Packers select Jayden Reed in second round of 2023 NFL Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Chicago native Jayden Reed moves from one side of Lake Michigan to the other.
The former Michigan State running back was selected by the Green Bay Packers on Friday with the 50th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Reed was born in Chicago before moving to the suburbs. He first attended Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois before transferring to Naperville Central before his senior year. At Metea Valley, he played alongside Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne.
A three-star recruit, Reed chose Western Michigan over Toledo, Central Michigan and Miami (OH). In one season with the Broncos, Reed recorded 797 yards, including four games with 100 or more receiving yards before moving to Michigan State.
He was out for a year due to transfer rules at the time, but quickly established himself as one of Thorne’s favorite targets. He had a breakout season in 2021, amassing 1,026 yards on an average of 17.6 yards per reception.
Reed joins a Packers receiving corps that faced considerable criticism last season under manager Aaron Rodgers. With Rodgers’ move to the New York Jets, Reed will have a chance for a fresh start alongside Jordan Love.