Packers Finally Add First-Round Playmaking Help in Todd McShay's Post-Super Bowl Mock Draft

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Green Bay Packers finally add first-round playmaking help in Todd McShay's post-Super Bowl mock draft.
The Green Bay Packers finally add first-round playmaking help in Todd McShay's post-Super Bowl mock draft. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Now that Super Bowl 57 is behind us, all 32 NFL franchises can officially turn their attention toward the offseason. One of the most important checklist items for each team is preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft.

ESPN insider and draft expert Todd McShay released his post-Super Bowl mock draft on Wednesday. The league and teams are beginning to get a defined picture of which route they want to take in the first round of April's event.

For the Green Bay Packers, McShay believes the franchise will finally buck the trend of avoiding playmaking talent in the first round.

Packers Mock Draft

McShay tabs the Packers to select Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer with the No. 15 overall pick. This would be the first time Green Bay selects an offensive skill player (WR, RB, TE) in the first round since taking WR Javon Walker back in 2002. The team did use their first pick on WR Jordy Nelson in 2008, but that pick didn't come until the second round.

As McShay and the rest of the NFL world knows, the Packers do have to think about Aaron Rodgers' future before making any sort of draft plans. Once again, they face the tough decision of Rodgers' future. Will they trade him? Will they cut him? Will he retire? Or will things return to normal like they did last year?

Mayer may not be a wide receiver like many Green Bay fans are hoping for, but he's got great pass-catching abilities and could immediately emerge as one of the team's biggest receiving threats. He hauled in 67 receptions for 809 yards and 9 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish last year, plus McShay refers to him as "the safest prospect in the entire class." The Packers also don't have an elite receiving tight end at the moment, so Mayer could add another dimension to the offense.

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