There could be a run on wide receivers in the 20s, starting with the Patriots and Packers. We know Green Bay needs one after the Davante Adams trade, but I don't think general manager Brian Gutekunst is going to force it. Watson is a riser, as teams see a 6-foot-4 receiver with 4.36 40 speed and elite measurables and think he can be a big-play threat who can grow into a better route runner. Watson averaged 20.4 yards per catch in his college career. Watson is ready to contribute for Aaron Rodgers as a rookie.
Johnson's positional flex is impressive to teams, as he dominated as a guard last season -- he didn't allow a single pressure -- and took snaps at center at the Senior Bowl. He'd most likely play guard in Green Bay, which lost Lucas Patrick in free agency. Packers fans (and Aaron Rodgers) should be happy with this first-round haul, and the franchise has two second-round picks as well.
If the Packers don't draft a receiver in the first round this year, I just don't know what to say. I think the Packers finally do it and take Jahan Dotson to give Aaron Rodgers some much-needed help--especially because he just lost his No. 1 receiving option in Davante Adams this offseason.
The Packers addressed the receiver position with their first pick in the draft to get Rodgers some help, which everyone believes was definitely the right thing to do. The Packers signed Rodgers to a four-year, contract which means they have time to build the roster right in order to win a Super Bowl.
The last time the Packers won a Super Bowl, they had an elite edge rusher in Clay Matthews who created havoc for other offenses. So with this pick, they draft edge rusher David Ojabo, a player that has great pass-rush skills. If he wasn't injured, he would have probably been a top-10 pick.
The Ravens are the toughest pick in the whole draft to predict. Eric DeCosta's talked about moving both up and down during the first round (and it doesn't sound like typical GM talk either). With lots of WR-needy teams in the back end of the draft, this makes a lot of sense as a spot for someone to move up and grab someone. The Packers do just that and get Aaron Rodgers some needed help. They give Baltimore the 22nd pick along with some late picks.
Watson has been one of the draft's biggest risers over recent months. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound wideout earned an 89.5 receiving grade while generating an astounding 4.33 yards per route run playing in a run-heavy Bison offense last year. He followed that up with one of the best Senior Bowl showings at the position, finishing in the top-three in PFF grade during the one-on-ones.
Watson caught the attention of coaches, scouts and executives at the event and generated even more hype with an elite combine performance. Those testing times and measurements are unbelievable for a player his size. He can be a true X, but teams could also use him creatively, as the San Francisco 49ers do with Deebo Samuel.
Mafe is one of the most underrated players in the 2022 class. The 6-foot-4, 261-pound edge defender is an elite athlete with a fantastic get-off and has continuously improved his pass-rush toolbox. He owns a 90.7 pass-rush grade for his collegiate career and posted the highest win rate of any pass-rusher at the Senior Bowl.
The Packers' philosophy of waiting until Day 2 to draft wide receivers will be put to the test. They haven't selected a first-round receiver since Javon Walker in 2002, and general manager Brian Gutekunst could nix the trend as Olave is too tough to pass up.
Olave is a smooth route runner whose strengths align perfectly with what Green Bay wants to execute on offense. He is a dynamic three-level threat who would quickly become a dangerous target with Aaron Rodgers.
Jones has helped himself during the pre-draft process more than any other prospect. At 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, he can play 0- or 1-technique with success because of how stout he is against the run while providing juice as a pass-rusher to collapse the pocket.
Olave is probably the best route runner in this class but he alone won't be able to account for all of Adams' offense. It's a great start, of course, especially for a team that hasn't used a first-rounder on a WR since 2002.
The Packers re-upped De'Vondre Campbell but there's not much depth after that and Nakobe Dean is a special player. And while he played on the best defense in the country, don't get it twisted -- he didn't ride on the coattails of a dominant Georgia defensive line -- Dean was a huge reason for their success. There are questions about his size and how that translates to the NFL, but his tape tells a different story.