Green Bay Packers GM Brian Gutekunst has put together a really solid, young roster full of talented players, but you can't help but look at some of the players he missed in the 2023 NFL Draft and wonder how much better this Packers team could be right now.
The NFL Draft is an inexact science, but fans are becoming more and more aware of how good players can be at the next level in the pre-draft process, and even though hindsight is 20/20, it seems like you're not having to wait a really long time to see bad decisions in hindsight these days.
Although it's far too premature to say that the Packers will definitely regret some of these selections, let's look at some draft picks they could ultimately regret (already, even) and think about the players that they could have taken instead.
Packers should have drafted Broderick Jones over Lukas Van Ness
The Green Bay Packers went with their bread and butter with their top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, sticking with the defensive front seven and taking Iowa's versatile defensive lineman Lukas Van Ness. Van Ness was impressive with the Hawkeyes despite not really starting many games. He's played 128 snaps so far in his rookie season (36 percent) and had a sack in his first NFL game, but nothing since then.
You expect first-round pass rushers to come in and contribute right away, just like you really expect first-round tackles to come in and make an immediate difference. Given the injury issues David Bakhtiari has had in recent years, and given the crucial year of development this is for Jordan Love, should the Packers have hedged their bets a little bit better and taken Broderick Jones, the tackle from Georgia, instead of Lukas Van Ness?
I think so.
Jones is not yet considered the starting left tackle for the Steelers at the time of this writing, but he got his first NFL action against the Ravens recently and looked really good. Perhaps the Packers should have dipped into that Georgia Bulldogs talent pool once again in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft and made Broderick Jones their left tackle of the future.