be re-signed.

The other key note on Rhyan is that he can play both guard and tackle.

Brian Gutekunst loves finding those versatile big men.

Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 321 pounds, Rhyan is very athletic but still raw. Going to a team like Green Bay that makes it a point to churn out strong, deep offensive line units will help him become a solid pass-protector and run-blocker.

Once again, Gutekunst addresses a need for depth.

In the later rounds, the Packers should look to add another safety for depth. They could very well add another edge-rusher considering they need help behind Rashan Gary and Preston Smith.

Maybe they address the WR position one more time.

On Day 2, the Packers got Aaron Rodgers a key offensive piece and some important depth on the line.