What to know about Sean Clifford, Penn State quarterback and Green Bay Packers fifth-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft

Tom Dombeck
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
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GREEN BAY − With the 149th overall selection in the 2023 NFL draft's fifth round Saturday, the Green Bay Packers picked Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford.

The quarterback depth chart was bare following the Aaron Rodgers trade to the New York Jets this week so Jordan Love now has a backup beyond Danny Etling.

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL draft on Saturday.

Sean Clifford likely to be primary backup for Jordan Love

PackersNews.com analysis: It's always a good idea to have a young quarterback on the roster to develop so Clifford's role will be to learn the offense and back up the new QB1 in Love.

Height, weight, other measurables

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 211 pounds

Sean Clifford Penn State highlights

  • Threw for 24 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions in 2022
  • Rose Bowl Offensive MVP
  • Owns multiple Penn State career records, including passing yards (10,661) and yards of total offense (11,734).

Sean Clifford on the Packers

Clifford met the local media via conference call Saturday. Here are some highlights.

On conversations with Packers: "The conversations were great, especially once I went up for the top 30 visit. I just felt like the coaching staff, the people there, the town, it fit me really well and I'm really happy to be a Green Bay Packer."

On not getting an NFL scouting combine invite: "I was definitely a little bummed about the combine. I felt like my body of work was there ... but everything adds fuel to the fire." 

Packers' scout Milt Hendrickson on Sean Clifford

On Clifford: "Highly accomplished as a quarterback at Penn State. Think he just brings a lot of experience to our room and I think he's an upgrade to our overall roster that way."

On Clifford's role as backup: "Obviously it's to bring the intelligence this kid has and just being a really good fit in that room and our locker room as well. The kid's got some gamer to him, which we really liked. And his personality, when he was here (on the top 30 visit) really came through."

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s take on Sean Clifford

"Mobile four-year starter with desired NFL intangibles and leadership, but a lack of passing talent. Clifford will have his moments, but he doesn’t consistently deliver the ball with accuracy and timing. His arm strength falls below the mark."

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