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Packers Reach on Shocking Wide Receiver in Round 1 of Latest Mel Kiper NFL Mock Draft

Larry Rupp
The Green Bay Packers reach on a shocking wide receiver in Round 1 of Mel Kiper's latest NFL mock draft.
The Green Bay Packers reach on a shocking wide receiver in Round 1 of Mel Kiper's latest NFL mock draft. / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The trade of franchise star Davante Adams has left the Green Bay Packers searching for answers at the wide receiver position. While it wouldn't be shocking to see the team grab a WR with one of its two first-round picks, the one Mel Kiper projects the team to take in his latest mock draft is a reach.

Packers Mock Draft

Kiper expects the Packers to draft Christian Watson out of North Dakota State with the No. 22 overall pick. Watson put together his best season with the Bison in 2021 when he posted 800 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns on 43 receptions. He also racked up 114 yards on the ground and 1 rushing touchdown.

The 22-year-old has been climbing up draft boards for months given his freakish athleticism. There aren't many 6-foot-5 WRs who are capable of running a 4.36 40-yard dash like Watson.

Even so, not many mock drafts see Watson sneaking into the first round. Adding talent out of an FCS school can be risky, which makes him more of a Day 2 pick. And Watson is largely viewed as a project – not the instant-impact contributor a Super Bowl contender like Green Bay is looking for.

Kiper also has the Packers passing up on Treylon Burks, who is a similarly dynamic athlete that was much more productive against much tougher competition.

Taking Watson at No. 28 is a lot more understandable. But with guys like Burks and Penn State's Jahan Dotson still on the board in this scenario, picking Watson at No. 22 would be a flat-out reach.

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