GREEN BAY, Wis. – Not the first receiver, but for the Green Bay Packers, then the next thing.
Basically, the second thing — next — is very good.
The Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst, who led the team to a non-signing of the first trophy for 20 years on Thursday, did not wait to move on Friday. He sent all of his second rounds (No. 53 and 59) to compete with the Minnesota Vikings for the 34th general picker to take North Dakota State recipient Christian Watson.
Watson was the seventh recipient to be taken, and the first on Day 2.
Watson became the Packers’ second-ever receiver, joining as Davante Adams (No. 53 general in 2014), Randall Cobb (No. 64 in 2011) and Jordy Nelson (No. 36 in 2008) – all of whom are fond of defenders. Aaron Rodgers.
“We’ve done very well with the second and third recipients in Green Bay,” Rodgers said Thursday night on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM with YouTube on the show after the Packers did not pick up the recipient in the first round. “You’re looking at Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones in the third quarter. [in 2007], apparently Davante Adams in the second installment. The boys were fine. “
Now, Watson just needs to know how to deal with Rodgers, which in the past took time for younger recipients.
“I’ll say I’m ready for work,” Watson said when asked what he would tell Rodgers when he met. “I’m ready to learn and I’m ready to follow through. I know he’s going to be tough for me and that’s what I want. I want someone who will continue to push me to be the best player I can be. , so shoot, I’ll tell him I’m ready to work and shoot, I’m ready to go. “
Watson’s father, Tim, was the sixth Packers’ nominee in 1993 as a defender. Although his father never played for the Packers, he spent a lot of time with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles with 13 games from 1993 to 1997.
Asked if his father still had the Packers’ weapons, Watson said: “I think he has.
Watson 6-foot-4, 208-pounds Watson grabbed 43 runs for 801 yards and seven touchdowns last season for North Dakota State, which won the FCS national title. In Bison’s four years, he earned 20.4 yards per job and had two repetitions to complete.
“Its physical shape and speed make it easy [to contribute immediately] from another 6-foot, 185 pounds, “Packers football director Milt Hendrickson said.” That’s not it; he is a great man. “
This season, the Packers sold Adams, who wants to leave, to the Las Vegas Raiders. Vote 53, which was sent to Minnesota, was part of a deal with Las Vegas, along with No. 22 total. Green Bay also lost recipients Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimous St. Brown in free will.
The Packers’ main receivers are Allen Lazard, who scored 40 yards out of 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season. There is no further spread on the Green Bay team, including newcomer Sammy Watkins, who had 400 yards received last season.
Green Bay did not respond to a receiver’s challenge Thursday and instead focused on first-team defense by taking the Georgia team players, using the 22nd decision in the next line Quay Walker and defeating Devonte Wyatt at No. 28.
The Packers have not selected a number of recipients in the first round since taking over from Javon Walker 20th in Florida State in 2002.
But these are the highest priority that the Packers have taken the recipient from the Walker selection. While Hendrickson did not say whether the Packers tried to return the first half Thursday to pick Watson, he brought something that his former Baltimore Ravens boss, Ozzie Newsome, used to say.
“I have spent many years in Baltimore with [Newsome] they always say, ‘Selection is just a choice until you become a player,’ “said Hendrickson.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.