Twitter reacts to the Packers selecting three Big Ten players
While the Green Bay Packers did not select any Wisconsin Badgers in this year’s NFL draft, they did take a pair of players that many Badger fans will be very familiar with.
It started in the first round, as the Packers selected Iowa linebacker Lukas Van Ness with the No. 13 overall pick.
Overall, the Packers took three former Big Ten stars, including a player who had a game-winning catch against Wisconsin last season. The third? A quarterback that Wisconsin fans will remember well from his days in the Big Ten East.
Here is a look at the Big Ten talent they selected and how fans reacted on social media:
First round, No. 13 overall: Linebacker Lukas Van Ness from Iowa
Iowa Hawkeyes defenders Joe Evans (13) Lukas Van Ness (91) Seth Benson (44) and Kaevon Merriweather (26) celebrate a safety against Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum during a NCAA non-conference football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Packers went Big Ten with their first selection. Iowa linebackers are usually a good bet.
Second round, No. 50 overall: wide receiver Jayden Reed from Michigan State
Oct 15, 2022; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Jayden Reed (1) catches a touchdown pass in spite of Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Ricardo Hallman (2) in a second overtime period to win the game, 34-28, at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports
Reed had a game-winning catch in overtime against Wisconsin last season. He now heads to the Badger State.
Fifth round, No. 149 overall: quarterback Sean Clifford from Penn State
Oct 1, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) looks to throw a pass during the fourth quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Northwestern 17-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
Clifford was a mainstay at Penn State throughout his career, and led the Nittany Lions to a number of marquee wins. The Packers are in need of a backup quarterback and may have found one in Clifford.
Van Ness is headed to the Packers:
Coming 🔜 to Lambeau:
LUKAS VAN NESS #PackersDraft | @meijer pic.twitter.com/vf29DASH9S
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 28, 2023
No scam here for Reed:
New #Packers wideout Jayden Reed said the phone call from Green Bay came up as "scam likely" but he answered anyway.
— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) April 29, 2023
Wisconsin sports fans already know this all too well:
Jayden Reed threw a TD pass and caught the game winning TD pass in a game against Wisconsin.
"I'm a big play guy, I make special catches in big time moments and I'm looking forward to doing that in the National Football League." #Packers #NFLDraft
— MJ Hurley (@mjhurleytdt) April 29, 2023
Clifford is headed to Green Bay:
The moment QB Sean Clifford found out he’s heading to Green Bay 💚
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2023
Clifford with a message for Packer fans:
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) April 29, 2023
Reed is now headed to the Badger State:
Newest #Packers WR Jayden Reed tore up #Wisconsin this season in Michigan State's 34-28 OT(x2) victory in Lansing
9 rec 117 yards & TD + even THREW a 25 yard TD strike #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/9fGKyi02Ca
— Cody Krupp (@CodyWKrupp) April 29, 2023