The Green Bay Packers have no margin for error to miss on their picks in the first two days of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Packers are scheduled to have one pick in each of the first three rounds. They have several positions to address after a less-than-pedestrian free agency for a team that missed the playoffs last season. The Packers could trade back their first-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys to have more options and pick up a talented edge prospect in a deep draft for pass rushers.
The Green Bay Packers need several starters from the draft
The Packers’ pass rush has been a major problem under general manager Brian Gutekunst’s tenure. The rebuilding offseason could see Gutekunst shake up the Packers’ drafting strategy in a few ways this year as the team transitions to the Jordan Love era. The Packers are expected to take a pass catcher in the first round, which is probably their biggest need. They need a few of them in the draft at tight and wide receiver. The Packers must add at safety and on the defensive line.
Because of the lack of depth on the roster, the Packers need to find several players in this draft that can start on day one and be solid contributors during the season. As inevitable injuries pile up, the Packers will need some of their players on day three to step up. The Packers’ best option to acquire high-quality talent in this draft might be to trade back in the first round for more day-two help. The Cowboys, who own the 26th overall pick, could be a perfect trade partner to do so.
The Dallas Cowboys need a TE and RB
The Cowboys have a solid roster at most positions this offseason. The team should be competing for a deep playoff run in 2023. However, they lost two players on offense from 2022 that need to be replaced. Tight end Dalton Shultz signed with the Houston Texans in free agency, and running back Ezekiel Elliott was released from the team. The Cowboys could draft a tight end of their choice or running back, Bijan Robinson, with the Packers’ 15th overall pick.
Proposed trade between Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys
According to the draft value chart, the difference between the Packers’ 15th pick and the Cowboys’ 26th is 350 points. The Cowboys would need to swap the 26th, their second-round pick, and likely a third-day pick to make a trade work.
Green Bay Packers receive
- Number 26 overall pick
- Number 58 overall pick
- Number 129 overall pick
Dallas Cowboys receive
- Number 15 overall pick
The Packers could have several excellent options for the defensive line with the 58th overall pick. They could take Edge Felix Anudike-Uzomah from Kansas State. If they wanted to improve the interior defensive line, the Packers could draft former Wisconsin Badgers defensive tackle, Keeanu Benton.
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