4 prospects Packers could regret passing on in 2023 NFL Draft

2023 NFL Draft - Round 1
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1. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State

Drafted: Round 1 (No. 20) by Seattle Seahawks

The player so many Packers wanted in the first round. And he was there, still available, at No. 13 overall. Green Bay didn't need to trade up. But as they so often do, the Packers passed up the opportunity to draft a wide receiver early.

Green Bay did plenty of work to rebuild the receiving corps, both at wide receiver and tight end. The Packers added Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and Grant DuBose at receiver, and Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft at tight end. That's a lot of talent they have added to the offense.

However, Packers fans will be closely watching how Jaxon Smith-Njigba does in Seattle. The Seahawks have a scary receiving trio of Smith-Njigba, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett.

Smith-Njigba missed most of last season due to a hamstring injury, but that's about the only concern with drafting him. In 2021, he absolutely dominated, making 95 receptions for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. He had more receiving yards than Ohio State teammates Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, who were first-round picks last year.

The Packers did plenty of great work improving their receiving corps in this draft, but passing on Smith-Njigba may prove to be a mistake.

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