The wide receiver with Packers DNA

Green Bay / Munich – It is not known if Aaron Rodgers regretted his contract extension after the first day of the draft. After the first 32 players, the only thing that was clear was that the Green Bay Packers again did not draw a wide receiver.

Although the vintage was spiced with talent. Six recipients were among the first 18 choices.

Green Bay, however, saw no reason to break with a – perhaps – dubious tradition. The franchise has not drawn a wide receiver or tight end in the first round in 20 years.

On the second day of the draft, however, the front office behaved a little more aggressively, swapping choices 53 and 59 with the Minnesota Vikings’ 34th choice. The result: Christian Watson, wide receiver, North Dakota State.

Christian Watson will deliver in a moment

He should follow in great footsteps with the Packers. To be more precise, in shoe size 46.5, which Davante Adams left behind when he left the Las Vegas Raiders. The previous Green Bay election in the second round caught Rodgers’ balls for seven years and became a star in his position.

With Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard, Watson still has three recipients on the list to learn from. At the same time, he can immediately apply for a starting spot against the trio.

A Watson returns to Green Bay

One person in particular hopes his start in Green Bay will be easier than his own 29 years ago: Tim Watson (since 2018: Tazim Wajid Wajed), former safety in the NFL and Christian’s father. He was drafted in an overall sixth place by the Packers in 1993, but never played a game for them.

According to himself, he was injured in training camp, was fired, re-signed and even stood on the sidelines for a week two game against the Philadelphia Eagles. A week later, he was fired again, and then played a total of 14 games in his short career, which lasted until 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Eagles.

“But I think Christian is in a different situation than I was then,” Tim Watson told ESPN after explaining his rocky path in the league. His older son and Christian’s brother, Tre, played as a linebacker at the University of Maryland, but never took the big leap either. Last season he played in the CFL.

Christian Watson: “I grew up with football in my hands”

But as we all know, all good things come in three pieces. And the third Watson in the pack is also the most promising. “We have grown up with football in our hands,” Christian said shortly after being drafted. “My father, me, my brothers – even my mother and sister – we lived for football.”

Still, his path to the NFL was not the dream trip for many of the major leads who had already been hailed as a rising star in high school. The only scholarship came from North Dakota State, a Division I college. But in cold Fargo, he evolved into the athletic recipient he is today. 1.93 meters tall, weighs 94 kilos.

Bison with butter fingers

In the combination, he ran an excellent time of 4.36 seconds over 40 yards, which increased his good impression in the jumping disciplines. And yet, six other recipients walked out of the board before him in the draft.

Critics complained in advance that he never played against the all-time great in college football with the North Dakota State Bisons. In addition, in the run-up to the draft, he was certified that his routes were not very versatile. A certain DK Metcalf was also accused of this three years ago.

The biggest problem, however, is said to be Watson’s hands. He had no natural catching movement and had frequent problems losing ball during his studies. In 52 matches at NDSU, he had a total of 16 drops – with 105 receptions.

Father Tim has his own opinion on this: “I think it’s a little wrong when people talk about Christian as incomplete. He’s been playing football since he was four years old, his brother has been playing football. They both have a father, who played football. and trained. “

The perfect fit for the Packers?

And the man who will be throwing balls in Christian Watson’s barrel in the future was also confident after the draft. “We’ve had a lot of success with receivers in the second or third round,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show, “just look at Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Davante Adams. The guys have come out pretty well.”

Now Rodgers and the 22-year-old just need to find their connection. In the past, it always took some time with young receivers, but in the end, the quarterback always found his new favorite goal.

When asked what Watson will say to his passers-by when they first meet, he replied, “I want to tell him I’m ready. Ready to work and learn. Ready to start my next chapter.”

In any case, his chances are good prior to completing his father’s dream at the time and taking the Packers jersey with the Watson name to Lambeau Field.

Luca Ostermeier

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