- The Green Bay Packers traded up to select QB Jordan Love out of Utah State with the 26th overall pick.
- None of the analysts predicted the Packers taking Love in the first round.
- Jordan Love had -280 odds to be selected past the 19.5 overall pick.
GREEN BAY, Wis. – On Thursday, in one of the biggest moves in the NFL Draft so far, the Green Bay Packers traded up to the 26th pick to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. While the move may have surprised many NFL fans, the move was still in line with prior NFL Draft Odds.
The Packers sent a fourth-round pick to jump up four sports and snag Love, who will become the heir to the cheese-head throne behind future hall-of-famer Aaron Rodgers.
While fans were shocked to see Love head to Green Bay, his actual draft position fell right in favor with what oddsmakers set right before the draft began.
2020 NFL Draft – Jordan Love Draft Position:
- Over 19.5 -280
- Under 19.5 +185
The Packers odds to draft an offensive player were also favored at -250. With three quarterbacks going in the first six picks of the 2020 NFL Draft, analysts expected Love’s name to be called last night, but certainly not by the Packers.
Rodgers turned 36 in December and is on contract through the 2023 season. Implying he plays for Green Bay until his contract expires, he would be approaching 40 on the back end of that deal.
This is a team in the Packers that just reached the NFC championship game. They are not looking to downgrade or make any moves for the moment at quarterback. Love simply adds some safety to their future plans. Their current Super Bowl betting odds are still strong with Rodgers under center.
Green Bay GM Brian Gutekunst told sources after the pick that while he did not consult with Rodgers regarding taking Love, he knows that Aaron understands the team’s situation.
“I haven’t connected with Aaron yet, but obviously he’s been through this and he’s a pro and it’s something that’s a long-term decision,” said Gutekunst. “The way the board fell, this was just the best decision for the Packers. Aaron has been around a long time, and he understands what we’re playing for.”
Before the draft, Rodgers was quoted about taking a possible offensive partner in the first round.
Whether or not Rodgers feels the same way now that his potential replacement is on the roster remains to be seen.
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