The Green Bay Packers could use a shakeup this year
The Green Bay Packers have many spots to fill for their roster in 2023. How they fill out the roster during free agency will likely determine Aaron Rodgers’ future with the team. It will also impact how the Packers address the 2023 NFL Draft. One draft analyst believes this is the year the Packers change their draft philosophy.
The Packers haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since Javon Walker in 2002. Rodgers has been frustrated by not getting top-tier help for the offense in the draft, most notably when they picked Jordan Love in 2020. With the talent at wide receiver in 2023, the Packers could go in that direction.
Analyst predicts the Packers take a WR in round one
Ryan Wilson with CBS Sports came out with an updated mock draft recently. Wilson has the Packers taking TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston in the first round:
“Quentin Johnston is an above-the-rim playmaker whose athleticism and contested-catch abilities make him in the running for WR1. The Packers have inexplicably shied away from WRs in the first round, but it’s probably time to change that, no matter who the quarterback will be next season.”
Wilson ranks Johnston as the third-best wide receiver in the class and the 27th overall prospect for 2023. Johnston could be a reach for the Packers at 15. The Green Bay Packers have pressing needs with their pass rush and at tight end. There are better players than Johnston at those positions that should be around pick 15.
While the Green Bay Packers need a wide receiver for Rodgers to make a playoff run or for Jordan Love’s future after a rebuild, they should be cautious with taking Johnston in round one unless they plan to trade down. The Packers will have some solid contributors at wide receiver next season, with Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs returning for their sophomore campaigns.
Why not draft a franchise QB instead?