The offseason is heating up. With the NFL Scouting Combine in the books and free agency only a week away, we should soon know Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers.
Anything could happen. A week from Wednesday, he could officially join a new team via trade. He could also retire or continue to play for the Packers.
In this three-round, post-NFL Combine mock draft for the Packers, we look at the possibility of a trade being made in the coming days.
Rodgers to the New York Jets? Let’s start with the trade.
Note: I used Pro Football Focus’ mock draft simulator for this article.
Packers three-round mock draft with two trades
To give away two premium picks, the Jets may need the Packers to take on a lot of Aaron Rodgers’ salary. That’s fine. Green Bay can afford to do that in the short term while building for the future with additional draft picks in the opening two rounds.
With this trade, New York finds its quarterback to go with an excellent roster. The Jets immediately become AFC contenders. Green Bay would now have two top-15 picks and two second-rounders.
But they don’t keep the 13th overall pick. The Kansas City Chiefs move up, perhaps for a top wide receiver, with Green Bay moving all the way down to No. 31 overall.
In return, the Packers receive the Chiefs’ second-round pick along with a third-round selection in 2024. They still have two first-rounders, but also have three second-round picks.