Packers make big trade in 2023 two-round mock draft

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Unfortunately, the Green Bay Packers‘ season has ended sooner than we had hoped.

Despite making a run in December, the Packers fell short of the postseason after a last-day defeat to the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.

Preparations now begin for the 2023 NFL Draft, where the Packers hold the 15th overall pick.

Big questions will be asked this offseason. Let’s look at how the Packers can improve in April’s draft.

It starts with a trade in the first round.

To create this article, I used Pro Football Focus’ 2023 mock draft simulator.

Trade in first round

So, let’s start with the trade.

Nicely positioned with the 15th overall pick, the Packers could potentially move inside the top 10 without having to give away selections in the opening two rounds.

Here, a player fell to the 10th overall pick that could help the Packers in a big way. More on that in a moment.

A fair trade sees Green Bay give up its third-rounder to move up five spots and into the top 10.

Now, giving away a third-round pick may seem expensive, but hear me out. The Packers have effectively had zero third-round picks for about a decade.

Recent third-round selections include Amari Rodgers, Josiah Deguara, Jace Sternberger, Oren Burks, Montravius Adams, and Kyler Fackrell. Deguara is the only player from this list still on the roster.

The Packers will hope last year’s third-round pick, Sean Rhyan, can change the recent track record for third-round picks, but considering he didn’t play a single offensive snap in his rookie season, it’s not looking great.

In this mock, I saved the Packers the trouble of wasting another third-rounder by trading it away. Thank me later.