What will the Packers do with that 13th overall now?

Very few teams in the NFL have had such a monumental offseason as the Green Bay Packers have. Though the Packers haven’t made a large number of moves this offseason, they did trade long-time franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets, just days before the NFL Draft.

In that trade, the Packers will send Rodgers with their 15th overall pick and fifth-round pick for the Jets' 13th overall pick, their second-round pick at No.42, sixth-round pick at No. 207 as well as a conditional 2024 second-round pick.



In today’s article, we’re going to focus on what the Packers will do with that now 13th overall pick in Thursday’s first round.

There are several avenues the Packers could go at No.13 with several needs. Those needs include potentially a quarterback. How much faith do the Packers have in Jordan Love? Could they decide to move on from him already or will they give him a full season to prove what he could do? Additionally, the offensive line is a major need as well. Keeping Aaron Rodgers upright over the last several seasons was a tall task for the Packers and while they’ll likely have a more mobile quarterback behind center going forward, improving on the offensive line will still be a must.

The Packers of course will also need to improve the offensive weapons they put around their quarterback both at wide receiver and tight end. With that being said, here are five options for the Packers at No. 13.

OL Darnell Wright (Tennessee): The versatile Tennessee offensive lineman has been rising up draft boards across the league over the last few weeks and could be a perfect fit for the Packers. Wright can play either tackle position but if needed could also move into a guard position at the NFL level.



WR Zay Flowers (Boston College): The Boston College wide receiver is expected to go in the first or second round this week after a highly productive career on Chestnut Hill. Flowers over four years with the Eagles recorded 200 receptions for 3,056 yards and 29 touchdowns. This past fall he posted 78 receptions for 1,077 yards and 12 touchdowns. Massachusetts sports betting promos are a must if Green Bay drafts Zay Flowers for all New England area fans that will be supporting him throughout his NFL career.

WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Ohio State): Smith-Njigba has become a popular name at wide receiver in this year’s draft and is a name to watch out closely for. Smith-Njigba was limited to just three games this past season at Ohio State after a breakout season in2 201 that saw him record 95 receptions for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. That being said, the 6-foot-0, 197-pound wideout is still the complete package with great speed, great athleticism, and the hands to be a star as soon as he steps into the league.

TE Michael Mayer (Notre Dame): The Packers choosing to go the tight end route wouldn’t be shocking either and Mayer is the best tight end in the draft. The Notre Dame prospect is a complete tight end who is coming off a 67 reception, 809 yards, and nine touchdown seasons for Notre Dame. Not only is he great as a pass catcher but he’s also a formidable blocker as well. He’s the type of tight end who can be on the field the entire game as he has very few weaknesses.

TE Dalton Kincaid (Utah): If Mayer is gone or perhaps doesn’t fit what Green Bay is looking for, Utah’s Dalton Kincaid also makes a ton of sense. Another player who can do it all at the position, Kincaid recorded a breakout season this past fall for the Utes with 70 receptions for 890 yards and eight touchdowns.

Overall, the Packers certainly have the flexibility to go several different ways with their first-round draft pick and thanks to the Aaron Rodgers trade have more picks at their disposal. All in all, the Packers hold 11 draft picks in this weekend's draft including three picks in the top 50. There is plenty of flexibility for Packers GM Brian Gutekunst and his front office to go on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Either way, Thursday will also mark the unofficial start of the post-Aaron Rodgers era of Green Bay Packers as it will be the first major event of the NFL offseason since Rodgers’ trade earlier this week.

The NFL Draft is set to kick off on Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. You can join CHTV co-founder Aaron Nagler as he welcomes Packers fans from around the world to watch the 2023 NFL Draft. out  with the first round and will carry over into Friday night for the second and third rounds before concluding with the final four rounds on Saturday afternoon. Viewers in the United States can view the entirety of the draft on ESPN (including ESPN2) and NFL Network.


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CoachJV's picture

April 27, 2023 at 01:23 pm

I'm hoping for Mayer... He can do both jobs of a TE very well. He's the best blocker of the bunch and his catch ability is pretty okay too.

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May 03, 2023 at 07:53 am

Overall, the Packers certainly have the flexibility to go several different ways with their first-round draft pick and thanks to the Aaron Rodgers trade

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