Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has made some big draft-day trades in recent years. He has previously moved up in the early rounds, doing so to draft Jordan Love, Darnell Savage, and Christian Watson.
But trading down can also be beneficial, acquiring additional picks to help strengthen the roster.
Lombardi Ave’s Jacob Schyvinck wrote a great article this week on why it would make sense for the Packers to move back and add as many Day 2 picks as possible.
So, I thought I’d give it a try. I pulled up the Pro Football Focus mock draft simulator and did exactly that. Here are my results.
Packers 2023 three-round mock draft: The trades
Let’s start with the trades.
The first sees Green Bay send Aaron Rodgers to the Las Vegas Raiders for multiple premium picks, while the other has the Packers move down from No. 15.
Aaron Rodgers to the Las Vegas Raiders could make a lot of sense, and it would be fun to see him reunited with Davante Adams, his greatest-ever wide receiver.
Green Bay doesn’t land two first-round picks or any players in this trade, but it does bring back two premium picks, the same as in last year’s deal for Adams.
And one of them happens to be seventh overall, a great opportunity to land a future star to build around.
Initially, I was a little surprised this would be accepted. But it checks out on DraftTek’s trade value chart. While Green Bay moves down 15 spots in the first round, it adds two Day 2 picks and a 2024 fourth-rounder.
This gives the Packers a chance to load up on talent in the second and third rounds.