The Green Bay Packers did not surprise anyone by drafting three wide receivers in the 2022 NFL draft. However, it probably did surprise some that they did not take on in the first round, then waited until the third day of the draft to take their second two.
While they did not prioritize it with a high-value pick, they traded up for Christian Watson in round two, then added Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure in the final rounds. What will these players be able to bring to a team that lost Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling?
In Christian Watson, they are getting a player very similar to Valdes-Scantling. Considering they spent a second-round pick on him, and he is an older prospect, this could almost be a one-for-one replacement.
MVS stretched the field and they got the ball in his hands to utilize his speed. In four years MVS had 581 yards, 452 yards, 690, and then 430 yards last year. Between 430 and 690 yards is a fair suggestion for Watson next season.
Now, Doubs, and Toure get to become the Davante Adams replacement…kidding. Adams is obviously the unreplaceable piece, but instead, they are going to go with depth and change their style.
Adams could beat you in all manners but he often won right off of the line, or in the screen game. The deep ball was almost only an MVS play, and everyone else was packed closer to the line. With Doubs, they are getting a player who spent most of his time stretching the field. He is a great blocker, which will help Green Bay run more, but he also will open the offense.
Toure will likely play special teams to make the Packers’ roster, but the hope is that he also can stretch the field. Allen Lazard will take more of the screens, and these three rookies should help the offense shape and become a more deep attacking unit.