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The Packers receiver Brian Gutekunst envisions Christian Watson replacing

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The Green Bay Packers entered the 2022 NFL draft with a need at wide receiver. After trading away Davante Adams and losing the speedy Marquez Valdes-Scantling to free agency, the cupboard was awfully bare for star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The first round came and went, with no receivers selected by general manager Brian Gutekunst, who possessed two picks on the draft’s first day. In the second round, the Packers selected North Dakota State’s Christian Watson. Gutekunst recently spoke about Watson, revealing the former Packers wideout he envisions Watson replacing, as reported by Pro Football Talk.

“The speed and the size jump off the tape,” Gutekunst said. “That’s certainly going to give us something to take the top off the defense. With MVS leaving in free agency, that will replace that I think initially.”

Gutekunst spoke about Watson’s speed- he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash- and his size- he is 6-4, 210 pounds- as his physical traits that “jump off the tape.”

Gutekunst envisions Watson “taking the top off the defense” much like the way Marquez Valdes-Scantling would. While not as fast as MVS, Watson certainly brings some size to the Packers’ receiver room, which should instantly make him a prime target for Rodgers.

The North Dakota State product caught 43 passes for 801 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021. While he’s going to face a stark contrast in competition levels from the FCS to the NFL, Watson certainly possesses the upside to be a big-time contributor for the Packers.

He also has the confidence of the front office.