2022 NFL Draft: Grades for Quay Walker and Every Other Green Bay Packers Pick
Following a third straight 13-win regular season, the Green Bay Packers again fizzled out in the postseason, losing at home to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round.
The good news for the Packers this offseason is that they were able to convince Aaron Rodgers to stay in town and gave him a ridiculous amount of cash to do so. However, the bad news is that two of his top targets are now wearing different uniforms.
Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. So it stood to reason that Green Bay would use one of its two first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft on a wide receiver. But they did not, as they drafted Georgia teammates Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt at No. 22 and No. 28, respectively.
But they did add a wideout in Round 2 and a couple more as the draft went along, also filling a few other holes with their 11 selections.
2022 NFL Draft picks by Green Bay Packers
- No. 22 Overall: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
- No. 28 Overall: Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia
- No. 34 Overall: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
- No. 92 Overall: Sean Rhyan, G, UCLA
- No. 132 Overall: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
- No. 140 Overall: Zach Tom, OT, Wake Forest
- No. 179 Overall: Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina
- No. 228 Overall: Tariq Carpenter, S, Georgia Tech
- No. 234 Overall: Jonathan Ford, DT, Miami
- No. 249 Overall: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
- No. 258 Overall: Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska
No. 22 Overall: Quay Walker, LB, Georgia
For a 240-pounder, Quay Walker has plenty of speed and is a fine tackler, having only missed seven in 138 attempts at Georgia. But this wasn’t a pick the Packers needed to make — not at No. 22 and with other gaps to fill. Walker is a fantastic athlete but may have looked better given all the great players he had around him.
No. 28 Overall: Devonte Wyatt, DL, Georgia
The Packers weren’t content with one member of Georgia’s elite defensive unit and doubled down with Devonte Wyatt. It’s a risky pick despite his tremendous run-stuffing talent. On the field, Wyatt might excel but certainly won’t catch passes from Aaron Rodgers. Off the field, the Packers are investing in a prospect who was previously arrested and charged with three misdemeanors including family violence, criminal trespass, and damage to property.
No. 34 Overall: Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota State
It didn’t come in the first round because, of course, it didn’t, but Green Bay finally handed Aaron Rodgers a new, relatively high-profile wide receiver. It took giving the Minnesota Vikings two second-round picks (Nos. 53 and 59) to move up and select Christian Watson, but his speed as a vertical weapon and ability to rack up yards after the catch should make Rodgers feel like he actually has influence within the front office.
No. 92 Overall: Sean Rhyan, G, UCLA
So Aaron Rodgers gets a wide receiver and a solid offensive lineman on Day 2? Sean Rhyan is a solid pick for the Packers here and provides a much-needed upgrade.
Day 3 Picks
No. 132 Overall: Romeo Doubs, WR, Nevada
Digging the value of Romeo Doubs in this spot. He showed out during Senior Bowl practices and clearly fills a need for the Packers.
No. 140 Overall: Zach Tom, OT, Wake Forest
A versatile offensive lineman that can play both center and tackle, Zach Tom is a phenomenal get for Green Bay at No. 140. Excellent value here.
No. 179 Overall: Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina
With the loss of Za’Darius Smith, the Packers needed help with their pass rush and they’ve taken a step in that direction with Kingsley Enagbare, who racked up 15 career sacks at South Carolina.
No. 228 Overall: Tariq Carpenter, S, Georgia Tech
The Packers had yet to address their needs in the secondary until this pick and Tariq Carpenter is a fantastic selection this late in the draft.
No. 234 Overall: Jonathan Ford, DT, Miami
Grabbing another defensive lineman late won’t hurt the Packers one bit. Ford isn’t the strongest prospect, but that’s obviously why he’s here in the seventh round.
No. 249 Overall: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
Yet another strong value selection for Green Bay. Walker will need some fine-tuning, but he’s a physical presence and gives the Packers more depth on the offensive line, which is nothing but a good thing.
No. 258 Overall: Samori Toure, WR, Nebraska
Toure has a little size at 6’3″ and caught 46 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Cornhuskers in 2021. Something tells me this is a guy Rodgers will like.
Stats courtesy of Sports Reference
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