Hindsight is 20/20, but the Packers’ disastrous 2020 draft is almost certainly what put them in their current predicament. The team won 13 games in the previous season, yet they spent their first two picks on players who didn’t provide any value. Not only that, they actually traded up to select quarterback Jordan Love in the first round, who didn’t even serve as the team’s backup last season. Trading up for a first-round quarterback with Aaron Rodgers on the roster felt foolish at the moment, and it feels even more foolish after Rodgers won his third MVP award and has stated that he won’t play for the team in 2021.
That said, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that things didn’t have to play out like this. GM Brian Gutekunst reportedly tried to trade up for Justin Jefferson and hoped to select Brandon Aiyuk only to see both players come off the board. Of course, it’s easy for Gutekunst to make these statements after the fact. The 2020 class was extremely deep at wide receiver, so he still could’ve used a draft pick on someone like Tee Higgins instead of trading up for Love. This is clearly his attempt to save face after the franchise quarterback has reportedly demanded his firing, so take anything he says with a grain of salt.
The Packers are currently listed at +1700 on FanDuel Sportsbook to win Super Bowl LVI, but those odds would plummet with anyone but Rodgers under center.
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