Nobody really expected the Green Bay Packers to pick Aaron Rodgers back in 2005, but when he fell to them at #24, Ted Thompson made the move that would shape the team’s future for years to come.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is hoping to find lightning in a bottle again after trading up from number 30 to number 26 in a trade with Miami to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. The Packers traded their fourth-round pick to Miami to move up to select Love.
Love is 6’4, 224 lbs and has the ability to be the Packers quarterback of the future. But he’ll have some time to watch and learn under Aaron Rodgers.
Love left Utah State a year early. He threw for 3,567 yards and 32 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 2018. Last year, his numbers dropped to 3,402 yards, 20 TD’s and 17 interceptions as Utah State struggled.
Gutekunst repeatedly said before the draft that if the right quarterback was available when they picked, he wouldn’t hesitate to make the move. Obviously, it wasn’t lip service.
With the trade, the Packers now have eight picks left, including single picks in the 2nd and 3rd rounds on Friday night.