The Green Bay Packers have officially moved up to the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. This, of course, is one of the results of the trade that sent Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. Additionally, Green Bay is sending a fifth round pick to the Jets. In return, they are receiving a second round pick this year, a sixth round pick, and a conditional second round pick in 2024 that will become a first round pick if Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps in 2023.
Even moving up two spots, though, may not be enough to ensure the Packers get the player they want. That is why Alex Kay of Bleacher Report suggests that they trade into the top 10.
The Green Bay Packers Should Trade into the Top 10 to Take Jaxon Smith-Njigba
In his article in which he names the perfect draft day trade for each NFL team, Kay suggests that Packers trade their 13th overall pick and their third round pick (78 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 10th overall pick:
“Packers receive: 2023 first-round pick (No. 10)
“Eagles receive: 2023 first-round pick (No. 13), 2023 third-round pick (No. 78).
“After officially dealing Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets on Monday, the Green Bay Packers can prepare for the Jordan Love era by bringing in one of the best receivers in the 2023 class.
“While the Packers did move up two spots in the first round as part of the Rodgers trade, they aren’t guaranteed to land a premier talent like Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba at No. 13 overall. Jumping ahead three spots to No. 10 would give Green Bay a much better opportunity to secure the potential superstar wideout.
“It will likely cost a late Day 2 pick to pull off the leap, but it’ll be worth it to provide Love with a playmaking receiver as he prepares for his first season as the Packers’ new starting signal-caller.
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This trade does make a ton of sense for the Packers, if wide receiver is the direction they want to go in the first round. I am sure no one needs to be reminded that they have not drafted a receiver in the first round since 2002 (Javon Walker). That being said, their wide receiver room has not been this much of need going into past drafts since, well, perhaps ever. If there was ever a time for the Packers to use a first round pick on a wide receiver, it would be now (though next year’s class is going to be better).
This is also a good move for the Packers considering their poor history of drafting players in the third round. Off-loading their third round pick to help them move up in the NFL Draft may not be a total loss, especially since they have two second round picks.
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Seriously..what joke! Rodgers isn’t going to get used too the boo birds in Ny..it’s coming