The Green Bay Packers surprised a lot of people when they didn’t make a move for a wide receiver during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. While other teams made moves up the draft board for their targets or acquired veterans via trade, the Packers stayed pat with the No. 22 and 28 picks.
Green Bay focused on upgrading their defense instead early in the draft, selecting two Georgia Bulldogs in the first round; linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt. Both should have an immediate impact for the Packers, who got busy finding wide receiver help after that.
In the second round, they used their draft capital to move up to No. 34, selecting North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson. In the fourth round, they selected Romeo Doubs with the No. 132 pick out of Nevada.
Doubs took advantage of the increased opportunities during his last two seasons with the Wolf Pack. He surpassed the 1,000-yard plateau in his junior and senior seasons. He caught 138 passes for 2,111 yards and 20 touchdowns in 20 games. Doubs also brings some special teams’ experience as a kick returner to the table as well.
There will be some expectations for Doubs to perform early on. While he won’t be thrust into a starting role, the opportunity to earn expanded playing time will be there. He also understands the footsteps of others that he is following in, as he paid homage to the other receivers that came before him in Green Bay.
Doubs will have some big shoes to fill wearing No. 87. Jordy Nelson had some big seasons catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, surpassing the 1,200-yard mark four times and catching double-digit touchdowns three times.
If Doubs can produce anywhere near the levels that Nelson did, they are going to have quite a steal on their hands. He could very well form the next great wide receiver tandem in Green Bay alongside Watson just as Nelson did with Randall Cobb, Javon Walker, David Driver and Davante Adams throughout his career.