MILWAUKEE - The Green Bay Packers' draft concluded Saturday, selected 11 total players across the seven rounds – six on offense and five on defense.
Among those drafted were a pair of national championship-winning teammates, three wide receivers and three offensive linemen.
Though the team began the draft with 11 picks, and made 11 picks, the Packers traded both up and down to select the newcomers.
Day 1 draft picks
Round 1, No. 22 overall: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
Walker played four seasons at Georgia and was a key piece of the team's national championship-winning defense; he led the team with eight tackles in that game. In his college career, Walker had 137 tackles and five sacks.
The 21-year-old was a second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press. According to NFL.com, Walker is an "instinctive linebacker ready for the NFL game."
Round 1, No. 28 overall: Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia
Wyatt also played four seasons at Georgia and was a fixture of the championship defense. With the Bulldogs, he had 113 tackles and five sacks. According to NFL.com, Walker is a "highly-active defensive tackle" who is "made for movement and disruptions."
Wyatt was arrested in 2020 on a misdemeanor charge of family violence criminal trespass, though the case was later dismissed.
Day 2 draft picks
Round 2, No. 34 overall: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
Originally slated with two picks later in the round, the Packers traded up 19 spots to snag Watson – sending those two picks to the Minnesota Vikings via trade.
The 6-foot-4 receiver was "one of the most explosive receivers at the FCS level," according to NFL.com. North Dakota State won Football Championship Subdivision titles in four of his five seasons at the school, including one redshirt year.
His kick return ability also could shore up Green Bay's special teams, the Packers' biggest weakness last season.
Watson has family ties to the Packers organization. The Packers drafted his father, former Howard defensive back Tim Watson, in the sixth round in 1993.
Round 3, No. 92 overall: Sean Rhyan, OL, UCLA
The Packers added depth to the offensive line with the selection of Rhyan, listed at 6 foot-5 and 321 pounds. According to Packers.com, he started 31 games over the past three seasons for the Bruins. He became a starter as a freshman.
Day 3 draft picks
- Round 4, No. 132 overall: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
- Round 4, No. 140 overall: Zach Tom, C, Wake Forest
- Round 5, No. 179 overall: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina
- Round 7, No. 228 overall: Tariq Carpenter, LB, Georgia Tech
- Round 7, No. 234 overall: Jonathan Ford, DT, Miami
- Round 7, No. 249 overall: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
- Round 7, No. 258 overall: Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska
"We’re certainly very much of the belief that competition’s going to bring out the best and the cream’s going to rise," Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said Saturday on the selection of three wide outs. "That’s something that we needed to do, and I think we accomplished that."
Gutekunst didn’t rule out the possibility of adding another veteran receiver to go along with free-agent acquisition Sammy Watkins, who signed with the Packers last month.
"We’ll see what’s out there and if we can help our team," Gutekunst said. "What we did in the draft wouldn’t prevent us from trying to help our team at wide receiver or anywhere else."
More details on the 2022 class can be found on the Packers' website.
Offseason personnel changes
Aside from Adams' trade to the Raiders, the Packers saw seven players leave via free agency – including two-time Pro Bowl and one time second-team All-Pro edge rusher Za'Darius Smith, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Other moves of note included:
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, signing with the Chiefs
- Billy Turner, OL, signing with the Denver Broncos
- Lucas Patrick, OL, signing with the Chicago Bears
- Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, signing with the Bears
- Oren Burks, LB, signing with the San Francisco 49ers
- Corey Bojorquez, P, signing with the Cleveland Browns
Cornerbacks Kevin King and Chandon Sullivan, defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster and offensive lineman Dennis Kelly remain free agents. Edge rusher Whitney Mercilus retired.
On the flip side, a number of new faces will be in Green Bay:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.