Packers pull off huge trade in 2023 7-round mock draft
Round 2 (45): Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
The beauty of that first-round trade is Green Bay still owns both of its original Day 2 selections. And that allows them to find their new TE1 with Iowa's Sam LaPorta.
In a draft class deep at the tight end position, LaPorta is one of the best.
"The Iowa standout is a crafty seam runner who can control the middle of the field as a secondary option in the passing game," wrote Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
With his route-running and receiving ability, LaPorta could quickly become a quality TE1 in Matt LaFleur's offense.
Round 3 (78): Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
The Packers need to draft a safety. If Alabama's Jordan Battle is there in the third round, Green Bay should have an easy choice to make.
Battle is a good all-around safety, something the Packers will miss if they don't re-sign Adrian Amos.
The Packers have made multiple signings at safety this offseason. They brought in Tarvarius Moore and re-signed Rudy Ford and Dallin Leavitt. That strengthens Green Bay's depth, but they are all key special teams contributors. The Packers need a starter at safety.
That's where Battle can help.
"An experienced, savvy, and athletically gifted defensive back who can play in multiple spots in the secondary," wrote Natalie Miller of Draft Wire.