The Green Bay Packers need to add a pass rusher in the 2023 NFL Draft, and Iowa State’s Will McDonald IV could be a great choice in the opening two rounds.
McDonald posted on social media that he was at Lambeau Field, a sign he has made a pre-draft visit with the Packers.
Projected to go in either the first or second round, McDonald would be a great addition to Joe Barry’s defense, where he would provide much-needed pass-rush depth with the potential to become an excellent starter.
Over the past three seasons at Iowa State, McDonald made 27 sacks, 33.5 tackles for loss, seven pass defenses, and eight forced fumbles.
“Overall, McDonald’s hard-nosed demeanor and pass-rush talent are winning play traits that will help him become a successful 3-4 outside linebacker and sack artist,” wrote Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
The Packers struggled to generate consistent pressure last season after losing Rashan Gary to injury.
Getting Gary back at some point in 2023 will give the defense a huge boost, but they need to get him some more help.
Preston Smith is a reliable, solid starter, while Kingsley Enagbare showed potential in his rookie season.
But McDonald could be a starter for many years in this defense, and he could be a game-changer for the Packers’ pass rush.
According to Pro Football Focus, McDonald’s pass rush grade of 90.2 over the past two seasons led all Big 12 edge rushers.
For the Packers to remain competitive in the NFC North, they must strengthen their pass rush.
McDonald can make a huge difference, so it’s no surprise to see the Packers bring him in for a pre-draft visit.