Round 1: Packers trade down
The trading doesn’t stop here. With the 13th overall pick received from the Jets, the Packers pull off a trade with the other team from New York.
Green Bay moves down to No. 25, picking up an additional second-rounder in return.
Round 1 (15): Broderick Jones, T, Georgia
With Aaron Rodgers traded, the Packers can focus on the future.
Whether David Bakhtiari is back in 2023 or not, the Packers should look for their long-term starter at left tackle. Enter Georgia’s Broderick Jones.
The Packers have selected Georgia players with their past three first-round picks, and it would come as no surprise if Jones became the fourth in a row.
He is an incredible athlete with the potential to become a dominant left tackle in the NFL.
“Jones isn’t a finished product, but the physical and athletic gifts allow for a projection as a good, long-time starter,” wrote NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein.
And what better player to learn from than five-time All-Pro David Bakhtiari?
Jones has the potential to become the best tackle in this draft class, and he could shut down top pass rushers in Green Bay for years to come.
Round 1 (25): Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
Step one: Protect Jordan Love. Step two: Find him another pass-catcher.
Had it not been for a hamstring injury that limited Jaxon Smith-Njigba to three games this season, he would likely be much higher on draft boards.
But he is incredibly talented. In 2021, Smith-Njigba played 13 games for Ohio State, making 95 catches for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns.
An excellent route-runner, Smith-Njigba would perfectly fit Matt LaFleur’s offense and could line up in the slot. A trio of Smith-Njigba, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs would be a great young receiving corps to move forward with.