Sean Clifford being chosen during the 2023 NFL Draft was one of the biggest surprises of the entire weekend, when the former Penn State Football quarterback went off the board in the fifth-round to the Green Bay Packers.
But, with his Nittany Lions career in the rearview, Clifford is now Packers quarterback Jordan Love’s primary backup, and taking part in the first practices of his NFL career.
The Packers this weekend released video of Clifford throwing his first passes during the team’s rookie minicamp:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 6, 2023
Green Bay clearly fell in love with Clifford during a pre-draft visit, on the heels of the former Penn State Football quarterback leading the Lions to a Rose Bowl victory back in January.
“It’s to bring the intelligence that this kid has and just being a really good fit I think, both in that room and then in our locker room, too,” Packers director of football operations Milt Hendrickson told reporters, via ESPN. “Because the kid’s got some gamer to him which we really like and his personality when he’s here really came through. And I just think he’s going to be a really good fit, the person as much as he is a player, too.”
Prior to being chosen No. 149 overall, Clifford completed 61.4 percent of his passes, across four seasons as a starter, for 10,661 yards with 86 touchdowns to 31 interceptions, while leading Penn State to New Year’s Six Bowl victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl.