May 24, 2022

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Rookie defensive duo from Georgia settling in,…

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Rookie defensive duo from Georgia settling in,...

GREEN BAY – It didn’t take long for Green Bay to feel like home to the Packers’ top two draft picks.

In fact, it took just one meal in the team cafeteria.

Not long after first-round selections and Georgia defensive standouts Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt arrived for rookie minicamp, they were sitting down to eat with their college teammate and fellow first-round pick from last year, Eric Stokes.

While Stokes started by giving them the lowdown on Green Bay, the conversation soon turned to the odds they’d be sitting at that table together, and how excited they are to all play defense from the same huddle again.

“We were just talking, man … talking about how amazing it is, how we’re all on the same team, how we’re all on the next level, how far we came,” Wyatt said. “Because about four years ago, we were like, ‘We wanna go first round. We wanna do this. We wanna play together.’ Just doing that now is just a dream come true.”

If Walker and Wyatt can put together the type of high-impact rookie seasons Stokes did in 2021, the Packers’ already solid defense is bound to take another step forward.

The newest arrivals share more than just friendship and draft status, though. Both Walker and Wyatt have endured some humbling times to get where they are.

For Walker, his trial was not becoming a full-time starter until last year, his senior season. Despite being converted from basketball to football during high school, he was a highly sought-after recruit who didn’t necessarily expect to have to bide his time.

So while he threw himself into special teams and anything else he was asked to do, he did consider transferring to get more playing time.

“That was hard,” Walker said. “To be honest with you, I wanted to leave. But I just trusted it out. Everybody’s plan is going to be different. Everybody’s not going to have an easy road, or however you want to put it. So I just kept my head down and kept working.”

Walker said his position coach, Glenn Schumann, helped him get through it so he didn’t “throw in the towel” on his Georgia career, or football in general.