Packers Trade Back, Arm Love for Success
After selecting Iowa edge rusher Lukas Van Ness in the 1st round, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst made some offensive moves in the 2nd round.
With the 42nd pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Green Bay selected TE Luke Musgrave from Oregon State. Musgrave is 6 foot 6 inches, weighing in at 253 pounds with a Relative Ahletic Score of 9.78, which is extremely elite.
With a very week tight end room coming into the draft, this position was absolutely a priority for the Packers. Robert Tonyan and Mercedis Lewis departed in free agency, creating a huge need for a premiere pass catcher over the middle. With incredible athletic traits that can translate to running any type of route, Musgrave should slide in well to Matt LaFleur's offense in 2023.
Musgrave was asked about his knee injury that kept him out of the end of the season last year, and he said that the knee is "not an issue" and that he is "so excited" to get back on the field with Green Bay.
After trading back from 45 to 48, and then from 48 to 50, Green Bay used the 50th overall pick to select WR Jayden Reed from Michigan State. Although Reed does not meet the usual "thresholds" that Packers fans use to predict what players Green Bay will select, Reed is a flashy player with big time play ability.
Gutekunst has said in the past that some of those athletic thresholds are simply guides, and that depending on how much they loved a guy. With 4.4 speed and the ability to create all over the field on offense and special teams, Reed was a guy that Brian Gutekunst and company were comfortable bucking their "standards" for.
By moving back five slots in the second round, the Packers added two selections on Day 3 to bolster their flexibility later on.