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Aaron Rodgers And Green Bay Packers Had Different Picks in Mind for WR Role; 4x MVP Does Not Get His Way

Published 04/30/2022, 4:00 PM EDT

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The Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers get a new successor for Davante Adams in the form of North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson. However, it was revealed that Aaron Rodgers was looking for Tyler Burks, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round.

Yesterday, the Packers failed to appease the fans by not selecting a wide receiver in the first round. Although it is a trend they have been following for the past 20 years. Recently, in his appearance at the Pat McAfee Show, Aaron Rodgers touched upon various aspects related to the Davante Adams trade and the condition of the wide receiving unit of the team.


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Green Bay Packers did get a WR, but in the 2nd round

The Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was very confident about his move the other day. He assured that the team would eventually select a wide receiver in a bid to improve the offensive unit. Subsequently, Gutekunst sent both of his second-round picks (Nos. 53 and 59) to the rival Minnesota Vikings for the 34th overall pick and used it on North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson.

He is the latest second-round pick selected by the Packers, joining the league of Davante Adams and other significant receivers in the past. Rodgers said Thursday night on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM and YouTube show. “You look at Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones in the third round [in 2007], obviously Davante Adams in the second round. Those guys turned out pretty good.” Rodgers added to his speech.


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Rodgers is known for being a tough guy, when it comes to training and on-the-field behavior. However, Watson seems pumped to join the four-time MVP-led offensive unit. “I’ll say, ‘I’m ready to work,'” Watson said when asked what he will tell Rodgers when they meet.


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“‘I’m ready to learn and I’m ready to get after it.’ I know he’s gonna be tough on me, and that’s exactly what I want. I want someone who’s gonna continue to push me to be the best possible player that I can be, and I know that with him being one of the greatest that he’s gonna get everything out of me, so shoot, I’m gonna tell him I’m ready to work and shoot, I’m ready to go.” Watson said on Friday.

Aaron Rodgers had an eye on Trylon Burks


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After the Packers drafted Watson in the second round, NFL insider Ian Rapoport came up with a revelation on Friday. According to him, Rodgers wanted to go after the former Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks. Unfortunately, the Tennessee Titans took him away in the first round of the draft.

“The word I got was that Treylon Burks was the guy that Rodgers liked and he went early. We know he went to Tennessee. So yes, they made all the calls. I thought they were gonna move up. “ Ian Rapoport revealed on Pat McAfee show.


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“Receivers went, there was a quick run around like eight to 12. When Burks went, they were done because they weren’t going to trade up for any of the other guys.” Rapoport added. The NFL Insider also clarifies that the Packers would not have gotten a WR of their choice in Round 1. The ones they wanted went away quickly. So it made sense to take a top notch defensive guy in Round 1. And go for a receiver in the second. Well, the ball is still on the Packers’ court, and with the remaining draft picks, it will be exciting to see how the Packers strengthen their offensive unit.

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