The Green Bay Packers surprised a lot of people when they didn’t make a move for a wide receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. There were six in total selected and two veterans in A.J. Brown and Marquise Brown were traded for during the first round on Thursday night.
Desperately needing help at the position, the Packers didn’t make a move up the draft board, such as the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions did. Instead, they stood pat with their selections at No. 22 and 28.
While fans were hoping for a wide receiver to help the offense replace Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, they did an excellent job of finding value with the selections they made. Green Bay used both picks on the defensive side of the ball, selecting two Georgia Bulldogs.
At No. 22, they selected linebacker Quay Walker. At No. 28, they selected defensive tackle, Devonte Wyatt. The selection of Walker is one that drew a lot of praise from Chris Simms, who thinks the Packers did an excellent job pivoting when they missed out on adding a wide receiver.
The player that Simms is referencing as being more hypoed is Nakobe Dean. Dean, Walker’s posittion mate at Georgia, drew a lot of the attention during the pre-draft process, yet he is still on the board with the second round getting underway Friday night.
Walker had to wait his turn at Georgia behind some excellent players but came out of it for the better, as he is ready for the next level. With incredible instincts, good size and dependable consistency, Walker should develop into a solid player for the Packers.
As Aaron Rodgers said during his appearance on the Pat McAfee Show during the first round of the draft, defense wins championships. The Packers took steps toward shoring up and improving that side of the ball, as they will be counted on more this season to produce with the offense looking like it will not be as explosive as it has been in recent years