Green Bay Packers Expected To Target Offensive Weapon After Aaron Rodgers Trade

The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets finally got the deal done. After more than a month of negotiations, Aaron Rodgers will officially play in New York in 2023. The trade landed Green Bay a nice haul for the 2023 and 2024 NFL Drafts. According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, the Jets and Packers have agreed to terms, leaving the Packers with a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and pick swap, moving Green Bay to No. 13 overall. The Jets will also send a conditional first-round pick to the Packers in 2024.

According to Tom Pelissero with the NFL Network, Rodgers will sign a revised contract with the Packers to help the team’s cap space. The deal will be finalized before the Draft. This is an excellent deal for the Packers. They are getting much-needed 2024 and 2023 NFL Draft picks for Rodgers and a deal on cap space. That’s precisely what the team needed. In total, this is what the trade looks like:

New York Jets Received: 

  • QB Aaron Rodgers
  • 2023 First-Round Draft Pick (No. 15 Overall)
  • 2023 Fifth-Round Draft Pick (No. 170 Overall)

Green Bay Packers Received: 

  • 2023 First-Round Draft Pick (No. 13 Overall)
  • 2023 Second-Round Draft Pick (No. 42 Overall)
  • 2023 Sixth-Round Draft Pick (No. 207 Overall)
  • 2024 First-Round Draft Pick (If Aaron Rodgers plays 65% of the snaps in 2023)

Who Can the Packers Target At No. 13 of the 2023 NFL Draft?

Packers Expected To Target Offensive Weapon in 2023 NFL Draft

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) is tackled on a kick return by Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback TaRiq Bracy (28) during the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports - Green Bay Packers

The Packers leapfrogged the New England Patriots, who pick at No. 14 overall. The Patriots have a big need at the wide receiver position and are a possible landing spot for Jaxon Smith-Njigba if he falls to them at 14. Smith-Njigba would fit seamlessly into the Green Bay Packers offense with Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs. According to Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork.com (via Twitter), the Packers are hoping their leap from No. 15 to No. 13 will make it “easier to secure” Ohio State wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Despite playing alongside 2022 first-round picks Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, Smith-Njigba managed to haul in 95 receptions for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021. Smith-Njigba expected to take another step in 2022 as the top receiver on the depth chart. However, he dealt with a lingering hamstring injury, limiting him to only three games and five catches. Coming into the 2023 NFL Draft, he figures to be the top wide receiver prospect in the draft and someone the Green Bay Packers would love to have.

Other Possible 2023 NFL Draft Round 1 Targets

Other possible targets for No. 13 overall could be tight ends Michael Mayer or Dalton Kincaid, who would give QB Jordan Love another safety valve. Or the Packers could trade back and target a different WR like Zay Flowers, Jordan Addison or Quetinin Johnston.

If the Packers use the pick a defensive player first in the 2023 NFL Draft, keep an eye on names like Georgia's Nolan Smith or Iowa's Lukas Van Ness, both of whom had extraordinary showings at the NFL Combine.

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