The Green Bay Packers shocked almost everyone by selecting Jordan Love with the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers moved up t0 the 26th pick to select someone who looks like he will be Aaron Rodgers replacement at some point. The Packers are looking ahead to their future, but by doing that they have hurt the team for the next couple of seasons. Let's look at three reasons why drafting Love was the wrong choice.
Hitting on three straight quarterbacks…is extremely hard.
It's pretty clear what the Packers are thinking here, they already did it once with Brett Favre to Rodgers. A few years before their franchise quarterback retires they draft another one who they hope can fill in his spot. It worked going from Favre to Rodgers, but chances are not in their favor that it's going to happen again.
There is a chance it could always work, but what happens when Love takes over for Rodgers in a few years and struggles? They had Love sitting behind him for a few years and they will be in the same situation as if they would have just tried to draft someone the year after Rodgers hung it up.
What about Rodgers..and his feelings?
Rodgers hasn't publically commented on the Love pick, but he can't be happy. Even if Rodgers says to the media he is fine with the selection and takes the team-first approach, there is no doubt inside he can't be happy. Rodgers has said before he wants to play until he is 40, which is four years down the road. Will the Packers do the same thing to Rodgers that they did to Brett Favre by forcing him to play his last few years on a different team, like the Minnesota Vikings?
The Packers need playmakers
The biggest issue with this pick is the Packers need playmakers right now. Even if Love does work out, could they be salvaging Rodgers' Super Bowl window?
The Rodgers have a good team, but they are lacking a big-time wide receiver. If they were willing to trade up and give up a draft pick to select a quarterback, why wouldn't they throw in a couple more picks to try and get a wide receiver that could be a difference-maker?
The Packers have had Favre and Rodgers as the starting quarterbacks since 1992 and only have two Super Bowls to show for it. They are in a perfect window to win another one, but they decided to go for their future rather than try to win it now. It's a terrible decision that will be talked about for years to come.