Packers make three trades in huge 2023 three-round mock draft

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Round 2 (38): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

With a receiver and tight end added in the first round, Green Bay can shift its attention to the line of scrimmage. The Lions have shown the benefit of placing an emphasis on building the offensive and defensive lines.

The Packers’ starting two tackles in 2023 could be David Bakhtiari and either Yosh Nijman or Zach Tom. But they lack depth and could also do with adding a long-term starter.

“Wright possesses an alluring combination of nastiness, power, strength, and technical excellence,” writes Pro Football Network’s Oliver Hodgkinson.

Wright could develop behind the starters in year one and start at tackle in 2024.

Round 2 (40): Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

It’s a familiar story along the defensive line. Green Bay needs to get Kenny Clark some help. While Devonte Wyatt’s development will be important in 2023, the Packers should also draft a lineman early on.

Michigan’s Mazi Smith could immediately contribute, especially against the run.

The Packers’ run defense was nowhere near good enough this season, ranking 26th in the NFL. Smith would help, and he can also provide some interior pass rush.

With a top three of Kenny Clark, Devonte Wyatt, and Mazi Smith along the defensive line, the Packers would be in a stronger position entering the 2023 season.