5 possible steals Packers could make in 2023 NFL Draft
1. Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
Iowa's Sam LaPorta is a potential second-round target for the Packers. Other tight ends will likely go before him, but LaPorta could end up as the best tight end in the class. A few years from now, we may be wondering how he fell out of the first round.
LaPorta has the speed and athleticism to dominate after the catch. According to Pro Football Focus, he broke 20 tackles on 58 receptions last season.
He is an excellent athlete, with a Relative Athletic Score of 9.02 out of 10. LaPorta ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, the third fastest among tight ends. He was also a top-three performer at the position in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.
LaPorta is a good blocker and has so much potential as a pass catcher.
While he might not get the same pre-draft buzz as Utah's Dalton Kincaid, Georgia's Darnell Washington, or Notre Dame's Michael Mayer, LaPorta is one of the best tight ends in a deep class.
The Packers may end up drafting a first-round tight end, but a better option could be to focus on another position on Day 1, then land one of the steals of the draft by selecting LaPorta in the second.