5 Packers free agents who can be replaced in 2023 NFL Draft
Packers could draft Sam LaPorta to replace Robert Tonyan
The other tight end the Packers lost in free agency was Robert Tonyan, who will now visit Lambeau Field as a division rival with the Chicago Bears.
Whereas Lewis' main job was to block, Tonyan was a go-to receiver. That's another area the Packers need to get better in the draft.
Enter Iowa's Sam LaPorta, who is one of the best tight end prospects in the class but could fall to the second round.
In terms of athleticism, it's hard to separate LaPorta and Tonyan. LaPorta's Relative Athletic Score of 9.01 compares to Tonyan's 9.03. The two posted near-identical numbers in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard split, and 10-yard split.
Like Tonyan, LaPorta played at wide receiver before making the switch to tight end. And it shows, as both players have great hands.
LaPorta was held back by the offense he played in at Iowa, but there's no doubting his ability as a receiver.
"LaPorta has the makings of a quality starting tight end in the NFL and being part of a more consistent unit should be a benefit to his overall ability to make an impact," wrote Joe Marino of The Draft Network.
The Packers need a tight end who can make a difference as a pass-catcher. LaPorta can do that.