The Green Bay Packers made a huge move prior to the 2023 NFL Draft. Jordan Love will be QB1 in Green Bay for the 2023 NFL season. For the first time in 31 years, a quarterback not named Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers will be the starter week one. Whether it was news of other teams reaching out, or the NFL Draft coming up, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers re-opened trade talks. This week, they got the deal done. With the extra picks the Green Bay Packers are reportedly showing interest in moving up in the draft.
Green Bay Packers Could Move Up In The First Round Of The 2023 NFL Draft
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com says the Packers are one of a few teams interested in moving up for the “right guy.” Zach Kruse of USA Today went on to elaborate:
Who could be a move-up target? Think one of the top edge rushers (Will Anderson, Tyree Wilson) or offensive tackles (Paris Johnson, Broderick Jones), or maybe Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter if he falls, or even Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba if the Packers don’t think he gets to 13.
It’s possible a player the Green Bay Packers deem to be an elite prospect will still be on the board within range of a realistic trade-up, especially with four quarterbacks and a few cornerbacks expected to go in the top 10 picks.
Brian Gutekunst has a long history of trading up. He moved back up after trading down in the first round to get Jaire Alexander in 2018, moved up to get Darnell Savage in 2019, moved up to get Jordan Love in 2020 and tried his best to move back into the first round and get Christian Watson before eventually landing him in the second round in 2022.
This draft class isn’t viewed as deep in can’t-miss prospects in the first round. While the Packers probably wouldn’t mind moving back from No. 13 to gain an extra Day 2 pick, aggressively going up to get a player they feel is a franchise-changing player is a realistic option, especially considering all the draft capital the Packers possess going into the proceedings.
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