Once again, it’s Green Bay Packers Mock Draft Monday! Along with our seven-round NFL mock draft for the Packers below, we will also project the Aaron Rodgers trade, which should happen prior to the draft.
As we said in last week’s mock draft, from now all the way up until the 2023 NFL Draft, Let’s Go Wisconsin will feature a seven-round Green Bay Packers mock draft right here every single Monday. So, follow our socials, bookmark our website and make sure you don’t miss a mock draft.
If you missed my NFL Draft coverage on FlurrySports last year, I’ll get you up to speed. I have experience as a scout and actually know how to break down film and apply the knowledge, unlike many draft “experts.” The result was an incredibly accurate player analysis that was more than justified by the rookie seasons we saw. My expertise is in offensive line play. If you have any OL questions, ask me on Twitter and I will geek out about the trenches as much as you want.
Without further ado, let’s jump into our seven-round Green Bay Packers mock draft. I used the PFF NFL Mock Draft Simulator. While PFF is the furthest thing from accurate, we can get a very rough estimate about what types of players will be available at the given draft picks.
Green Bay Packers Draft Picks 2023
This is a list of the Green Bay Packers draft picks for the 2023 NFL Draft. We will also gain more Packers draft picks from the Aaron Rodgers trade.
Projected Aaron Rodgers Trade to Jets | Aaron Rodgers News
I believe the Aaron Rodgers trade I said a couple of weeks ago is pretty realistic. The recent news about a Rodgers trade is that the Packers have backed away from wanting a first-round pick (duh).
A second-round pick for this season makes sense, as does a wide receiver. With Corey Davis being on the final year of his contract, it makes sense to reunite him with Matt LaFleur. He will also immediately be the most experienced receiver on the roster, and he could serve as a mentor to this young WR room.
Additionally, there should be at least one conditional draft pick for next season included. This means the pick changes value depending on Rodgers’ status/performance with the team.
Jets Get: Aaron Rodgers, the best QB to ever play the game of football
Packers Get: 2023 Round 2 Pick (No. 42), 2024 Conditional Pick (Rounds 1-3), WR Corey Davis
Green Bay Packers Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 15 — Lukas Van Ness, DL/EDGE, Iowa
Many fans are overlooking the need on the defensive line, but in this Green Bay Packers mock draft, the team addresses this need immediately. Lukas Van Ness is listed as an EDGE by most analysts and sites, but he is much more than that.
While Van Ness can line up as an edge rusher and thrive, especially early in the season when Rashan Gary could still be out, the Hawkeye thrived as a 3 Technique as well. With Dean Lowry gone, the Packers don’t lose an incredible talent, but they lose a player that served a large role for the team. Lukas Van Ness will be a massive upgrade on the defensive front, serving multiple roles.
Round 2, Pick 42 — Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
A knee injury limited Luke Musgrave to only two games last season. However, he totaled 11 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in those games.
He 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. Musgrave 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.
Round 2, Pick 45 — Antonio Johnson, CB/S, Texas A&M
In Green Bay’s second Round 2 pick in this Packers mock draft, they get a much-needed addition to the secondary. While Brian Branch is my favorite versatile safety in the draft, Antonio Johnson is just behind him and he can be taken a round later.
Last season, Johnson played roughly half of his snaps in the slot, a quarter in the box and a quarter deep. The Packers’ defense needs a true slot player for the star role, and I would love for Johnson to play that role. This allows Green Bay to move Rasul Douglas back.
However, if Green Bay doesn’t want to play Johnson where he would be best (which is a typical Packer defense thing to do), the Packers desperately need help at safety anyways and he would surely be an upgrade.
Round 3, Pick 78 — Tank Dell, WR, Houston
If Nathaniel Dell (Tank Dell) falls to Pick 78, as he did in this NFL mock draft, the Packers will have lucked out. He is a second-round talent who is an incredibly quick, versatile weapon that would make any offense better. Tank Dell would give the Packers a wide receiver that can beat man coverage. His quickness out of the slot will be impossible for NFC North defenses to cover, as they currently stand.
The worry about Dell is his size. It is the reason he drops to the third round, if that somehow happens. Listed at 5’8″ and 165 pounds, there is certainly reason for concern.
Round 4, Pick 116 — Moro Ojomo, DL, Texas
Moro Ojomo has the build and skills to be a 3-4 defensive end. He is one of the best run-stoppers on the defensive line in this draft, showing damn near perfect technique. The Packers need to learn how to stop the run first in order to have any kind of defensive consistency, and picking Ojomo could go a long way in helping this. He will be a Day 1 early-down player for the Packers.
Round 5, Pick 149 — Connor Galvin, OT, Baylor
Connor Galvin is an NFL Draft prospect that has gotten a lot of criticism. While some is deserved, it’s pretty obvious most of the “analysts” you hear from don’t understand what they are watching.
Galvin is a long, athletic offensive tackle that can develop into a solid swing tackle. He played a lot of good football for the Baylor Bears, and his best games last season came against Oklahoma, Kansas State, TCU and Texas, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a Big 12 prospect.
His run game is more developed than pass protection, but his deficiencies are all things that can be corrected with good coaching. Galvin’s hands and feet will be coached up, and he could develop into a great backup for the Packers, or possibly even a starter since we have seen plenty of backup tackles get extended run in Green Bay recently.
Round 5, Pick 170 — Jalen Moreno-Cropper, WR, Fresno State
In this Packers mock draft, they select a wide receiver out of Fresno State. Feels good, right? In this case, that wide receiver is Jalen Moreno-Cropper.
Moreno-Cropper is a tremendous athlete, shown by his 1.55-second 10-yard split at the NFL Combine. He can beat press, is a talented route-runner, can pick up yards after the catch and he is versatile. Moreno-Cropper has two passing touchdowns, has played well when used on jet sweeps and he also has some kick return experience, which is always nice to have. With Aaron Rodgers gone, so is Randall Cobb. Jalen Moreno-Cropper can help fill many of those slot snaps.
Round 7, Pick 232 — Aidan O’Connell, QB, Purdue
The Green Bay Packers are in the market for a backup quarterback. Aidan O’Connell is not a name that will overly excite you, but that is something Green bay is looking for as well. The backup cannot be seen as a threat to Jordan Love, but O’Connell is certainly worthy of competing for a roster spot.
O’Connell is a gamer. While he doesn’t have tremendous arm talent, he is a tough kid that is as competitive as they come. He is one of those players that would welcome the competition to make the roster and continue to work. Wherever he ends up, just keep an eye on him. There’s a chance O’Connell makes a spot start someday and really impresses.
Round 7, Pick 235 — Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State
In the second tight end pick of our Packers mock draft, Green Bay selects Brenton Strange. The PFF Mock Draft Simulator has it so you can draft strange in the seventh round. In reality, he’s likely going in the third. Please, don’t be the person to site PFF grades as stats.
The Penn State tight end is more of an in-line tight end that is more than willing to throw his head around and block. He also has the athleticism to get up the field as well, so defenders will have to respect them if they don’t want Strange to be left alone for a big gain. Strange also looked great picking up yards after the catch.
He will be more of a blocker early on, as he could struggle with separation and completing plays. However, being the second tight end drafted for the Packers here, that works out perfectly.
Round 7, Pick 242 — Hunter Luepke, RB, NDSU
You need some players on your team willing to do the dirty work and out-work is peers. That’s Hunter Luepke. From Spencer, Wisconsin, Luepke had a solid career as a versatile player in the NDSU backfield. He can run, catch and will hit people. The Packers could use him in a similar role to what Josiah Deguara has done for Green Bay, except also carry the ball a little.
Luepke also has a lot of special teams experience and would thrive in this area, making him a great seventh-round pick in this Packers mock draft.
Round 7, Pick 256 — Jake Moody, K, Michigan
The Packers should not bring back Mason Crosby. In order to stay cheap at the position, Green Bay should draft a kicker, and Jake Moody looks to be the best in the 2023 NFL Draft. He won the Lou Groza Award (best kicker) in 2021 and was a finalist last season as well.
Moody made a 59-yard field goal against TCU in the College Football Playoff, but people say he doesn’t have a “booming leg.” He also has kickoff experience, which is needed for the Packers’ kicker replacement.