2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #13

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Green Bay
Lukas Van Ness



Old habits die hard as GM Brian Gutekunst continues to build on the defensive side of the ball. Lukas Van Ness fits so much of what the Packers look for in the draft. Van Ness is a high-motor performer in a premier position with a 9.39 RAS.

Van Ness, who had 46 pressures last year despite never starting a game at Iowa, has the versatility to contribute as both a defensive end and stand-up pass rusher. With the nickname "Hercules," Green Bay will be hoping Van Ness can improve a run defense that allowed 5.0 yards/carry last season. He can earn early reps as Rashan Gary returns from an ACL injury while projecting as a long-term option to replace Preston Smith.

Grade: A

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