4. Landing Dontayvion Wicks in Round 5
Late-round picks that hit always make a general manager look like a genius. Late-round picks that hit immediately make your GM look like he should win some kind of award.
And frankly, this year's draft class for the Packers probably should win some type of award. Dontayvion Wicks, a fifth-round pick out of Virginia, was a player the Packers really had to bank on coming back around to his 2021 evaluation. He had a down season in 2022 for Virginia, loaded with dropped passes. But in 2021, he was a tremendous big-play threat, and we've seen that version of Wicks coming around in 2023 for the Packers.
He ranks first on the Packers at 15.8 yards per reception and third on the team with 520 receiving yards at the time of this post being written.
5. Getting a steal in Carrington Valentine
Day three of the 2023 NFL Draft was good to the Green Bay Packers. Although the jury is out as to whether Carrington Valentine can become a fixture in the starting lineup beyond this season, the rookie has been pressed into action and he's come up with some nice plays.
Valentine leads the Packers with eight passes defensed, and has allowed just 57.1 percent of passes thrown in his direction to be caught. Not bad for a seventh-round pick.
Valentine came to the Packers from the Kentucky program, and is another win for those who believe in taking dart throws on guys with high Relative Athletic Scores coming out, especially on day three.