Packers GM Brian Gutekunst wouldn’t pass up drafting a QB
The Green Bay Packers fell short of making the Super Bowl and now have their sights on the 2020 NFL Draft. Despite having Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay’s general manager Brian Gutekunst says that the Packers wouldn’t pass up drafting a quarterback.
“Obviously, he’s still playing at an elite level, but for me, I was raised by Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson, if there’s a quarterback we think can play, that’s a starter in the National Football League, we’ll never pass that up,” Gutekunst said via Sports Illustrated.
For the second straight season, Rodgers had a disappointing year by his usual standards. The 15-year veteran finished the season with 4,002 yards, 26 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Additionally, Rodgers completed only 62 percent of his attempts (his lowest mark since 2015).
While his numbers were noticeably down, Rodgers was in his first season in Matt LaFleur’s offense. The Packers GM shared how he though Rodgers performed under LaFleur in 2019.
“I thought Aaron had a really, really good year, especially adapting to a completely new system,” Gutekunst said. “There were times he had to carry us, and I thought he did that. I think this was one of the years we had a team that didn’t always have to rely on that quite as much. I think he’s still playing at an elite level.”
Even if Rodgers is still playing at an elite level, Gutekunst realizes that he’s not getting any younger. Therefore, a quarterback could be in the cards for the Packers in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Back when Green Bay selected Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft, they had Brett Favre as their starting quarterback. Of course, Rodgers wouldn’t become the starter until three years later and everything worked itself out. Now, over a decade later, the Packers may be using the same tactic.