The second day of the 2023 NFL Draft is in the books, and the 2023 Green Bay Packers draft class saw three more players selected. We previously handed out Packers draft grades for Lukas Van Ness. Here, we will grade the picks of Luke Musgrave, Jayden Reed and Tucker Kroft.
In the second round of the draft, the Packers drafted athletic tight end Luke Musgrave at 42nd overall. After trading down twice Green Bay then drafted wide receiver Jayden Reed. To end the night, Green Bay added another pass catcher in tight end Tucker Kroft in the third round.
Let’s hand out 2023 Green Bay Packers draft grades for all three players.
2023 Green Bay Packers Draft Class
|1,13||Lukas Van Ness, DE||Iowa|
|2, 42||Luke Musgrave, TE||Oregon State|
|2, 50||Jayden Reed, WR||Michigan State|
|3, 78||Tucker Kraft, TE||South Dakota State|
|4, 116||Colby Wooden, DL||Auburn|
|5, 149||Sean Clifford, QB||Penn State|
|5, 159||Dontayvion Wicks, WR||Virginia|
|6, 179||Karl Brooks, DL||Bowling Green|
|6, 207||Anders Carlson, K||Auburn|
|7, 232||Carrington Valentine, CB||Kentucky|
|7, 235||Lew Nichols III, RB||Central Michigan|
|7, 242||Anthony Johnson Jr., DB||Iowa State|
|7, 256||Grant DuBose, WR||Charlotte|
Luke Musgrave Highlights
Green Bay Packer Draft Grades
Round 2, Pick 42 – Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
This is pick from the 2023 Green Bay Packers draft class I have been projecting in mock drafts for months, so you know I like the selection.
Luke Musgrave is an athletic freak, running a 4.61-second 40-yard dash, and he has a 36-inch vertical and a 10-foot-5 broad jump. He is a massive, athletic receiver that can stretch the field and be a matchup nightmare. Musgrave also comes from a football family. He has a high football IQ and knows what it means to be a pro, which can go a long way.
This gives the Packers’ offense a vertical threat and a receiver that can create separation on his own (a rarity in Green Bay). Great pick.
Green Bay Packers Draft Grades: A-
Round 2, Pick 50 – Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
The Packers traded down twice to make this pick. Let me tell you, gaining those draft picks is what’s saving me right now. It was a reach to take Jayden Reed in the second round, to put it lightly, but it is technically an upgrade in the wide receiver room.
Reed is undersized, but he does have decent quickness. He has experience, and success, as a returner, which is always nice to have in Green Bay’s back pocket. Reed has also put many highlights on tape of him making contested catches due to his great ball skills.
Now, I feel like I have to explain this every year, and it will give some of you Amari Rodgers flashbacks from me screaming about how terrible that pick was immediately when it happened. Having many contested catches in college means you couldn’t get separation. On top of that, Reed is small and he doesn’t have great start-stop, so he is going to be blanketed by NFL defenders, who are bigger, stronger, faster and smarter than what he has played against.
Make no mistake, Reed is better than Rodgers. However, Reed is no second-round talent. There’s a chance he doesn’t get an “A” grade from me in the fourth round. He’s not a good value, there were better players at his position available, and there were much better players at other positions of need.
Green Bay Packers Draft Grades: C
Round 3, Pick 78 – Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. Tucker Kraft is a fine player and it wasn’t even a reach. However, this Packers draft pick felt unneeded. We must remember that the Packers are not a good football team. There are holes everywhere. This is also a deep tight end draft, so there will be plenty of solid options on the final day available.
Kraft is a very athletic tight end who also thrives as a blocker. He and Musgrave should develop as perfect complements, as long as they are coached well. Kraft is still quite raw as a tight end, but he looks good with the ball in his hands and he has the tools to move bodies.
Again, this Packers draft grade would be higher if Green Bay did not select Musgrave already. Due to the number of needs on this team and the players available, the grade is a bit lower.