Today, former Penn State football quarterback Sean Clifford was drafted 149th overall by the Green Bay Packers and will now compete with Packers QB Jordan Love to be Aaron Rodgers’ replacement.
Penn State football QB Sean Clifford drafted by Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers passed on former Penn State QB Will Levis in the first and second rounds of the draft, ultimately selecting Sean Clifford in the fifth round. Clifford, who played for Penn State from 2019-2022, holds every passing record for the Nittany Lions, including career yards, touchdowns, and wins (33).
As a first-year starter, Clifford led Penn State to an 11-2 record and a top-10 finish with a win over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. In his final season, he led the team to another 11-2 record and a Rose Bowl victory over No. 8 Utah.
While Clifford has the potential to succeed in the NFL, his consistency has been a concern throughout his college career. If the Packers can help him overcome these issues, they may have secured one of the draft’s biggest steals.
Twitter reacts to Green Bay drafting Sean Clifford
Penn State football quarterback Sean Clifford’s selection by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the draft has garnered a lot of attention and discussion from fans, media, and more. Here are some of the reactions and comments about the pick:
CLIFF IN THE FIFTH! ?
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) April 29, 2023
The moment QB Sean Clifford found out he’s heading to Green Bay ?
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2023
— Sean Clifford (@seancliff14) April 29, 2023
Sean Clifford gets drafted in round 5 by the Green Bay Packers. pic.twitter.com/5efRkRwBtB
— Hardcore Penn State Football (@HardcorePSUFB) April 29, 2023
Juice Scruggs' pre-draft message to NFL teams on Sean Clifford:
"Draft him. That's a guy that you should not pass up on. Whoever gets him is getting a steal. … He doesn't complain. He comes in, works, and makes sure everybody else is good, too. He's just a leader at heart." https://t.co/b6qFESPSxU
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) April 29, 2023
This is the year. Sean Clifford has improved so much under this new offense. He’s focused. He’s having fun. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a dark horse for the ROTY Award!
— Derek P (@DPoydence) April 29, 2023
?NITTANY LION ➡️ NFL?
QB Sean Clifford has been drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th Round (#149 overall) of the NFL Draft! Congratulations Sean and best of luck at the next level! #WeAre?⚪️ pic.twitter.com/TiWJkyy83v
— Penn State Talk (@PSURecruitTalk) April 29, 2023
Did not see this coming.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2023
Seems like a good time to relive Sean Clifford's 5️⃣ favorite @PennStateFball plays.
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) April 29, 2023
Sean Clifford was added to be a big brain in that QB room.
Was told he is one of the smartest football minds in this class.
Will add a ton of value Monday-Saturday helping to get your young QB ready.
He was not drafted to ever be a starter IMO.
— Jacob Morley (@JacobMorley) April 29, 2023
Aaron who?! Sean Clifford is now the mayor of Green Bay Wisconsin. https://t.co/xSt7wDQfW5
— Penn State FB Thoughts (@PSU_FB_Thoughts) April 29, 2023
Sean Clifford’s reaction to getting drafted. Couldn’t be happier for the guy.
— Francis Mizner (@MiznerFrancis1) April 29, 2023
SEAN CLIFFORD TO THE PACKERS
— PSU Everything (@PSU_Strong) April 29, 2023
Sean Clifford, the Packers new rookie QB was born on July 14, 1998.
Jordan Love, the Packers fourth year QB was born on November 2, 1998.
Clifford is over three months older than Love.
Love was drafted in 2020 ? pic.twitter.com/KCrEP5FSmD
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) April 29, 2023
Packers director of football ops Milt Hendrickson here to chat the last three picks.
On Penn State QB Sean Clifford: “He’s played in big games. That kid coming into the environment in Lambeau, it’s not gonna be too big for him … We got him in a good spot where we valued him.” pic.twitter.com/9lh92VG5mU
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) April 29, 2023
Sean Clifford beating out Jordan Love is gonna be a movie
— Hannah Miller (@hannahhmillerr_) April 29, 2023
Haven’t seen enough people talking about how Sean Clifford was a higher draft pick than Tom Brady
— Caroline (@_supcaroline) April 29, 2023
Rich Eisen on NFL Network: “The Packers select quarterback Sean Clifford, which means somewhere Jordan Love is pissed and he’s gonna request a trade to the Jets.”
— Matt Reynoldson (@Matt_Reynoldson) April 29, 2023
Sean Clifford can take off in the run game too. Always fascinating when he turns on the jets from time to time. pic.twitter.com/YQbwvgzFW2
— Steve Helwick (@s_helwick) April 29, 2023
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