Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Green Bay Packers Post-Draft 2023 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the Green Bay Packers in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Most improved: Nowhere

This is an all-out rebuild, regardless of what the Packers want to call it. That doesn't mean they won't be better at some spots by the end of the season, but you can't be better right now at quarterback going from Aaron Rodgers to Jordan Love, or at receiver after losing Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb, or at tight end after losing Robert Tonyan and Marcedes Lewis. Even on defense, the addition of first-round pick Lukas Van Ness makes the Packers better at that spot only if Rashan Gary comes back from his ACL, and that date is still TBD.

NFL.com -- Rank: 19

It's Jordan Love's show in Green Bay now. And while the Packers can't help themselves when it comes to drafting defensive players in the first round -- they made it eight out of 10 years with the selection of Iowa defensive end Lukas Van Ness -- team brass also made a concerted effort to help their young QB in his maiden voyage across the NFL. The team used its pair of second-round picks (one of them acquired in the Aaron Rodgers trade) to add Oregon State tight end Luke Musgrave and Michigan State wideout Jayden Reed before taking another TE -- South Dakota State product Tucker Kraft -- in the third round. This has the feel of a developmental year for the offense, a reality that will put more pressure on the defense to play at a high level.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

The Jordan Love era begins as Aaron Rodgers is gone to the Jets. Love flashed last season, so they have to be excited to see where he can go. Their draft was loaded with pass catchers who will help him.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

As they employ an almost entirely new set of personnel for the passing game, maybe Green Bay will do what it should have done last season — run the ball extensively and play hard-nosed defense.

The Athletic -- Rank: 20

Draft takeaway: While cornering the market on prospects whose names start with L-U-K, the Packers managed to surround Jordan Love with some security blankets (tight ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft, wide receiver Jayden Reed) while fortifying the defensive line with Van Ness in the first round.

Hype man: They're going to rename the Ewing Theory the Rodgers Theory after this season is over. The NFC North is there for the taking and Love is just the guy to do it.

De'Vondre Downer: Lambeau Field means too much to the history of the game for it to be denigrated by Sean Clifford being allowed to play quarterback on its hallowed grounds.

PFF -- Rank: 18

The Packers did not make many moves during free agency while trading away their starting quarterback and losing a large chunk of their receiving corps. The team has a lot of targets to replace on offense, so Musgrave is a solid addition, as is wide receiver Jayden Reed.

First-round pick Lukas Van Ness flashed rare strength for a young defensive lineman prospect and can contribute to a defense that has invested so many resources with little tangible improvement. If Van Ness can produce early, it could be particularly beneficial as Rashan Gary recovers from a torn ACL.

All in all, this looks like a long-term, developmental class from Green Bay.

PFT -- Rank: 21

Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers were 14-15, combined, in their first starting seasons in Green Bay. So a rocky season for Jordan Love won't rock the Packers' future with him, unless 2023 is a total debacle.

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