The Green Bay Packers have made two trades in Round 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Draft trades are like buses. You wait and wait, then two come at once.
The Green Bay Packers just traded down twice. Once with the division-rival Detroit Lions, then with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It's not often that division rivals make a trade, especially in the draft. But that's what's just happened. The Packers were scheduled to pick at No. 45 overall, but they instead sent that choice to the Detroit Lions, moving down a few spots.
Moments later, they sent the pick from the Lions to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
So, let's break it all down.
Full details of Packers-Lions and Packers-Bucs Round 2 draft trades
According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Packers sent the No. 45 pick to the Lions for the No. 48 and No. 159 picks, the latter a fifth-rounder. Yates then reported that Green Bay sent the No. 48 pick to the Buccaneers for the No. 50 and No. 179 picks, which is a sixth-rounder.
So, effectively, the Packers have swapped their original pick at No. 45 for picks in the fifth and sixth rounds, and they only had to move down five spots to get the additional draft capital.
Not bad business by GM Brian Gutekunst.
Clearly, Gutekunst is happy with the draft board and believes the Packers will be able to get a good player, even by trading down. Good value, and a smart move.
It's not the first time the Packers have struck a draft-night deal with a division rival. A year ago, the Packers sent both of their second-round picks to the Minnesota Vikings to go up and get wide receiver Christian Watson. That trade looks like a great one for the Packers.