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The Green Bay Packers have an ageing franchise quarterback and decided to select a quarterback in the first round. Sound familiar? I fell asleep on Thursday night, after having a busy day at work, the next morning I woke up to a bunch of texts, all of them (except my girlfriend wishing me a good morning) were about the Green Bay Packers and their first round selection. I didn't think anything of it until I found out the Packers decided to trade up in the draft and get a quarterback. Jordan Love, Utah State.
The Packers brass think Love has the potential at being the QB of the future. I’d heard very little of Love, but to be fair I’d heard very little of Rodgers back in the as well. The Packers are preparing life after Aaron Rodgers. GM's don't draft a QB's in the first round just for shits and giggles you know. There's a huge amount of expectations that come with being picked this high, sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t.
The Packers have people wondering why? Let’s face it, Rodgers is going to be 37 this year, has had some injury problems over the years and his production has fallen off a bit. To be fair though, Rodgers is working with an average receiving corp with one good receiver. It's clear that the Packers want to plan for the future. Who can blame them? This method has worked once before, why not again?
Love won't be the Packers starting quarterback for at least 2-3 years. That should give the Utah State product some time to learn and develop. Who better to learn from than Aaron Rodgers, right? Well, whether or not Rodgers will be a "mentor" or not only time will tell, but by the time Rodgers’ contract finishes he will be 40. He's hinted that he sees retirement creeping up in his career soon and it’s obvious the Packers don't want to play the waiting game.
How do I feel about this? Well I feel like the Packers should have gotten a wide receiver instead of a quarterback. The Packers biggest need right now is an extra weapon for ARod. It certainly doesn’t feel like they're in “win now” mode with this pick. I understand why the Packers drafted Love, I respect the long term planning, but it still doesn't make it easier for everybody involved. I mean the team was one win away from the SuperBowl last year.
At this point I couldn't imagine Rodgers not being a Green Bay Packer. It's hard to even think of him wearing a different jersey. Sure things will be awkward and a bit of a circus for a while, however, unlike many of my Packer comrades I have in the organization's decision making. They have already won me over with the hiring of Matt Lafleur as the team's head coach, its proved so far to be successful. Who knows, one day the clock could strike three times for the Green Bay Packers and Love leads us to the promised land.