The Green Bay Packers were all over the place in 2022. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn't find his groove with inconsistent weapons and Green Bay's defense ranked outside the top 10 in nearly every statistical category. The Packers posted a losing record (8-9) for the first time since 2018 as a result.
The offseason presents an opportunity for Green Bay to improve and get back to being the best team in a suddenly tough NFC North division. It all starts with grabbing an elite playmaker through the NFL Draft. Here's a look at three of the most likely draft targets for the Packers with the 15th overall pick.
Green Bay Packers 2023 NFL Draft
1. Quentin Johnson, WR (TCU)
The best case scenario for the Packers would be seeing wide receiver Quentin Johnson fall out of the top 10 and somehow be available at No. 15 overall. That is because he fits what head coach Matt LaFleur wants in a receiver much more than prospects like Jordan Addison or Jaxson Smith-Njigba do. Johnson is a massive presence at the position (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and has the strength to jump over defenders to haul in the football. He would also serve as a great complement to Christian Watson and a perfect red zone option for Rodgers. The 21-year-old posted 1,069 yards and 6 touchdowns on 60 receptions (17.8-yard average) in his final season with the Horned Frogs.
2. Peter Skoronski, OT (Northwestern)
The Packers are riddled with question marks along their offensive line. David Bahktiari and Yosuah Nijman are free agents after they each started in at least 11 games for Green Bay in 2022. Zach Tom filled in nicely at tackle this season, but still projects as a guard. Taking the top tackle off the board in April would be a great first step in fixing a depth issue. Peter Skoronski earned three All-Big Ten honors with Northwestern and is commended for his leadership in the locker room. He also possesses incredible hand technique and a high work ethic. Keep in mind Peter's father, Bo Skoronski, was a team captain for the Packers when Vince Lombardi was coaching the team and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as well. That's quite a family legacy.
3. Michael Mayer, TE (Notre Dame)
If Johnson ends up being taken before the Packers are on the clock, don't completely rule them out when it comes to taking a pass-catcher. Both Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis are set to hit the free agent market, leaving the team without a stable option at tight end. Michael Mayer is being praised as one of the best TE prospects in years after racking up 2,099 yards and 18 touchdowns on 180 receptions across three seasons at Notre Dame. He excelled in both run and pass protection, while also showcasing incredible hands for a player of his stature (6-foot-4, 249 pounds). Drafting Mayer and adding a cheap veteran to mentor him would benefit Green Bay in the long run.
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