Despite having Aaron Rodgers under contract through the 2023 season, the Green Bay Packers selected Utah State QB Jordan Love at pick No. 26. The tall, strong-armed prospect will have to wait his turn for at least a couple seasons.
Patient dynasty owners should be the only ones considering Love in the immediate future. Even still, selecting Love will only result in a waiting game.
The Pack have a dynamic offense under Rodgers and this move, as controversial as it may be, gives Green Bay plenty of time to groom their successor. Most of the knocks on Love were his raw upside so they'll be able to groom away.
It was thought the team might pursue a WR here or an offensive lineman to give Rodgers either more weapons or better protection to make plays. Neither path turned out to be the case as the Packers are playing the long-game.
Love comes to the NFL with size (6’4” and 225 lbs.) and a strong arm. He’ll make easy deep throws with a flick of his wrist. At times, he has a looker feel as he waits for a player to break open. I expect him to have success if given time to throw and surrounded by talented receivers. His decision making and reads need improvement while owning some concern with his accuracy.
Green Bay Packers stats to know
- Over the previous two seasons, Aaron Rodgers passed for 51 touchdowns, which is barely over the league average for the QB position (24.9 passing TDs was league average in 2019).
- Rodgers had thrown fewer than nine interceptions in each of his past nine seasons (only six Ints over his previous 32 games).
- Aaron Jones tied Christian McCaffrey for the most touchdowns (19) in the NFL while seeing his opportunity (285 touches) almost double from 2018 (159).
- Davante Adams led the Packers in receptions (83) despite missing four games. No other WR or TE had over 38 catches.
- Green Bay allowed the second-fewest number of catches (158) to the wide receiver position with nine teams gaining fewer than 140 yards.
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