2023 NFL mock draft: Packers land top edge rusher in first round

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Strengthening the pass rush could be a priority for the Green Bay Packers in the offseason.

Green Bay’s pass rush has been inconsistent this season, especially after star edge rusher Rashan Gary suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Adding an edge rusher in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft could make a ton of sense, regardless of if Aaron Rodgers returns or Jordan Love is the new QB1.

While wide receiver could again be a need for the Packers, they don’t need to address the position on Day 1, considering how well rookie receivers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs have played this season.

Instead, adding a player at a key position like edge rusher could be the way to go.

Mock draft has Packers adding edge rusher in first round

In a recent 2023 mock draft for NFL Mocks, Hunter Haas has Green Bay selecting Texas Tech pass rusher Tyree Wilson with the 14th overall pick.

“Adding Texas Tech pass rusher Tyree Wilson gives the Packers another big, energetic player to pair with Gary when he returns from injury sometime in 2023,” writes Haas.

You can never have enough talented edge rushers. Wilson could become a long-term starter next to Rashan Gary, replacing Preston Smith in the future.

Wilson was named a second-team All-American this season. In 10 games, he has made seven sacks and 14 tackles for loss, while also forcing a fumble.

It’s unclear whether Gary will be ready to return in time for training camp. Preston Smith is under contract next season, and Kingsley Enagbare has impressed in a backup role in his rookie year.

By adding Wilson, the Packers could enter 2023 with great depth at edge rusher, while also having a potential long-term starter.

While many fans will want Green Bay to use a first-round pick on a wide receiver, strengthening the pass rush may be the best way to go.

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