Green Bay Packers scouts will be present at the Ohio State/Notre Dame game
The Green Bay Packers have a few gaps in their current roster that might be improved with a few players participating in a prime-time game Saturday night. The Ohio State Buckeyes are playing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday Night Football on ABC. Reports have come out that Packers scouts will be present at the contest.
Per Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com, the Packers have reserved three pressbox seats for the game. They appear to be putting a lot of emphasis on checking out the talent in this game. That’s not too surprising, as the game will feature two Top 5 college programs stacked with round one talent.
Who might the scouts be taking a look at?
Packers scouts will have plenty of players to follow during the game. We’re going to break down a few players that might interest the Packers in the first round of the 2023 draft.
It’s fairly safe to say the game’s highest projected picks, Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba will be off the board by the time the Packers pick. (They likely wouldn’t choose either player if they were on the board as they have resources at both positions.)
- Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame. Foskey is a senior for the Irish. He’s expected to be taken in the first round. Foskey would help the pass rush if added to a team with a stout linebacker unit. Foskey recorded 11 sacks in 2021.
- Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State. Johnson is a Junior for the Buckeyes. The Packers believe they found a gem in this year’s draft at the offensive tackle position with Zach Tom. But Johnson’s Blue Chip pedigree would ensure quarterback Jordan Love would be protected for years to come.
- Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame. One criticism of the Packers’ drafts on offense in recent years is at the tight end position. Mayer has been a staple in the Irish offense since he was a freshman. Mayer is a sure lock to be a top-tier NFL tight end.
- Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame. Joseph is a transfer from Northwestern. He was a ball hawk for the Wildcats as he secured nine interceptions in the previous two seasons. Joseph would be a charm for a unit that will need depth in the future.