GREEN BAY – Eleven draft picks are in the fold, and their individual futures are soon to be written.
For the Packers, every draft is a major investment in the collective future, with hopefully some short-term benefits as well.
Here’s an overview of what the Packers accomplished the last three days in all three phases:
Three receivers and three offensive linemen. That’s what the Packers brought in, and for good reason given the players lost at those positions in the offseason.
High second-round draft pick Christian Watson, whom the Packers traded up to select at No. 34 overall, is the headline addition to the offense in the wake of Davante Adams’ and Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s departures.
The North Dakota State star and FCS All-American has enticing size (6-4, 208) and speed (4.36), while also being the type of “complete” receiver – meaning he can block, too – that Head Coach Matt LaFleur can’t wait to add to a room led by Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard.
“I watched one of his run-blocking reels … just to see the effort that he gave down in and down out in that aspect of the game,” LaFleur said. “I mean, we can always use somebody like that, especially when you’re talking about a 6-4 guy, he’s over 200 pounds, runs a sub-4.4, so there’s a lot to be excited (about) there.”
Nevada’s Romeo Doubs and Nebraska’s Samori Toure are receivers taken in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively, who put together highly productive college careers, and their additions will keep the competition for roster spots and playing time this spring and summer at the forefront.
“It’s gonna start with just how they attack it and how fast they pick this up, and certainly we’re gonna push them to be their best right away because that’s what we need from them,” LaFleur said.