The 2022 NFL Draft is stocked with very good wide receivers. There could be at least five picked on the first night, with plenty more hearing their names called on day two during the second and third rounds. One player who’s picking up steam in draft conversations is North Dakota State’s Christian Watson.
It’s easy for FCS players to get overlooked in the draft, especially in the opening round. But Watson has an incredible mix of size and speed—a 6-foot-4 wideout who runs a 4.36 forty. He dominated the competition in college, but he may need to polish certain parts of his game to catch on as a No. 1 wideout in the pros. Still, he’s the kind of receiver who could sneak into the first round, but will he?
Christian Watson, first-round pick +100
The biggest thing against Watson going in the first round is just how deep the position is this year. Guys like Drake London and Garrett Wilson are definitely going to go on night one, perhaps in the first half of the round, and teams might be more willing to gamble on Watson being there early on day two since they have plenty of other receivers to choose from in that range if they miss out. Beyond the other receivers available, there’s a bumper crop of defensive talent on the board in the first round, not to mention quarterback-hungry teams likely to reach for their guy on day one. Bet against Watson going in the first round.
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