2023 NFL Draft Grades: Evaluating Winners and Losers

Green Bay Packers

Grade: B

Much to the chagrin of Green Bay Packer fans, the team spent yet another Day 1 pick on a defender. Lukas Van Ness was selected 13th overall by the Packers with the pick the team received in the Aaron Rodgers trade. Van Ness is a stellar athlete who figures to be an immediate impact player on the edge for Green Bay. While it certainly addressed a position of need, the Packers likely could have traded down once more and still secured Van Ness in the latter-portion of the first round.

Fortunately for young QB Jordan Love, Green Bay spent both of its second-round picks on offensive help. First came TE Luke Musgrave — the first of two tight ends selected by the Packers — out of Oregon State. Then, Michigan State wideout Jayden Reed. Musgrave gives Love a big target who can win on contested catches, while Reed brings a much-needed speed dynamic that will work out of the slot. Tucker Kraft will join Musgrave in the TE room, and is excellent after the catch. With several losses on the defensive front, Colby Wooden out of Auburn could find early playing time despite being a bit undersized for a defensive tackle.

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