Did the Packers draft Jordan Love too soon? | The Tylt
Did the Packers draft Jordan Love too soon?
The Packers were one game away from the Super Bowl in 2019. All they needed to improve was a linebacker to shore up the defense or a receiver to take the pressure off of Davante Adams to produce. What does the team do? They trade up from the 30th pick to the 26th, giving up a valuable fourth-round selection, to get a quarterback most people agree is a project. Green Bay still has one of the greatest quarterbacks ever on its roster, by the way. The team could have waited until the 30th pick to get him without having to give up a draft pick.
Planning for the future is one thing, but panicking for it is another. Jordan Love has talent, but you don't draft a project in the first round and you especially don't trade up for it. Patrick Queen, one of the highest-rated linebackers in the draft was still available and that could've helped the Packers defense immensely.
The Packers messed this up.
Tylt sports editor Dan Tran talks with New York Daily News writer Charles McDonald about the Giants and Jets strategy at the NFL Draft and play a little game of Pro Bowler/Starter/Bench with this year's draftees.
Green Bay fans need to R-E-L-A-X. Remember the last time the Packers drafted a quarterback in the first round to replace a future Hall of Famer in their mid-thirties? It was Rodgers and that worked out pretty well for them.
Yes, Aaron Rodgers is still an elite quarterback, but there's nothing wrong with looking forward to the future. He's four years from 40 and the team needs a strategy to win when Rodgers retires or chooses to leave. Jordan Love is a few adjustments away from being the next great quarterback and those don't around often. If the opportunity is there, you have to take it.
It's not like there aren't other opportunities for the team to improve in this draft. The team has picked great wide receivers in the second round (hello, Jordy Nelson and Greg Kennings) in the past and there are more chances in the draft to make the squad better right now.
People are thinking checkers, but the Packers are playing chess.