There’s no doubt about it, Christian Watson is the darling of the Green Bay Packers 2022 project. Round two grabs most of the media and fan attention. Green and Gold believers desperately want him to be the latest heir to a legacy of great receivers that include Sterling Sharp, Robert Brooks, Antonio Freeman, Donald Driver, Randall Cope, Jordi Nelson and Davante Adams.
Romeo Dobbs gets very little, if any, attention. thats understood. It was once three picks, made in the fourth round. He played in Nevada, in the low-key Mountain West Conference, against West Coast schools largely unfamiliar to Packer fans. No one among the receiving candidates raised it before the draft. In CHTV’s Draft Handbook, Watson was ranked as the second best future prospect in the class. Doubs barely ranked in the top twenty, at number nineteen.
So why did Pro Football Focus recently name the Doubs as among the six best players selected on Day 3 who are “in the best position for Year One production”? That may be due to his leadership of college football in what is classified as a “deep reception drop” in 2020 and 2021 combined. Grab them fifteen yards or more. Last season, the Nevada players threw the ball deep into Dobbs 25 times. Grab 12 of them averaging 37 yards per grab. Former offensive coordinator Matt Mom was quoted as saying that Doubs is “one of the best deep ball trackers I’ve ever seen.”
It didn’t take long for that talent to reveal itself in Green Bay. In a small training for beginners, Doubs picked up three long balls and immediately caught the coaches’ attention. His longtime bomb-making skills are especially noteworthy given that he doesn’t have a super fast speed. The Packers recorded it “somewhere in the 4.5’s” according to general manager Brian Gutekunst. Then Doubs said “Not only is it fast, you make sure you know the technique of running a deep pattern, whether that’s a deep center shaft, or running a ball, make sure you stack (defender), make sure you master the technique and core business.” (from Packer Center)
Remind you of anyone? Isn’t that the mantra that Davante Adams has always worked under? It’s not so fast as it is technically sound. I don’t compare the two. I’m just pointing out that Doubs is ahead of the game because he hasn’t spent his college career relying solely on his natural talent for opening up and picking up football. He already learned that technology is everything. This will serve him well at this level.
Another reason why Packer fans are excited about Christian Watson is the possibility of his kicks coming back. Here, too, Doubs should receive due attention. As a freshman, the first time he touched a soccer ball in his first game, he returned a 80-yard gamble for a hit.
Watching his highlight reel, there aren’t many boxes that he doesn’t check. Makes sharp cuts for a deep, wide opening. When defended, he catches the ball in a crowd, using his six-foot-tall and six-foot-tall body to protect his smaller defensive backs. He runs shorter possession trails well, and shows great control on his feet on the sideline. He knows how to get back into the quarterback when the play falls apart. He keeps the ball away from his body. Many have struck me as being similar to Ellen Lazard.
Like Watson, Doubs has, for the most part, not played against a high-profile competition in college. But the opposition he lined up against, he dominated. He was the first team in every conference, to lead the league in TD, and was second in yards per catch. In one game against Fresno State, he had 19 passes for 203 yards. Professional scouts saw him as good enough to invite him to Senior Ball.
nfl.com’s Lance Zierlein writes that the Doubs’ biggest drawback is that he’s a linear runner who will struggle to break free from press coverage at the NFL level. This appears to be a common challenge for any novice recipient. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had the same difficulty at first but improved enough to get a nice second contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Evidence in the small camp suggests that Doubs is a quick study.
I have a good feeling for this guy. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he beats Christian Watson this year.