MarShawn Lloyd makes bold prediction for Packers entering rookie season

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MarShawn Lloyd didn't expect to get drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but he couldn't be happier to join one of the most exciting young teams in football.

Green Bay is building something special on offense around Jordan Love, and Lloyd is the latest addition to a new-look backfield featuring All-Pro Josh Jacobs. At the NFL Combine, Lloyd said he looked up to Jacobs. Now, they are teammates.

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah named Lloyd his top-ranked running back in the class. Others have compared the USC product to Aaron Jones. His home-run-hitting ability and pass-catching talent will help fill the void left by Jones' departure, and Lloyd's skill set matches up perfectly with Jacobs'.

The addition of Lloyd and Jacobs helps take Green Bay's offense to the next level, and the rookie running back expects big things in year one.

MarShawn Lloyd believes Packers can reach Super Bowl

Speaking to reporters at the Packers' rookie minicamp on Friday, Lloyd said he didn't think the Packers would draft him but is delighted they did.

"I was not expecting to be here. When I got the call, the first thing I thought of was Super Bowl," said Lloyd.

"We're a young offense. We're young. We did so good. We were one of the youngest teams last year that was able to go as far as they did," Lloyd added. "We're a year older. The team's a year older. We've got a couple more young guys coming up. We have a chance to be special for quite some time."

He's not wrong. The oldest player on offense is Elgton Jenkins, who is only 28. Jacobs is the oldest running back at just 26.

Including the playoffs, Green Bay averaged 27.3 points per game in its final 10 contests last year. The talent is there, and they showed it late last season.

The Packers are built for an exciting future with a young core of Love, Jacobs, Lloyd, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, Luke Musgrave, and Tucker Kraft. Jacobs and Lloyd have yet to play a snap for the Packers, but the other names listed all showed star potential in 2023.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed. The Packers have to put it all together and continue to improve, but they showed their potential in the second half of last season.

Lloyd put it best: They have the chance to be special for a long time.

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