The Green Bay Packers have the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. With that pick, they could take any number of players as they have multiple positions of need. One of these positions is at wide receiver. Of course, last year the Packers drafted three wide receivers: Christian Watson (second round), Romeo Doubs (fourth round), and Samori Toure (seventh round). However, with the possible departures of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb via free agency, the Packers find themselves in need of wide receivers. In this latest mock draft on NFL.com, Green Bay addresses their need at wide receiver prior to any other need on their roster in the first round.
The Green Bay Packers Select Jaxon Smith-Njigba with the 15th Overall Pick
Will the Green Bay Packers use their first round pick (15th overall) on a wide receiver? As everyone knows, they have not done so since 2002 (Javon Walker). Perhaps a better question is will they use a first round pick on a wide receiver who played in three games and recorded just five receptions in 2022?
Now, there is no doubt that Jaxon Smith-Njigba is a fine wide receiver. In 2021, as a sophomore, he did have 95 receptions for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. On a team that featured current NFL studs Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, Smith-Njigba was the leading receiver.
So to answer the question posed, will Green Bay use their first round pick on a wide receiver who missed most of 2022 to injury, the answer is “maybe.” If there was any wide receiver to take that risk on, it would be Smith-Njigba. However, with so many other holes on the roster (safety, tight end, defensive line, edge rusher), it will not be surprising if the Packers look at drafting a different position with the 15th overall pick.
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Will the Green Bay Packers Make the 2023 NFL Playoffs?
According to sportsbooks, the Green Bay Packers are currently ninth overall (+3000) to win the 2024 Super Bowl. This is the highest among 2022 non-playoff teams, signaling they’ll be playoff-bound.
Who Do the Green Bay Packers Play in 2023?
Aside from their divisional opponents (Vikings, Lions, and Bears), whom they place twice, the Packers play the Saints, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Chargers, and Rams at home in 2023. They’ll travel on the road to face the Falcons, Panthers, Broncos, Raiders, Giants, and Steelers.
Who Owns the Green Bay Packers?
The team is owned by Green Bay Packers, Inc., a publicly owned and traded non-profit. There are currently over 360,000 stockholders. Mark Murphy currently holds the role of Packers president and CEO, with plans to retire in 2025.
How Many Super Bowls Have the Packers Won?
The Packers have won four Super Bowls. These victories include Super Bowl 1 and Super Bowl 2 after the 1966 and 1967 seasons. Their next title came in Super Bowl 31, following the 1996 season. Their most recent championship was Super Bowl 45, crowning them the winners of the 2010 season.