Packers trade up in NFL draft, select wide receiver Christian Watson in second round

Ryan Wood
Packers News

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brian Gutekunst knew he needed to draft a receiver Friday night.

The Green Bay Packers general manager missed the run on first-round receivers a day earlier, but ensured history did not repeat in the second round of the NFL draft.

Gutekunst traded both his second-round picks to acquire the Minnesota Vikings' 34th overall selection, drafting North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson.

The trade sent the 53rd and 59th overall picks to the Vikings. Running back Aaron Jones announced the Packers selection.

Watson profiles as the type of size-speed receiver Gutekunst covets. He ran a 4.36 40 at the NFL scouting combine while measuring 6-4, 208 pounds. Though he played in the FCS, Watson has game-breaking speed.

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FILE - National Team wide receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State (1) carries the ball after a reception over American Team cornerback Zyon McCollum of Sam Houston State (32) in the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, in Mobile, Ala. Offensive lineman Trevor Penning of Northern Iowa and receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State, two FCS schools, could be first-rounders in the NFL Draft.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

The Packers need a receiver who can stretch the field after losing Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency. Watson had 43 catches for 800 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior last season.