Probably the most criticized strikes of the 2020 NFL Draft got here when Inexperienced Bay traded up 4 spots within the first spherical to pick out Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.
The transfer got here as a shock not solely to Cheeseheads in all places, but additionally the NFL at giant: Why choose the inheritor obvious to Aaron Rodgers when he and the Packers are nonetheless gifted sufficient to make a Tremendous Bowl run?
But regardless of all of the opinions, debates and rumors surrounding the choose, one one who was conspicuously silent on the matter was Rodgers himself. Till Friday, when he appeared on CBS Sports activities HQ to debate Inexperienced Bay’s choice.
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“And I feel, common response at first was shock, like many individuals,” Rodgers stated. “Clearly not going to say that I used to be thrilled by the choose essentially, however I perceive: The group is considering not solely in regards to the current, however in regards to the future. And I respect that. I perceive … their focus and their mindset, and clearly they thought that he was such a fantastic expertise that they wanted to go up and get him.”
“Common response at first was shock. I’m not gonna say that I used to be thrilled by the choose.” – Aaron Rodgers on the Packers’ collection of Jordan Love pic.twitter.com/QbaDEKaslM
— CBS Sports activities HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) Could 15, 2020
That is about the most effective response Rodgers may give within the state of affairs, particularly contemplating how eerily it mirrors his personal choice within the 2005 NFL Draft. Former Inexperienced Bay quarterback Brett Favre was 35 on the time; Rodgers is 36. Love has already spoken with Rodgers as nicely, saying the Packers nice congratulated him on his choice.
That stated, it does not change the actual fact many Packers trustworthy really feel the group has did not correctly help one of many league’s all-time gifted quarterbacks. The Packers solely chosen one pass-catcher within the 2020 draft — a decent finish — in what has been described as among the best receiver lessons in latest reminiscence. Furthermore, Rodgers has solely thrown one landing to a receiver taken within the first spherical of the draft.
Solely time will inform if the Packers made the proper determination to construct towards the long run, somewhat than deal with their current.