4 NFC North draft picks the Packers won't be happy to see
In what could be a wide-open NFC North this season, all four teams will hope their draft class can help lead them to a division title. The Green Bay Packers put together an impressive class and one that surrounds first-year starter Jordan Love with more talent.
The Chicago Bears aim to go from worst to first. They built on a busy free agency period with the hopes of quickly turning things around. The Detroit Lions bounced back from a head-scratching opening night, making some smart selections. As for the Minnesota Vikings, well, they may have had the worst draft class in the division.
Unfortunately, the Packers weren't the only team in the NFC North to add talented players to their roster in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Let's look at four new arrivals to the division the Packers won't be happy to see.
4. Sam LaPorta, TE, Detroit Lions
While it was surprising to see the Lions pass on Michael Mayer, they drafted an excellent player in the second round, selecting Iowa's Sam LaPorta.
LaPorta would've been a tremendous fit in Matt LaFleur's offense. Instead, the Packers will face him twice a season.
The Iowa tight end is an excellent athlete, earning a Relative Athletic Score of 9.01 out of 10. He may lack the ideal size for the position, but he makes up for it with his athleticism, toughness, and receiving ability. LaPorta picks up yards after the catch for fun, making it look easy.
The Packers will need to be prepared for LaPorta. He is tough to tackle and will make a habit of picking up first downs in the middle of the field for the Lions.