One of the most criticized movements of the 2020 NFL Draft came when Green Bay negotiated four positions in the first round to select Utah state quarterback Jordan Love.
The change came as a surprise, not just for Cheeseheads everywhere, but also for the NFL in general: why choose the apparent heir to Aaron Rodgers when he and the Packers are still talented enough to make a Super Bowl?
Despite all opinions, debates and rumors Around the pickaxe, one person who was visibly silent on the subject was Rodgers himself. Until Friday, when he appeared on CBS Sports HQ to discuss the selection of Green Bay.
"And I think the general reaction at first was a surprise, like many people," said Rodgers. "Obviously, I'm not going to say that I was necessarily touched by the choice, but I understand: the organization is thinking not only about the present, but the future. And I respect that. I understand … their focus and mentality, and obviously they thought that he was such a talent that they needed to go up and get him ".
“The general reaction at first was a surprise. I will not say that I was thrilled with the choice. "- Aaron Rodgers in the Jordan Love selection for Packers pic.twitter.com/QbaDEKaslM
– CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) May 15, 2020Advertisement
This is the best reaction that Rodgers could have given the situation, especially considering how frighteningly it reflects his own selection in the 2005 NFL Draft. Former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre was 35 at the time; Rodgers is 36 years old. Love has already talked to Rodgers also, saying that the great Packers congratulated him on his selection.
That said, it doesn't change the fact that many Packers' faithful feel that the organization has failed to adequately support one of the talented quarterbacks of all time in the league. The Packers selected only one pass-catcher in the 2020 draft – a tight end – in what has been described as one of the best receiver classes in recent memory. In addition, Rodgers only played a touchdown for a receiver in the first round of the draft.
Only time will tell if the Packers made the right decision to build for the future, instead of focusing on the present.