Packers 2020 NFL Draft: Day 1 Analysis

Analyzing the Packers' approach to day one of the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Is Jordan Love the next Aaron Rodgers? The Green Bay Packers hope that is the case.

Before the draft, general manager Brian Gutekunst said he’d be aggressive. Well, not many people expected him to be this aggressive.

After a flurry of wide receivers came off the board, Gutekunst dealt the team’s 30th overall pick and a 2020 fourth rounder to the Miami Dolphins for their pick at 26. Instead of going receiver, with that pick, he made the most shocking selection of the night in Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

Immediately after the pick was announced, we all thought about the same thing. Aaron Rodgers. When Rodgers was selected in 2005, he faced an embarrassing night in the green room as he fell in the first round. Utah State’s quarterback received some love as a prospect, but he wasn’t in consideration at first overall like Rodgers.

The Packers clearly had a first-round grade on Love, perhaps he was their best player available. So, they made sure they got him.

 

MEASURABLES/COMBINE:

6'4" 224 lbs. 4.74 40 / 35.5 vert / 116" broad jump / 7.21 cone drill / 4.52 shuttle

 

Career Notes:

In 13 games last season, Love threw for 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and a 61.9 completion percentage. He set Utah State's single-season school records in both completions and attempts, while his passing yards were the second most. Overall, Love holds three Utah State records with 9,003 yards of total offense, 12 career 300-yard passing games, and four completions of at least 80 yards. His 8,600 passing yards and career passing attempts and completions are second in school history. Also, Love's 60 career passing touchdowns are tied for second.

 

SCOUTING REPORTS:

NFL.com

The Draft Network

 

What They’re Saying:

 “Love has ideal size, arm strength and athletic ability. He operated out of the 'gun at Utah State and was very fluid and smooth in his setup. He throws from a variety of platforms and arm angles. The ball jumps out of his hand. He is at his best on skinny post drive throws and over-the-top deep balls. His decision making was very concerning this past season. He forced too many balls into crowds and didn't ever give up on a play -- to a fault. His supporting cast wasn't very good, but he still fell into too many bad habits. He uses his athletic ability to escape and extend plays, but there are occasions when he fails to climb and reset his feet. Overall, Love is a raw prospect who will need some time to develop. There is risk with him, but the payoff could be huge.” -Daniel Jeremiah NFL.com

“Love is a case study in traits vs. production. He has the traits scouts love (arm strength, mobility, big-play mentality), but he threw 17 interceptions in 2019. No matter which team drafts him, Love is a sit-and-develop type quarterback, not a rookie starter. He must work on cleaning up his decision-making while also growing into a professional quarterback after coming from a conference where his arm strength and athleticism were good enough to win. Love is a major boom-bust prospect who could end up being the best quarterback from the class or a journeyman backup.” -Matt Miller Bleacher Report

“Love is high-quality clay. He has elite arm talent, he has height and size and he’s athletic enough to be a threat on run options and get away with pressure, but he hasn’t yet been molded to resemble a starting-quality NFL quarterback. It’s almost as if his memory has to be erased and he has to relearn how to play the position with NFL coaching and more talent around him. We’ve seen this type of project fail before, but we’ve also seen more mature quarterbacks with fewer tools fiddle with mediocrity for their entire careers. Love won’t be ready to play right away; he’ll need a year or two. There is a large risk factor associated with drafting Love and it’s not one I’d be comfortable taking in the first round, though he may be a worthwhile gamble on Day 2 or 3.” -Ted Nguyen The Athletic

 

Other options on the board:

Most, if not all of the receivers with a first-round grade were gone. However, Green Bay still could have picked from the likes of Tee Higgins, Denzel Mims, or Michael Pittman Jr. If they wanted to go defense yet again, inside linebacker Patrick Queen was selected two picks later by the Baltimore Ravens. Green Bay also could have bolstered their defensive line with a guy like Ross Blacklock or AJ Epenesa. 

 

Why they went with Love:

According to Gutekunst, it was the best decision for the organization to select Love. 

It’s the classic case of low risk-high reward. Love is not expected to be the starter anytime soon, and his talent is evident. He’s got the size, speed, and arm talent to be a great pro, eventually. However, he is still very much in development. 

Down the road, he could be the Packers starting quarterback and it appears Gutekunst hopes that is the case after raving about him during his post-draft conference call

“He’s a very natural thrower, can make all the throws. He’s a very good athlete, he has the size we look for. There’s some rawness to him, but we feel like he has everything in front of him,” he said.

Gutekunst added that he hadn’t spoken to Rodgers yet about the pick but said, “he’s a pro” and believes the future Hall of Famer will conduct himself like one. 

Meanwhile, it’s no secret Green Bay didn’t get any closer to a Super Bowl following this selection. With six rounds remaining, let’s hope they continue to surround QB1 with more talent so the Lombardi trophy can return home sooner rather than later.

 

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Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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alinger84's picture

April 24, 2020 at 06:11 am

Low risk, high reward?

It's more like high risk, high reward.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:04 am

Yes, I'd certainly say that trading up to jump over teams that seemed very unlikely to draft a QB is a high risk move. The only possible justification is that they prevented someone else from jumping over them. That requires the ability to predict the future to say definitively. Maybe it would have happened, maybe not.

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optimisticfan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:38 am

Gute has earned the rep of GM who aggressively looks to move up in EVERY first round. I don’t like selecting Love in the first round and really don’t like the move up. I don’t hate taking him at some point, but were the Titans really going to take him or the Patriots going to move back up to leap GB? Having the courage to wait till 30 at least was the risk that should have been taken. This is definitely high risk.

I posted in Al’s “Whispers and Predictions” story about my unsettling feeling that Gute would squander some draft capital reaching. It seems that way. The true value or detriment of this pick will be decided in 3 years but in 1 year this could really put the organization in a bind when they don’t have enough quality players to replace 2021 FAs and stay under the cap.

I am guessing that the CAP is not majorly going to be increased in the next few years in the middle of a (hopefully short lived) economic recession (despite past cap rumors). That is the risky gamble Gute just took and we might get burned by it.

Also we passed on either
1) possibly moving back (if another team was willing) to gain highly valuable picks

Or at 30 taking:
2) Jeff Gladney (CB)
3) AJ Epenesa (OLB/DL)
4) Josh Jones (OT)
5) Clyde Edwards-Helaire or JK Dobbins (RB)

Looking forward to seeing if Gute moves back up into the 4th or moves up in the 3rd. I would bet he makes 2 more moves (1 down and 1 up). Hang on and keep your arms inside the ride!

All that said I am naturally optimistic (though also realistic) and still hope the selections this year pan out. I’ll support the Packers regardless. Go Pack Go

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:00 am

"I don’t hate taking him at some point, but were the Titans really going to take him or the Patriots going to move back up to leap GB? "

Perhaps the Patriots were going to try and trade back up to get ahead of the Packers?
Perhaps the Colts were going to try and trade up? Maybe the Lions were going to? One never knows for sure.

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murf7777's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:41 am

Very true RC....I’m one who thinks if you are convinced this person has great potential to become a franchise QB you go for it. Drafting in the bottom of the first round year after year normally doesn’t provide you great opportunity to land QB. No one person (Arod) is greater then the franchise. If Arod can’t handle it then that’s his problem.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:49 am

If you love a player, you have to go get them.
I"m not saying that I love him, but I see why he did it.

The way I look at it, this is a guy who they will have for 4-5 years. So even if Rodgers plays 4 more years they have the 5th year option for Love and can make a move at that point.

Or maybe it happens sooner?

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NickPerry's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:52 am

It was said the Colts wanted him...I say LET the Colts have him. Gute just handed Rodgers $134 million contract a short while ago and NOW drafts a man who can't and won't help GB win NOW.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:52 am

I had heard that as well.

One way he helps now is if Rodgers gets hurt.
Look I'm not a fan of the move but if Rodgers gets hurt and is out for 6 games. Perhaps Love can help win them 3-4 of those games and the season won't completely be lost? For now that is the hope.

I still question this move if they are more worried about Rodgers, whether its with his shoulder or whether they think he can or can't stay healthy for an entire season?

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Packerpasty's picture

April 24, 2020 at 11:47 am

trade Arod to the Patriots, he's gotta be tired of the crap this organization has been surrounding him with recently anyway...then we'll see how smart of a move this was...

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April 24, 2020 at 12:38 pm

I find that comment hilarious, since the patriots haven’t given Brady crap for years either. Part of the reason he left I would guess

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:38 am

The only way this makes cap sense is if they trade Rodgers and clear a ton of cap space at the end of the year. Unlikely, but not impossible.

Josh Jones should have been the pick.

I like Epenesa but I think he is a 4-3 DE at the pro level.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm

There were good players at 30. Two CBs who would have been instant starters in our nickel and the RB the Chiefs took.

I wonder if the Chiefs are planning on running more and passing less?

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Boneman's picture

April 24, 2020 at 06:42 am

Everybody is comparing this to when Rodgers was picked but they are not even similar. Rodgers was considered by many a number one pick in the draft. Love was never that, always considered a 'project'. Even teams that desperately need a QB passed on him. Think NO's and NE. Classic 'smartest guy in the room' syndrome from Gute. Make no mistake, this isn't about the organization, it's all about his own legacy and the NFL trash heap is piled with the corpses of GM's that pull these types of moves.

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murf7777's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:44 am

There is some comparison because 23 other teams didn’t think that about Aaron. Am I as stoked about this like I was 15 years ago with Aaron, NO, but if there is a position to take a high risk on its QB.

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marpag1's picture

April 24, 2020 at 02:38 pm

My, my, but that's ever so dramatic.... what, with legacies and trash heaps and decomposing corpses and such. And the irony is that, yes, all of this wild and uncharitable speculation about Gute and his monstrously huge ego IS EXACTLY what everyone said about Ted when he made possibly the greatest draft choice in Green Bay Packer history. But sorry, the bottom line is you don't have the slightest clue what Gutekunst was actually thinking, and you act like it's completely unreasonable to imagine that maybe Gutekunst just thought the kid can play.

That's dumb. Look, if Gute's wrong, he's wrong. But why are you dreaming up false motives?

Seriously, why?

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murf7777's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:46 am

Couldn’t have said it better

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Razer's picture

April 24, 2020 at 06:42 am

Sorry - I am disappointed with this selection. Packer's penchant to use high picks on projects hasn't really helped this team in the past and this pick certainly doesn't help the Packers in Rodgers run. Like Ted, Brian seems to have a need to be seen as a "diamond-in-the-rough" hunter. Maybe they have plans to remap Love into a TE or OLB - the Packer way.

The worst part is - we panicked and moved up. I am not sure who in front of us was going to take Love but trading up didn't look necessary. I was truly hoping that we would trade back. Love probably would have still been there - sigh.

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splitpea1's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:09 am

Trading up wasn't necessary at all. The Dolphins already took a QB, and the Seahawks and Ravens weren't going to take one either. We've taken a lot a good players in the fourth round over the years. Even if Love turns out to be a good player, I don't like this decision at all. This team has too many other needs right now, short-term and long-term, especially with salary issues coming up.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:30 am

Gute has given up (3) 4ths in 3 drafts. And a 3rd. That's 4 opportunities to add cheap depth to the team. At least one or two should be "hits".

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April 24, 2020 at 07:34 am

I would add that the salary cap issue that are on the horizon are in large part due to the spending spree that Gute has had. That was done because they had to add legit players. Because they didn't draft enough legit players. It's a team-building model that amounts to circling the drain. There will be water for a while but eventually it all goes away.

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:03 am

Colts and other teams are trading up as well, it is not just the teams between you and that pick, you have to worry about teams behind you jumping up, Carolina, and the Colts

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murf7777's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:45 am

Panicked, don’t think so, there are multiple teams in the begging of the 2nd that might move up to take Love.

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splitpea1's picture

April 24, 2020 at 03:06 pm

Let them have him--I'd rather get the multiple picks so we can improve the rest of our team.

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:08 am

Aaron Rodgers was a project, he even said he was not ready to start, watch Rodgers mechanics at Cal, not even close to the same now

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April 24, 2020 at 10:21 am

Rodgers was pretty shaky early on, but he was ready to play after two years on the bench. I guess we’re hoping the same is true with Live.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 06:48 am

If you trade up in the first round to take a QB, he better be the starting QB in the future. This is an all in move by Gutey.

This pick to me says a few things. It says that they are looking to build for the future. It also says that they think Love will be the next Rodgers. IF he is the next Rodgers, this will go down as a Great move. If not, this could be the beginning of the end for Gutey.

But one question I have with this move, do they feel that Rodgers throwing shoulder is in worse shape then we know? We have all said it this last year. He did not look the same. His normal throws were off a lot. Yes he had his normal Rodgers throws that only he can make, but how many throws were at guys feet or off by yards. Is there a real concern there? Concern enough that they had to find his replacement?

Hopefully we now will use these next picks to take some great players that we need.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 24, 2020 at 06:59 am

"If you trade up in the first round to take a QB, he better be the starting QB in the future. This is an all in move by Gutey."

Gute had the balls to say that it was too early to put that distinction on Love. I'm not one that much cares about words in a presser. But don't spit on my head and then tell me it was just the rain. I may not know as much as about player eval as professionals. But some things are too obvious to try to deny

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:16 am

He can say what he wants, but action speaks louder then words.

For me though I am just wondering what all factored into this pick. Are there concerns about Rodgers? Was it purely the fact they think Love is the next Rodgers? Do they feel that the roster is strong enough to take the QB of the future?
There are a lot of questions about the pick. Unfortunately we won't know for 3-5 years how good Love is.

Tonight hopefully we can get a WR. Maybe an OT or ILB also.

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PeteK's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:22 am

He was in the room when TT did it and now Love will have two yrs to learn and develop.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:57 am

2 years * Or more...

He will have 5 years to be under contract. Rodgers is under contract through 2023. That is 3 more years for Rodgers. One would have to assume he will be on the roster for the next 3 years, and then Love will have 2 years left on his rookie deal to make that decision.

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Razer's picture

April 24, 2020 at 06:49 am

Maybe this God's way of punishing us for chortling at the annual Bears draft gaffes. I guess our shit stinks too.

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PackfanNY's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:11 am

So you know that Love can’t play and he is the next Mitchell Trubisky?

Or maybe we can wait to see how the pick works out first?

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:44 am

The bears also mortgaged their future for Mack, hindsight not smart. They did not pick last night because of it.......and now stuck with Trubisky

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April 24, 2020 at 07:07 am

I am not a big fan of this pick but it does make me think. I wonder how Love would have rated if he played on Alabama or LSU. Tua was throwing to Jeudy and Ruggs while Burrow had Jefferson and Chase, all 1st round wrs. Love had little talent around him so his numbers were not good. However he has a big arm, is very mobile, and makes some incredible throws. We may look back and see this as a genius move. At least I hope so;)

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April 24, 2020 at 07:17 am

You give me hope. Thanks

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arthurl's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:08 am

Definitely thought they might select Love and he was mocked in some drafts even being taken earlier. The talent is there and sitting behind Rodgers for couple seasons will help his development. Rodgers was great at Cal, but he had some things to clean up with his throwing motion and his footwork from what I recall. MM and others worked with him and by his 3rd season, he was ready. This guy could become a good player just watching and learning.

I suspect they were thinking another team was gonna jump them which is why they moved down couple spots. Giving up a fourth isn't end of the world in my opinion.

It's a pick we will have to wait a bit to see what happens, but overall I like it.

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April 24, 2020 at 07:15 am

hey BG..... FU

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April 24, 2020 at 07:22 am

Guter moved up to get DeShone Kizer 2.0. Makes me long for the days of Teddy sleeping through Rd. 1.

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April 24, 2020 at 11:50 am

I'm with you..another "look I'm the smartest man in the room" move...

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April 24, 2020 at 07:22 am

I'm going to have to start thinking seriously about this question: Will it ever be realistically possible to trade ARod, and if so, when, who, in return for what, etc.

Not sure I've ever thought seriously about that before. I will now.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:38 am

2022 look at Rodgers cap hit the dead money is 17.25 million. Love sits for 2 years and learns and Rodgers gets traded in 2022. Too soon to know anything for sure obviously but that's how it looks.

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 10:10 am

Not for 2 years...

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Mike Rossmeier's picture

April 24, 2020 at 07:28 am

I watched the film. The Packers should be drafting that Mariner who was catching most of Love's thrrow.

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April 24, 2020 at 07:35 am

Thought I would checkout the video highlights provided at the top of the article. Not sure if it is my dust colored glasses but, for all the arm talent, Jordan Love throws a lot of soft balls. Highlight reel is full of under-thrown passes. Give me strength.

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April 24, 2020 at 07:38 am

Reminder - even though Rodgers eventually turned out to be a legacy pick, the Packers never sniffed the SuperBowl in the 3 years after he was drafted.
We'll never know what could have happened if they had given Favre another top weapon.

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April 24, 2020 at 08:27 am

They made it to the championship game and lost in OT.

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April 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm

They made it to the championship game and lost in OT.

Yep, and it had nothing to do with wasting a pick on Rodgers that could of helped elsewhere. It was just farve being farve. The reality is one pick won’t break this team. 1 pick like Rodgers( hopefully Love) can make this team for a decade. I’m ok with an occasional swing for the fence. It’s certainly paid off in the past for us.

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April 24, 2020 at 07:42 am

For those whom so not like this pick, this is one example why I have wanted this kid for months. I think he is the best QB talent in the draft. Also Tua and Burrow had ridiculous supporting cast, never had to deal with this. Watch his offensive lineman WHIFF

Watch "Jordan Love! Throwing a receiver open!" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/PCfjlllFgoQ

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April 24, 2020 at 07:43 am

I'm not an A-Rod apologist. I've questioned his leadership/relationships with his pass catchers for years now. He has had some major injury issues since 2015. Nagler is right when he says Rodgers is one concussion away from being done. All of that said, I'm not in love with this pick. What this says to me is the Packers are at least three years away from a Super Bowl, and that is if Love pans out. They would have to hit it out of the park with the rest of this draft for anything different to happen. I just don't see it playing out that way.

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April 24, 2020 at 07:47 am

My first reaction was shock and disappointment. My second response was Gute picked the QB to perpetuate excellence at that position, not now but sometime in the future. It’s possible looked at the Patriots and what happens when you don’t have a plan of succession. This time the perceived smoke screen about interest in Love was in fact real. As for Rodgers reaction I think you have to take him at his word that plans to play for several years and that he doesn’t think anyone will beat him out as the starting QB. Keep calm and carry on.

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April 24, 2020 at 07:47 am

The GB front office is the laughing stock of the NFL, has been for years and BG takes it to a new level. way to go Dirtbag.....

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April 24, 2020 at 07:52 am

The "cannon arm" only shows in very small sections of tape , many many incompletions were short and soft. Not a fan of this pic when we could have had Queen , Mims or Blacklock....instead we spent a 1st and 4th on an interception machine.

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April 24, 2020 at 08:35 am

He forced throws last year, his O line was a mess and really no weapons, lots of tight window stuff, because he has to be spectacular for Utah St. to win. I would like to see Love throwing to Ruggs and Jeudy with a clean pocket and 7 seconds to throw.......

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April 24, 2020 at 11:57 am

wait a min...doesnt this sound like what is going on with Arod?? I thought the Pack was going to get him some help...but no....oh well, it was a fun run last year, won't happen again for awhile my opinion...

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April 24, 2020 at 01:17 pm

No, Rodgers had the best pass protection in the league last year.

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April 24, 2020 at 08:01 am

While this pick surprised me as much as others here on the board And we live in an instant gratification, win now mode. The reality is a strong company that wants consistent winning must also balance that instant gratification with an eye into the future. This move speaks of the future. I applaud Gutey for having the foresight of protecting the Packers future.

For those worried about Aaron’s feelings, get over it, this is big business and nobody is bigger then the franchise. For those who say why now and not 3 years down the road. You never know if you get an opportunity at that perfect timing so the smart GM’s takes their chance when opportunity presents itself. Nothing is certain in life but one thing is close to being certain, if you don’t take chances you probably won’t be successful.

The reality is nobody knows for sure if Love could be the next Mahomes or not.

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April 24, 2020 at 11:54 am

the next Mahomes....insulting to Mahomes.....and yes...the NFL is pretty much "win now" mode especially when you have Rodgers who you just paid enormous amounts of money too...yup, "win now"....give the guy some weapons instead of what many scouts and experts say is among the worst WR/TE group in the NFL...oh right, guys on the roster are going to make the fabled third year leap into stardom...bah...wasted pick and lost 4th round pick..."smartest man in the room syndrome" inherited from Terrible Teddy...the rich got richer yesterday the Pack spun their wheels backwards...

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optimisticfan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:21 am

Moving forward,

Here’s hoping some of these players are available:

2nd) Laviska Shenault Jr, Denzel Mims, or Lucas Niang

3rd) Logan Wilson, Prince Tega-Wanogho, Matt Peart, Leki Fotu, Davon Hamilton, Donovan-Peoples Jones, Darnell Mooney

Some of these guys will go higher in their rounds. Looking forward to Gute moving up higher in the 3rd. That is a move up I can get behind. Still have faith in GB’s scouts. Hope they secure more gems like Jenkins (rather than players like Burks)

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April 24, 2020 at 08:11 am

Yes I'm pissed, disappointed, shocked, but I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. The teams in the Playoffs all got better or at least drafted a player who can probably help them this year. The Packers didn't do that.

Minnesota got the WR I wanted in Jefferson...That pick makes me sick!
SF got the 2nd best D-Lineman in the draft and a CB who I'm sure can help in at least dime defense THIS year.
The Saints draft one of the better interior linemen in the entire draft.
The Cowboys though not in the playoffs have a starting WR group of Cooper, Gallop, and now CeeDee Lamb.

I'm trying to flip this in the MOST positive way I'm able. This SHOULD light a fire under Rodgers ass and put the BIGGEST chip ever on his shoulder. Love had 8 new offensive starters and a new coaching staff so I'm not looking at his 2019 season as a huge decline. He had WR running the wrong routes all season and O-Lineman who couldn't pass protect. If there was the perfect landing spot for the QB named Love, GB was it.

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April 24, 2020 at 08:45 am

There are so many weapons left, Pittman, Mims, Gibson, Donovan Peoples Jones, Shenault, swift, Taylor, this a deep skill position draft. I doubt Jefferson lights the world on fire as few rookie pass catchers do.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 24, 2020 at 09:11 am

While on paper it looks like they improved lets go through a few of the picks with a different spin on it.

Minnesota got Jefferson. While he looks like the real deal, will he step in and be as good as Diggs? Likely no.
49ers took Kinlaw. While he is a top rated prospect lets not lose the sight that DL is one of the hardest positions to come in and play well at for a rookie. Is he better then Buckner. No.
49ers took a WR with there 2nd pick not a CB.
He is a guy that can help them this year. No doubt. But at the same time, the Packers can still find themselves a Receiver that can pick.

Packers drafting Love will light a fire under Rodgers, but it does provide some protection if Rodgers gets hurt. And lets be honest with ourselves. Rodgers is getting older and he has been getting more hurt lately.
If Rodgers were to miss some games, Love might be able to keep us afloat in that stretch. We will see.

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Pierre's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:13 am

This move is puzzling in that it doesn’t help the Packers win NOW!
Rodgers on contract for 4 more years. Needed defensive ILB, DL or a top flight WR to help AR. They either think Rodgers is seriously declining in skills to compete at the ‘Mahomes’ QB level for a SB or there is a rift between AR and LaFleur that is significant and AR will be out of GB in 2 years in a like manner of Brady.
Pack should not have also given up a 4th to get a none team need in the 1st round.

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April 24, 2020 at 08:16 am

It's almost impossible not to compare this to when they drafted Rodgers. Not saying it will turn out the same, but we got a rookie with raw abilities who can develop while Rodgers finishes his last term with the team. Oh that kills me to say it. It was a risk but if it pays off is a pick essential for the packers future success. Now let's fill those roster holes for this year in day 2 and 3 of the draft. Go pack go

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PeteK's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:36 am

and who better to learn under for two years than Rogers.

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stockholder's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:22 am

Writer after writer said," selecting a Qb would be the worst thing Gutey could do." Writer after writer! Comment after Comment! Love wasn't the best QB on the board. His drop was expected!! This was not a "FOR THE FANS PICK." This Doesn't Help the Locker room in any shape or form. It's brought questions to Green Bay instead!!!! It's distracted the players from going all in," Win at all Costs." The problem now isn't Love. IT's Gutey! It's Sabotage in my opinion. The players and the fans just got hosed. Improvement just left Lambeau! Controversy has come to Green Bay. The Power push is obvious. Rodgers days are numbered. The Roster is the only thing that matters now. WE no longer have to call Mr. Rodgers, Mister. IT's #12! Gutey just fired the shot heard around the NFL. #12 is No longer a super star. Fear him No more. Change has come to Green Bay. The game is No longer important.

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PeteK's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:40 am

No, we're used to this because we went through it already. Rogers will still be playing at a very high level for two more years.

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Lphill's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:45 am

You are right Stockholder I have been getting nothing but down votes since Gute refused to get help in free agency for the run defense, Nagler will pat Gute on the back like the rest of the staff , he is proving that winning today is not important, passing on Patrick Queen is a blunder , i have been calling for a Rodgers trade to the 49 ers or Pats so he can get a second ring because it’s not gonna happen in Green Bay .

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stockholder's picture

April 24, 2020 at 10:03 am

Last year it was Wilkins. Then they keep these WRs Frustrating Rodgers more. He' s a professional. But we haven't talked to him yet. How much writing on the wall do people need. Gutey Wants his salary. Guteys star is In The land of Free Agents and he knows it.

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t-wrecks's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:35 am

Idk what is going to be worse, another first round pick to make our bench better, or having to listen to all the packer experts act like this was an incredible pick

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Lphill's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:38 am

The CheeseheadTV homer’s are gonna evaluate this and convince us what a great pick , Gute is a genius, 49 ers , Vikings , Eagles all took players to help win now , we got a QB project, Patrick Queen who was the number 1 rated inside linebacker against the run. Oren Burks won this round because he is the Packers starting inside linebacker, Gute is a mistake and has not only set off QB drama for the media but passed up an opportunity to help the run defense now , way to go Gute. A complete joke .

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:55 am

You are essentially doing the same thing saying you are convinced all the players taken by other teams helps them win now?? Rookies do not help win now. They just don't. Also about half of the first rounders will not get second contracts.

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Art's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:44 am

Initially I was surprised at the pick, after moving up expected they might take Queen the LB from LSU, but a good GM( like any business leader) must be disciplined enough to look at the big picture and the teams future not just a short sited approach. Besides there is no guarantee that any of the other picks mentioned are no miss picks. There is no such thing but seems some fans assume that their favorite is a can't miss. We have been blessed to have had 2 HOF QB's back to back in Favre and Rodgers. I am old enough to have suffered thru the 20 years of pain prior to Favre and our ascension back into a top notch winning organization. Yes surrounding players are needed but this is still a QB driven sport , more so now than before so when a QB prospect comes available that you can draft, develop and have ready the GM most have the guts to pull the trigger. Again no guarantees that this will work but that's what makes the draft what it is. Would you rather wait til Rodgers is injured or retired and then scramble to try to find a replacement that can step in immediately and be a winner? And would a QB of that skill be available that year at that slot in the draft?
We want to continue to win with Rodgers so we have a high draft position and future top QB's will be gone to teams drafting ahead of us, where do we get the next QB? Gute and the scouts are professionals that do their jobs everyday, have much more information and knowledge than all of us put together, lets trust them and sit back and enjoy.

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PeteK's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:50 am

I was shocked ,but I'm not going to panic. we have seen QBs develop when given time especially when sitting behind a talented veteran. OK back to business, I still think a 2 mill investment on a veteran, quick, slot type WR like Gabriel is the way to go. He caught 67 passes in 2018 with Trubisky at QB.

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Harold Drake's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:54 am

Packers' fans should read the following critique of the Jordan Love pick. In my view, it's exactly on target:

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2888381-packers-nonsensical-decision...

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 09:05 am

Brad Gagnon is not a scout, he is journalist but also puts a lot of provactive click bait out there

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4zone's picture

April 24, 2020 at 09:04 am

I'm not sure WR is in the future for us. OT and Do may suck up our day 2 picks. I think losing that 4th round pick is gonna hurt. Maybe Gute tries to package some lower picks to try to get back up there. ?????

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Bure9620's picture

April 24, 2020 at 09:07 am

They have the ammo

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ImaPayne's picture

April 24, 2020 at 09:45 am

Don't know much about him. Have to rely on the experts who pretty much said WTF? This guy was on no one elses radar so why give up a 4th and why move up as if someone else may grab him. I though for sure they were moving up for Queen the highly rated ILB who was still on the board or a tight end.
If I thought the Gary pick last year was mind boggling this one tops it.
They interviewed this guy for a minute and he didnt come accross as a rocket scientist thats for sure.

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April 24, 2020 at 11:56 am

Agreed. In the past two drafts He got Jaire, savage, and Jenkins. Otherwise his drafts have been garbage. Past record does not look promising for the future but we’ll see

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April 24, 2020 at 09:48 am

Dang....I didn't like the Gary pic last year and i sure as hell don't like this pic. If you're going to move up and throw a fourth round pic away, get someone that will help you right away. Patrick Queen was sitting there. And Love is not without his flaws or guaranteed to be the next great GB QB. Gutekunst has been a disappointment as GM in my opinion.

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Turophile's picture

April 24, 2020 at 03:31 pm

You need to let this play out. At this point Gute's decisions on Gary and Love are an unknown. they could still be gold, and they could be trash, too soon to tell.

Queen was certainly a more plug-and-play guy, but the picks of Gary and Love show that LaFleur and Gutekunst have a more long-term approach to roster management.

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Demon's picture

April 24, 2020 at 11:56 am

I have to wonder where Murphy was in all of this. That decision last night basically told the Packers fans that they will not win another SB with Aaron Rodgers.

I would have expected Murphy to ask Gute just how the team was going to improve this season. I dont believe that anyone thinks that the team has improved at all this offseason.

I personally havnt seen that AR skills have eroded to the point that he is incapable of winning another super bowl.

I fear Gute really messed this one up badly! Just like TT always building for 5 years down the road.

I wish there was a member of the press somewhere who actually had some balls. Somebody needs to ask Gute why he did not attempt to upgrade 1 position of the starting lineup on a team that was 1 game from the SB.

Regardless of what happens the rest of the draft, Gute gets an F for the whole offseason.

Ted Thompson still haunts Green Bay!

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Brandip's picture

April 24, 2020 at 11:33 am

Good pick up. Win now vs. future. I understand the needs of the 2020 team. I look at the Patriots. Tom Brady's back up was Jimmy G. Patriots wanted to win now, and let Jimmy walk. Brady and Jimmy are both not playing for the Patriots. Would it have been so bad to have Brady walk and let Jimmy validate their draft? Insert Rodgers and Love in this equation. I only hope that Love is the QB of the future. I understand that there are holes in this years roster with players in the draft to help in those positions. Do you honestly think this one draft pick will deter the Packers from winning this season? We have not had a solid back up since Matt Flynn. I for one appreciate this pick because I never want to see another back up come in and perform the way Hundley did.

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April 24, 2020 at 11:54 am

Nothing against Love but this is about the worst pick they could make based on team needs. 2 years in a row they take a player in a position where they can be only a backup with their first pick of the draft. gute needs to go but like thompson it will take years for them to realize it. I have been a packer fan since 1964 and i am ready to choose another team to follow. what do you do when they continue to screw up the draft and mismanage the teams personnel. When does the CEO take any responsibility Its so frustrating to see this for several years in a row. TED is finally removed 3 years too late and now TED Jr strikes 2 years in a row.

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AgrippaLII's picture

April 24, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Goof could have had this guy at #30. I won't fault him for the player he took...I fault him for getting antsy, jumping the gun, and squandering a fourth round pick.

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wildbill's picture

April 24, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Wow, Two years in a row our first pick will not start for us. Having been a Packer fan since the early 60s I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen this before from us. I’m confused as not all first round picks pan out, at least you normally plan on them contributing very soon. Was sure a buzzkill and still in shock. Still time to get some upgrades in the draft but my enthusiasm has taken quite the hit. Go Pack Go!

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April 24, 2020 at 01:09 pm

Totally disappointed in this pick, plus it had a cost!...The Pack was just in the NFC championship game...Aaron Rogers deserves better!!!...I am a big fan of the GM, but this was a wasted pick for 2020

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stormin's picture

April 24, 2020 at 03:34 pm

What a bunch of ignorant cry babies, rookie wide receivers rarely contribute the first year, Queen got man handled many times against strong offensive linemen ! This was a wise pick to take, maybe could be used as trade material even if they chose. There was no one there that would help right away, they can get the same players in round two !

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Packerpasty's picture

April 24, 2020 at 08:07 pm

I tell ya whats rarer than any of that, this kid contributing anything for 3/4 years...two years in a row now mr G has wasted a first round pick...excellant job...and how do you know none of the players there would be of any help??? The rich got richer yesterday and the Packers didn't...so your fine with mediocre football for the next bunch of years...plus I bet this kid doesn't want to sit for three years when he could have gone somewhere and been either a starter this year or next...bah...sugar coat it all you want it was stupid.

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Lare's picture

April 24, 2020 at 03:53 pm

On the bright side, the Packers will probably have a better (lower) draft pick next year. And another poor draft will be one year sooner to get rid of Gutekunst. He lives for "Let's Make a Deal" , the Packers need a GM that just does what he can to help the team win games.

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leche's picture

April 24, 2020 at 05:30 pm

All the analysis you need:

- Most Packers fans hate the pick
- Most Vikings fans are happy the Packers made the pick
- Most Bears fans are happy the Packers made the pick
- Most Lions fans are happy the Packers made the pick

This math isn't that hard guys

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April 24, 2020 at 07:38 pm

Rodgers won’t be traded since no team will take on the contract. Good analysis. Packers have done a great job of wasting qb talent so even if love is the real deal I don’t see it making a difference. They had many opportunities to be in win now mode but it’s always about the future. Funny Brady goes to Tampa Bay and their all in. Packers do what they do think of the future which has brought them two Super Bowls in 25 years with two hall of fame qbs. I get the pack are thinking life after Rodgers but they are also the ones that wasted his prime so love in my opinion doesn’t have much of a chance.

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April 24, 2020 at 08:09 pm

Love is probably pissed he can't go somewhere and either start this next season or in one year...now he sits and holds a clipboard for 4 years...I hope Rodgers demands a trade from this strange organization...

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Difer's picture

April 25, 2020 at 08:16 am

A-Rod and J-Lo at quarterback for the Packers. What's not to love?

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