3 Packers breakouts candidates ready to shine in 2022

Christian Watson, North Dakota State Bison

Christian Watson, North Dakota State Bison, Green Bay Packers. (Photo by Phillip Peters/E and P Photography/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers should anticipate a breakout season from these three players in 2022.

For the Green Bay Packers to win the NFC for the first time in over a decade, they are going to need a few younger players to step up in a big way this season.

The good news is the Packers have drafted well in recent years, for the most part. NFL fans all over the globe may hate what the Green Bay brass decides to do every spring, but more often than not, it can field a high-quality roster. Of course, the Packers need to win multiple playoff games so that they can get back to the Super Bowl before Aaron Rodgers fully exits his prime.

If any Packers players are poised for breakout seasons, keep an eye on these three playmakers.

Green Bay Packers: 3 candidates primed for a breakout campaign this season

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Christian Watson

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The Green Bay Packers drafted Christian Watson No. 34 overall for a reason

While the Packers have decided to continue their streak of having not drafted a first-round wide receiver since Javon Walker in 2002, Green Bay did pick up a receiver very high in the 2022 NFL Draft who should be able to help him. Though he may have played at the FCS level, North Dakota State is a powerhouse and wide receiver Christian Watson is expected to do big things right away.

It does not matter if it is fair or not, Watson will be seen as the heir apparent to Davante Adams in the Green Bay receiving corps. Like the best wide receiver in football today, Watson was a second-round pick. Given that Aaron Rodgers has made it a hall-of-fame career throwing the ball to day-two and day-three draft picks, no doubt about it, the pressure is very much on Watson this year.

However, the reason he is relatively low on this breakout candidates list is he is merely a rookie. While some first-year players live up to the draft hype immediately, others will need a year or two to learn the ropes to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. In due time, Watson should become a fan favorite in Green Bay. For now, look for him to have a quality rookie season to build in this fall.

Watson does not have to be the Packers’ best receiving option, but glimpses of it should present itself.

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