Grading the Green Bay Packers 2023 rookie class after first season

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Colby Wooden

Grade: C

Round 4 (116th overall)

Wooden's role fizzled out throughout the season, primarily due to Karl Brooks proving time and time again that he needs more playing time. That's not to say Wooden didn't have strong moments that were highlighted by a blocked field goal attempt against the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Right off the bat, in Week 1, Wooden tallied the fourth-most pressures of all rookie defenders (4). He closed out with nine pressures and 12 total tackles. Even as a "tweener" defensive tackle playing at 270 pounds, one thing remained consistent with Wooden: his power and slippery swim move helped him move the line of scrimmage backward.

Sean Clifford

Grade: C

Round 5 (149th overall)

It's difficult to apply a grade to a player who did nothing in the regular season besides taking the victory formation snap to close out a game. In that regard, Clifford was a home-run pick.

Clifford certainly played well enough in his first preseason to make the Packers comfortable that he could step in and perform well if something happened to Jordan Love. Clifford should have no problem and little competition slotting in as the second quarterback in Green Bay in 2024, surely giving the Packers coaching staff peace of mind.