ESPN says Green Bay Packers won’t draft a quarterback early
Could the Green Bay Packers be looking to grab Aaron Rodgers’ successor under center early on in the NFL Draft this week? Don’t count on it.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers will not be taking a quarterback in the early rounds of the draft, saying that they will not roll with a signal-caller with any of their first three selections.
“The Packers won’t take a quarterback with any of their first three picks,” wrote Demovsky. “That means no Drew Lock, the Missouri star they had in for a pre-draft visit. Not at No. 12, not at No. 30 and not even at No. 44, if he were somehow to slip that far. Any quarterback taken in 2019 would probably hit free agency before Aaron Rodgers is done, so it’s not the time to select his heir apparent. The Lock visit was subterfuge, to borrow a word from GM Brian Gutekunst.”
That is definitely a strategy that makes plenty of sense, as Rodgers is just 35 years old and likely has a few good years left in the tank. Based on that, you would figure Green Bay, a team in win-now mode, would do whatever it can to draft impact players who are going to help Rodgers and the club as soon as possible.
The Packers are coming off of a disappointing 2018 campaign in which they went just 6-9-1, marking the first time since 2006 that Green Bay had missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
However, with Rodgers, a new, bright head coach in Matt LaFleur and an improved defense, the Packers should be in for a better 2019.