NFL mock draft 2023: Packers 7-round post-Combine projection with an Aaron Rodgers trade

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49. EDGE. LSU. BJ Ojulari. 2. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

Packers get Rashan Gary a mate on the edge with BJ Ojulari after Aaron Rodgers trade nets extra second-rounder

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the Packers pass rush start to change in a pretty dramatic way. Za’Darius Smith was let go, Preston Smith hasn’t been as effective, and now Rashan Gary has been asked to step into a much larger role moving forward. The opposite end, however, is undecided. That’s where LSU standout BJ Ojulari could come to the plate and hit a home run for this team with the pick given to Green Bay the Jets in the Rodgers trade.

Ojulari isn’t the most physically gifted player at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds but in terms of being a pass-rusher, he might be one of the best in the 2023 draft class.

Whenever he attacks, he not only knows how to beat his man with a great arsenal of pass-rush moves, but he has a bag full of counters that still allow him to win if Plan A doesn’t work. Putting a savvy rusher like Ojulari opposite of a physical freak like Gary could create the perfect combo for the Packers defensive front.

2. player. Pick Analysis. LB. Iowa. Jack Campbell. 49. Scouting Report

Jack Campbell answered big questions at the Combine and the Packers need him

Whenever he keeps his head on straight, 2022 first-round pick Quay Walker flashed a lot of talent in his rookie season, even if he was inconsistent. However, 2021 breakout star De’Vondre Campbell did take somewhat of a step back in his second season. Now the Packers need to be looking for a long-term answer to pair with Walker in the middle of the defense. And Jack Campbell might’ve proved he could be that.

Campbell’s film at Iowa is undoubtedly impressive. His football IQ is off the charts, he’s a sure tackler, and seems to play at adequate speed. The question was if the athleticism was lacking too much for him. While he didn’t wow anyone in Indianapolis, he simply passed the test with his numbers, including a sub-4.7 time in the 40. That’s huge for him and should solidify him as at least a second-round pick. Green Bay should be running the card in if he’s there at No. 45.

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