Packers trade up in NFL draft, select wide receiver Christian Watson in second round
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brian Gutekunst knew he needed to draft a receiver Friday night.
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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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.