An NFC North team just traded up to draft a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But it wasn’t the Chicago Bears.
Here’s the scoop:
The Green Bay Packers just pulled off the shocker of the 2020 NFL Draft, trading the 30th and 136th overall selections to draft Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.
Love is one of the most athletically gifted quarterbacks in this class. And two years ago, he was a breakout performer for Utah State. But his touchdown numbers went down, interceptions went up, and his prospect status was in the air (indeed, there was a time when Love was believed to be a potential top-15 pick in this class). More recently, however, there was a belief that Love could slide out of the first round altogether. And he almost did until the Packers surprisingly moved up.
So in an unexpected twist of fate, the Packers just gave Aaron Rodgers the Brett Favre treatment. Because now, it will be Rodgers as a 36-year-old quarterback working against the clock while a talented understudy learns sitting behind him on the depth chart. Awkward.
Perhaps, more importantly, the pick doesn’t help the Packers get better immediately and it costs them draft capital in the process.
I’ve liked Love a lot, in part, because I am a sucker for athleticism and raw arm talent. So with that being said, I have mixed feelings about this pick. Could Love tear up the scene in a few years after taking some tutoring from coach Matt LaFleur? Sure. Could he become DeShone Kizer 2.0? That’s a possibility, too.
There are no certainties in the draft. But I do know the Packers quarterbacks meetings just got ridiculously interesting as the master now gets a pupil … who will be aiming to challenge him in a few years.