No one likes elite athletes in the draft like Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst.
After taking two of the seven most athletic defensive players in the 2022 NFL Draft class in the first round on Thursday night, Gutekunst and the Packers traded in the second round for one of the most athletic wide receiver prospects ever. entered the NFL. to start on Friday.
North Dakota State wide receiver Christian Watson, the 34th overall pick, joined Georgia linebacker Quay Walker (#22) and Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt (#28) to form a true trio of elite athletes who will headline the Packers’ 2022 draft class. .
Relative athletic score is a metric created by Kent Lee Platte to measure the true athleticism of prospects relative to height and relative to former players.
Walker, Wyatt and Watson all tested 9.5 out of 10 or better, meaning all three are 95 percentile athletes or better at their respective positions.
Watson records in the 99th percentile for athleticism among receivers entering the NFL. He combined large size with elite blast numbers (vertical, wide jump), elite speed (40 yard dash), and good agility. Even at 6-4, he hit 38.5″ in the vertical jump (91st percentile), covered 11-4 in the long jump (99th percentile), finished the 40-yard sprint in 4.36 seconds (97th percentile ) and had a 10-yard split of 1.45 seconds (99th percentile).
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Receivers as athletic as Watson generally do well. He will have a chance to be very, very good. Javon Walker, the Packers’ last first-round pick at wide receiver, is actually a great comparison.
Watson is just an alien athlete. Here is his spider chart at Mockdraftable:
Christian Watson is an alien pic.twitter.com/ptbmGFxTus
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) March 21, 2022
The Packers got themselves a rare and exciting athlete with their best pick at wide receiver since Walker in 2002.