Twitter reacts to the Packers drafting Penn State QB Sean Clifford
To say the Green Bay Packers opened some eyes with its fifth-round draft selection of Sean Clifford would be a bit of an understatement. But the reactions were all over the place in the moments following the Packers adding Penn State’s all-time leading passer to the roster.
Penn State fans, players, and former players celebrated the news and felt good for Clifford, who was a role model representative of the program for the past six years. But those outside the Penn State family looked at the draft selection with a bit more of a critical eye, which may have been expected given the circumstances and draft outlook for Clifford, who many didn’t even know if he would be drafted at all.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to the Sean Clifford draft news.
Packers make the draft pick official
With the 149th pick in the 2023 #NFLDraft, the #Packers select Penn State QB Sean Clifford!#PackersDraft | @meijer pic.twitter.com/MZnLkOpRAZ
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 29, 2023
Maybe this was a bit of a surprise, but there was no question that quarterback depth needed to be addressed with the Packers this offseason.
Sean Clifford gets the call
What a moment. 💙 @seancliff14 pic.twitter.com/J0WIQO4BVe
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) April 29, 2023
Jaquan Brisker congratulates his new rival
Sean, nooooo! Lol congratulations @seancliff14
— Quanny B. (@JaquanBrisker) April 29, 2023
A year ago, Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker was selected in the draft by the Chicago Bears. Now, Brisker is a division rival of Clifford’s in the NFC North Division.
Drew Allar is excited for his Penn State mentor
LETS GO! https://t.co/7Og2fSbeJb
— Drew Allar (@AllarDrew) April 29, 2023
The offense is being handed off from Sean Clifford to Drew Allar this year. Allar was clearly excited for his veteran mentor getting drafted by the Packers. Is it too early for Allar’s draft watch to begin?
James Franklin reacts to the news
Congratulations Sean! You have represented Penn State & our football program with honor. We appreciate everything you have given to Penn State.#WeAre https://t.co/avsnvsebDu pic.twitter.com/YL5IbfpzSe
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) April 29, 2023
James Franklin served some time in his coaching career in Green Bay, so he can probably offer a few tips for Clifford as he gets settled into his new home in Wisconsin.
Mike Yurcich's reaction to the draft pick
@seancliff14 great to see all the hard work rewarded – you’ve earned it! Congrats! #WeAre pic.twitter.com/P8MSJtRRps
— Michael Yurcich (@Coach_Yurcich) April 29, 2023
Penn State offensive cooridnator Mike Yurcich was happy to see Clifford rewarded for his work ethic. Yurcich worked with Clifford for the past two seasons and was the only offensive coordinator Clifford had in back-to-back seasons during his time at Penn State.
Better than Will Levis?
No cap he’s better than Levis and he’s a Nati Boy/GCL boy. I expect greatness @seancliff14 https://t.co/D8nNJ2nBMY
— DeVier Posey (@DPo8) April 29, 2023
Former Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey sure seems to think so. If nothing else, it will be fun to keep tabs on each player’s NFL career moving forward.
Did the Packers see something nobody else did?
Sean Clifford big board ranks:
CBS Sports: Not Ranked / 400
PFF: Not Ranked / 400
The Athletic: Not Ranked / 300
ESPN: Does not have a draft profile
The Packers took him 149th overall…
— Daire Carragher (@DaireCarragher) April 29, 2023
The drafting of Sean Clifford is a bit of an eyebrow-raiser in the draft community. Clifford going ahead of some notable quarterbacks still on the board, like TCU’s Max Duggan, had some people wondering just what the Packers saw in Clifford that few others were seeing.
Clifford already helping to make NFL history
Sean Clifford is now the 11th QB drafted this year, tying the mark set in 1995 for the most QBs selected in the first five rounds in the Common Draft Era.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2023
Another former Penn State quarterback, Kerry Collins, was a part of that 1995 draft class, of course.