On Thursday night, Green Bay employed the 13th overall selection to draft edge rusher Lukas Van Ness (Iowa). This pick was obtained through the trade that transferred Rodgers to the Jets earlier this week.
During the 2022 season, Van Ness was Iowa’s top performer, with 11 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Green Bay has chosen a defensive player in the first round. In previous years, they drafted linebacker Quay Walker and defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt, while cornerback Eric Stokes was their premier choice in 2021.
In addition to the 13th overall pick, the Packers received a second-round pick from the Jets as part of the Rodgers deal. It remains to be seen whether they will continue to bolster their defense with this upcoming pick.
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