The Green Bay Packers entered Day Two with three picks; However, they only made two selections after going straight into Round 2 to pick Christian Watson. Then when picking the 92, they were adding depth to their offensive line, picking UCSD’s Sean Ryan.
On day three, the Packers had six total picks, but before we dive into round four, here are three key points from Day Two’s gameplay.
Packets get their own receiver
After not leaving the first round with a wide receiver, Brian Gutekunst was very aggressive at the start of Round 2. Green Bay would trade picks 53 and 59 with Minnesota for the 34th overall pick — and reportedly, this wasn’t their first attempt at moving into Watson either. According to Chad Graff of The Athletic, the Packers tried to get back into the first round by getting a 32 pick from Minnesota so they could pick Watson at the time.
There are many things about Watson that fit the typical Green Bay Packers mold in position. Measuring 6’4″ – 208 pounds, it tested incredibly well, sawing off nearly perfect. RAS 9.96, which includes 4.36 seconds and 40 times.
Watson will be able to make an immediate impact on this Packers as the vertical threat – a lost presence as Marquez Valdes-Scantling heads to Kansas City. Watson was a big play waiting to happen at NDSU, averaging 21.3 yards per catch during his career, according to PFF. In addition to the great playing potential, the presence of this element on the playing field will open up the entire passing game for other passers of Green Bay.
We may also see Watson used as the man of the action and in the operation of the instrument. He has some experience off the court, and with that speed at which he is, finding ways to get the ball into space will allow Matt LaFleur to get creative with how he uses Watson as well. It’s also important to note that Watson’s slick blocker was an all-American returning man for the bison, averaging 26.4 yards per return on 26 career attempts.
When it comes to upsides and potential, there are few – if any – receivers in this class that have a higher ceiling than Watson; However, it may take some time to fully unlock it as well. Over the course of four years, he had only 145 goals in the Bison’s Heavy Attack, and played less than 50% of his offensive shots. His game should expand to become a more diverse receiver, and at least in the beginning, the guy may not be in positions of high influence.
With that said, Watson will provide some requisite speed and playmaking to this offense, and he can fill some specific – and wanted – roles with immediate impact. With this combination of size and sporty performance, the sky’s the limit, but it needs to be unlocked first, and we know Green Bay is comfortable giving their early picks a little time.
The Packers often give up on Watson
Pick any trade value chart out there, and in terms of draft pick value, it will tell you that the Green Bay Packers gave up a bit more than they received in their application for Watson.
Zack Cross Packers Wire provided a few examples of this, starting with the Rich Hill model, where Green Bay gave up 197 points of value and took just 175. Jimmy Johnson’s model made packers send 680 points of value and return 560. You found the idea.
In the end, I don’t really care. We’ve seen the Green Bay Packers lose receivers in the first round due to an early run, and Gutekunst has been proactive to make sure that doesn’t happen again — which well could happen. In the 43 pick, Wan’Dale Robinson went on to pick John Metchie at age 44, Tyquan Thornton went to New England at the 50 pick, George Pickens to Pittsburgh at 52, and Alec Pierce at the 53 (where the Packers pick) went to Indianapolis.
Also, if the assertive think Watson could be the guy, which they clearly do with their multiple efforts to move for him, then you go and get your man – don’t wait with fingers crossed. This, of course, does not guarantee any kind of success for Watson, but whether or not picking pans and moving to the top of the trade board are two separate things. If Gutekunst feels that Watson is the answer and that it is much better than the other options, then by all means, make it happen.
Right now, we don’t know how Watson will turn out as an NFL soccer player, but we do know he’s filling a huge central need, and the Packers loved him. So I can join this aggressive approach. It should also be noted that this was a trade within the department; The cost of doing business might have been higher than if Green Bay had called up New York, for example.
Beams get much-needed OL depth
Just one season ago, we’ve all seen how important offensive line depth is. Due to several injuries, the Green Bay Packers used seven different offensive line combinations in 2021. However, when we look at the current state of the depth chart, that depth is lacking.
Before enlisting, David Bakhtiari and Josh Nijmann – and possibly Cole Van Lanen – were the only healthy options in the offensive tackle. While all along the interior, if we consider Royce Newman, Josh Myers and John Runyan as the starters, the only backups were Van Lanen, Michal Menet and Jake Hanson – previous 3rd day picks with little experience.
So adding to this unit is a must, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Packers left with three offensive navigators selected for the third year in a row. Their first pick for this position was Sean Ryan, an experienced interventionist from the University of California.
Ryan clocks in at 6’4″ and weighs 321 lbs. RAS has clocked up 8.18 as an offensive move; however, he jumps to 9.35 if compared to the guards – a place he might be best suited for in the NFL.
Ryan has 2,147 shots in the left lane and only allowed two rounds in his three years at the start. In 2021 he allowed one bag, 13 push-ups, and was ranked 17th best running blocker in the PFF along with his 23rd overall position.
Immediately, Ryan should compete to play guard time, and perhaps Royce Newman pushes the starting reps into the right guard position. However, Gutti told reporters that they had not yet decided whether Ryan would play guard or tackle, but I would imagine he will get a chance to play during training camp and pre-season.
We all know how much the Packers desire versatility along their offensive line unit – and Rhyan provides that. He has the ability to start guarding and can also work when needed.