Aaron Rodgers had to wait three seasons before usurping Brett Favre as the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback, and his replacement may be in for a similar succession plan.
That is if GM Brian Gutekunst isn’t just blowing smoke ahead of the 2020 NFL draft.
“Sure,” Gutekunst told reporters Friday when asked if he’d take a quarterback with the No. 30 selection. “You guys have heard me say this before. Everything I’ve been taught, that’s where you start — you start with the quarterback. So, you evaluate them every year, and I think it’s always on the table.
“It’s a good crop this year. It’s a good group of quarterbacks. I think it’s a little deeper than it has been in the past. It will be interesting. But yeah, sure.”
There sure is firepower, with several mock drafts projecting five quarterbacks to be taken in the first round.
Rodgers was one of three quarterbacks selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 draft, a time when Favre was 36 and teasing retirement (he left after the 2007 season, but played for the Jets and Vikings).
At 36 himself and prepared to play into his 40s, Rodgers still is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league after having fell just one game short of making the Super Bowl.
Of course Gutekunst, as a Green Bay scout in 2005, saw firsthand the tension that came from the Packers picking Rodgers while Favre was still in town, but said he doesn’t fear the same should he take the franchise down this path again.
“Oh, I … no. I think Aaron wants to win, and I think that’s the most important thing to him,” Gutekunst said of Rodgers, whose relationships with teammates has been scrutinized in the past. “So, and he knows we’re trying to make the best decision for the football team going forward. So, I don’t worry about that. With all players — you can’t control that. Players get happy and sad about all kinds of things. So, I’m not too concerned about that.”
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