A three-star recruit coming out of high school was just drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. He played for a dangerous defense in Iowa and could potentially grow into a dangerous edge rusher at the professional level. The tools are there, can the Packers unlock his true potential?

Lukas Van Ness scouting report

  • Position: EDGE

  • School: Iowa (R-Soph)

  • Measurables: 6'5, 272 lbs.

  • Combine notes: 4.58 40 yard dash (10th fastest DE). Second fastest 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.

  • Where he wins: Interior strength and the ability to bull rush off the edge

  • Areas for improvement: Needs to fine tune his unrefined physical tools.

He was selected for the second team All-Big Ten even though he did not start a game in 2022. The fact he couldn't crack the Hawkeye starting defense is a touch worrisome but not enough for many scouts to grade him out as a first round talent.

Obligatory Lukas Van Ness Highlight Reel

3 facts you probably didn't know about Lukas Van Ness

  • A potential number-one overall pick for the next season of Netflix's Physical 100, his Iowa teammates had one nickname for the 275-lb dude with a six-pack: Hercules.

  • Is dating Chicago tight end Cole Kmet's younger sister. Which is very funny to me and only me.

  • He once went surfing in his graduation robe. Which is way cooler than it sounds.

How does Lukas Van Ness fit in with the X TEAM?

As a Packers fan, this kinda stinks. I hope he turns into a player worthy of the number 13 overall selection and he will certainly have opportunity to as Rashan Gary and Preston Smith will not be long for this Lambeau World. I wanted something more out of this pick however. Maybe, just maybe, a dude who started in college. This is making up for missing on Hawkeyes past.

Grade: D-

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