Packers' Draft Pick Christian Watson Keeps Dropping Passes In OTAs

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The Green Bay Packers didn't use either of their first-round picks on a wide receiver. That's not because they needed to address their defense first, but because the guy they liked was going to fall to the second round.

That guy was Christian Watson, a first-round talent and one of the most promising wideouts in his class.

Watson's Hands Have Been 'Questionable'

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Watson is supposed to make an immediate impact as one of Aaron Rodgers' main targets. However, he's struggled with drops and has been unimpressive during OTAs:

"Christian Watson had another drop against air in drills today. His hands have definitely been questionable. I don’t think there’s been a practice yet where he hasn’t dropped at least one pass. Does it matter much? Prob not - but noteworthy at least," NFL insider Andy Herman tweeted.

Romeo Doubs Is Outplaying Him

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But at least not everything is bad news from the rookie WR class. Apparently, fourth-rounder Romeo Doubs has turned a lot of heads early in the OTAs:

"Other camp observers have noted that the Packers’ fourth-round pick, Nevada’s Romeo Doubs (pick No. 132 overall), is outperforming the player drafted nearly 100 picks ahead of him," reported Tim Ceran of Sportscasting. "While all this isn’t good news, Aaron Rodgers, the Packers, and all the team’s fans do have one anecdote to point to that says these dropsies can be overcome."

Watson Is The Real Deal, Says Randall Cobb

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But even if Watson hasn't been as good as advertised, there's nothing to worry about. If anything, his colleagues have been impressed by his skills and traits, with Randall Cobb claiming that he's got everything to become a star:

"He has the total package," Cobb said. "Just being around him for the past week and seeing some of the things he can do, he has all the tools. He's very gifted. It's about applying it, taking the stuff he learns in the classroom, taking it to the field. He has the tools. It's about refining those tools. And it takes time."

We've Seen This Happen Before

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This wouldn't be the first time in recent years that we've heard something like this. If anything, people were doubting Ja'Marr Chase after multiple head-scratching drops in pre-season. Also, he admitted that he was having trouble making the adjustment to NFL footballs.

Chase ended up winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and proving to be one of the most physically gifted wideouts to enter the league in years. So maybe, we shouldn't reach too much into this.