With the 149th pick in the 5th round of the NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected former Penn State football QB, Sean Clifford.
To say this was a shock is putting it lightly. This is not meant to be a knock on Clifford; however, I don’t think anyone saw this coming this early. Clifford ended his Penn State football career on the highest of notes leading the Nittany Lions to a 2022 Rose Bowl Championship.
He was the 11th quarterback selected in the 2023 NFL draft and now goes to Green Bay to compete for the backup job behind starting QB Jordan Love.
During Clifford’s 6-year Penn State football career he played through highs and lows. He was a great ambassador of the PSU brand and he put his toughness on display, especially during the 2021 season when he played through a rib injury.
In his career, Clifford set the following records at the QB position. He is the all-time leader in completion percentage at 61%, completions with 833, passing yards with 10,661, and passing touchdowns with 86.
He faced tremendous adversity during the 2022 season as whenever he made a mistake the fanbase would want Drew Allar to run onto the field. That pressure never got to Clifford, he continued to play his game. He ended his final season at Penn State with 2822 passing yards and 24 touchdowns against 7 interceptions.
He had a career performance against Utah in the Rose Bowl completing 16-21 passes, for 279 yards, and 2 touchdowns. He had this beautiful pass over the middle of the field to TE Theo Johnson.
Clifford was drafted this high because of his leadership and his high football IQ. He has played in 51 games during his college career and has seen many different defensive sets. During his Penn State football career, he worked under 3 different offensive coordinators. No one deserves to have his NFL dream come true more than Sean Clifford.