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NFL Draft: Why Sean Clifford Green Bay Packers Visit is Big Deal

Sean Clifford is taking a top-30 pre-NFL Draft visit to the Green Bay Packers, according to multiple reports.

Clifford, who authored one of the finest moments of his Penn State Football career in his final start, the 2023 Rose Bowl Game, clearly has some fans in the Packers organization.

Teams are only allowed to host 30 prospects for official visits during the pre-draft process, so Clifford taking one of those coveted spots could be telegraphing significant interest on the Packers’ part.

Prior to Clifford’s visit to TitleTown, the Nittany Lions fifth-year senior previously visited the Baltimore Ravens, and took part in the New York Giants’ local pro day. Local pr0 day visits do not count towards a team’s allotment of 30 total visits.


Why the Packers may covet Sean Clifford

Presuming that Aaron Rodgers is ultimately traded to the New York Jets in coming weeks, the Packers’ depth chart at quarterback is going to be paper-thin for the upcoming 2023 season.

Jordan Love, chosen by the Packers in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft would be Green Bay’s presumptive starter, and he would have the first chance to audition to be the franchise’s quarterback of the future. But, behind Love, the Pack’s only other quarterback on the roster is former 2018 seventh-round pick Danny Etling.

Clifford is viewed by many inside the league as a sixth or seventh-round prospect, at best, and may even become an undrafted free agent.

However, after completing 64.4 percent of his passes in 2022 for 2,822 yards with 24 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions, Clifford could be appealing to the Packers as a developmental prospect behind Love. Likewise, Green Bay would be a destination where Clifford wouldn’t be forced into competing for a starting role immediately, and could learn behind Love in head coach Matt LaFleur’s scheme.

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