Packers: Georgia tight end Darnell Washington has pre-draft visit

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As the Green Bay Packers make preparations for the 2023 NFL Draft, they can host 30 players for pre-draft visits.

It appears Georgia tight end Darnell Washington is one of them.

Washington posted on social media that he was in Green Bay.

And it makes sense for the Packers to bring Washington in for a visit.

Tight end is their biggest offseason need, and Washington is one of the top players at the position in this year’s class. He could be a first-round pick.

Washington was one of the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine, showcasing his outstanding athleticism. He has a Relative Athletic Score of 9.87 out of 10.

Robert Tonyan has signed with the Chicago Bears in free agency, while Marcedes Lewis remains a free agent. Washington could be the perfect replacement for Lewis in Green Bay’s offense.

Washington’s biggest strength is his blocking ability. He could dominate from day one as a run blocker, helping create rushing lanes for Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

But Washington also has plenty to offer as a receiver.

The Packers should be in the mix for a tight end in the opening couple of rounds of next month’s draft, and Washington could be a great pick.

So, does having a pre-draft visit indicate Green Bay will draft Washington? Not necessarily, although Paul Bretl of Packers Wire wrote a fascinating article on the correlation between players the Packers host for pre-draft visits and who they actually pick.

According to Bretl, nine of the 30 players Green Bay hosted last year ended up on the team, six of them being drafted by the Packers.

Washington visiting Green Bay for a pre-draft visit could be the clearest indication yet that the Packers may have interest in drafting him in the opening couple of rounds. And there’s no doubt that Washington could help this offense.