Green Bay Packers Aug 19, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers helmets during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers made a surprise pick on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft and those in the NFL world had a field day. 

The Packers used the 149th overall pick on former Penn State Nittany Lions QB Sean Clifford. The 24-year-old Clifford had a respectable five-year career at Penn State but wasn’t exactly seen by most to have a future in the NFL. A four-year starter, Clifford started all 46 games for the Nittany Lions from 2019-22 and earned honorable mention All-Big Ten three times, and was named the 2023 Rose Bowl offensive MVP.

While the Packers had previously brought in Clifford for a Top 30 visit, most draft projections had Clifford as a borderline Day 3 selection, with a possibility of going undrafted altogether. Very few, if any, analysts saw Clifford going before the seventh round.

Now, he’ll join a Packers quarterback room that includes just two quarterbacks – Jordan Love and Danny Etling – following the Aaron Rodgers trade. Clifford, who happens to be the same age as Love, 24, now has the inside track to serving as his backup. Though, the Packers would be wise to bring in a veteran quarterback, no matter how high they are on Clifford.

The NFL world absolutely roasted the Packers on social media.

About Sam Neumann

Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.