If anyone knows how Aaron Rodgers feels in light of the Green Bay Packers’ 2020 NFL Draft, it is Brett Favre. He was in a very similar situation when Rodgers was taken by the team in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
The comparison was a very obvious one for many to make after the Packers took Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick. Love has a ton of arm talent and could develop into the third straight star quarterback for the franchise. He does not, however, help extend Rodgers’ career or help the team get to a Super Bowl this year.
“Obviously I’m not going to say I was thrilled by the pick, necessarily,” Rodgers admitted last month. “But I understand the organization is thinking not only about the present, but the future and I respect that. I understand their mindset and their focus. Obviously they thought he was a great enough talent that they needed to go up and get him.”
Rodgers and Favre had a very shaky relationship as teammates. The two have gotten much closer in the years after Favre’s retirement. He weighed in on how he thinks Rodgers is feeling after the shocking Love selection.
“I never got the sense that he was upset that they had signed a quarterback but more so didn’t get immediate help,” Favre said of Aaron Rodgers’ thoughts after the NFL Draft, during an interview with TMZ Sports. “And, it just sends the wrong message.”
The Love selection was just a piece of a puzzling draft by the Packers overall. The team is coming off of a trip to the NFC Championship, where a bad loss to the San Francisco 49ers revealed a serious need to playmakers around Rodgers. Instead, the team took a project quarterback first, in a draft littered with high-quality wide receivers. The team took Boston College running back AJ Dillon in the second round, despite being pretty well situated at that position as well, after Aaron Jones had one of the best seasons in the NFL at the position.
The offense has added a few pieces, but didn’t make the splash that many fans—and its starting quarterback—likely hoped.
Favre does have some ideas on how to have this pick pay off right away though.