Packers land Christian Watson replacement in latest NFL mock draft

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Christian Watson hasn't made the second-year jump the Green Bay Packers expected from him.

Watson is averaging only 2.3 receptions per game, which ranks fifth for the Packers. His catch percentage of 42.4 is the second-worst on the team. He is only ahead of undrafted rookie Malik Heath.

While there's no denying Watson's ability to change games with his size and speed, he has a way to go to become a consistent target in the passing game. Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and Luke Musgrave have been more reliable for the Packers this season.

It's way too early to give up on Watson. The final eight games of last season showed how good he can be. But he hasn't been consistent enough to prove why he can eventually become a true WR1 in Green Bay's offense, which could force the Packers to add another receiver in the draft.

Mock draft has Packers selecting top wide receiver in first round

The Packers could take advantage of a talented wide receiver class in the first round. A recent mock draft by A.J. Schulte of Pro Football Network has Green Bay finding its potential WR1, Florida State's Keon Coleman.

With the top two quarterbacks, wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., and tackle Olu Fashanu off the board, the Packers landed one of the other top receiver prospects.

"Keon Coleman would be the top dog in that room pretty quickly with his elite height/weight/speed combination. He would be Jordan Love's go-to target and draw coverage away from the other receivers," writes Schulte.

It's hard to argue with that assessment. Coleman is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, and uses his size and athleticism to dominate in contested-catch situations. He doesn't drop many passes and would give Love a receiver he can trust in big moments. Coleman has made 42 catches for 562 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games this season.

The Packers have young talent at receiver, but they may still need a WR1. Coleman in the first round would make a lot of sense.

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