The Green Bay Packers entered the 2022 NFL Draft with a clear need at wide receiver. It surprised some they opted for two defensive selections in Round 1, but the value wasn't there after the six Tier-A wideouts went before Green Bay's pick at No. 22.
Green Bay found their value in the second round, trading up and drafting Christian Watson out of North Dakota State at No. 34 overall.
Watson has intriguing family ties to the organization, who drafted his father Tim Watson in the sixth round of the 1993 draft. Interestingly enough, Tim never got a chance to suit up and play for the Packers and now Christian is looking to rewrite family history in 2022.
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Tim spoke with ESPN's Rob Demovsky about his lack of success, and even opportunity, in Green Bay.
“I believe that Christian is certainly in a different situation than I was in,” said Tim, who then went on to explain what really happened back in 1993. The former Howard University safety suffered an ankle fracture during training camp, one that ended his Packers career before it even got started.
“When that happened, and you’re a sixth-round draft pick from Howard University, and they’ve got to get ready for the season, what do they do? You try to stash that guy on the practice squad. But when they released me, I got claimed by like 17 teams, and so I went on this journey around the NFL.”- Tim Watson
Christian has every opportunity to change that history. For one, his draft position in the second round puts him in a much better spot to succeed. He'll likely end up with a serious shot at earning a starting role on the WR depth chart, which is headlined by names like Sammy Watkins and Allen Lazard, who never produced at WR1 levels.
Considered a late-bloomer, Watson dazzled at the combine with his 4.4 40-yard dash, while standing 6-foot-4 and 208 pounds. He was dynamic during his last collegiate season, posting 43 receptions, 800 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns in 12 games played.
His father Tim played only 13 career NFL games, and none in Green Bay. Christian will look to change that and climb up a wide-open Packers depth chart.
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