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Green Bay Packers on Jordan Love: He was the ‘next guy on our board’

May 29, 2020

The Green Bay Packers shocked the NFL universe when they selected Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL draft. With plenty of juice remaining in Aaron Rodgers’ right arm, the decision to go with Love instead of a playmaking wide receiver came under fire.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur spoke with ESPN Radio in Wisconsin recently and confirmed that Love was simply the best player left on their draft board.

“It was just one of those situations where there were a couple guys targeted that had just previously been picked,” LaFleur said, “and Jordan was the next guy on the board, and so we went with the best player at the time.”

It’s an interesting spin by LaFleur, who’s essentially saying that Love wasn’t necessarily too good to pass up; instead, he’s saying Love was just the ‘next guy’ on their big board. If another prospect had ranked higher, it’s safe to assume Love wouldn’t be a Packer. Right? Eh.

Maybe LaFleur is taking this ho-hum approach to appease Rodgers, who’s known for being a pretty high-maintenance personality. If Rodgers takes LaFleur at his word, he shouldn’t be offended by the pick. The Packers, according to LaFleur, didn’t target a quarterback.

Here’s the problem with what LaFleur is saying: the Packers traded up for Love, and that act — an overt act to move up for Love — doesn’t jive with the best player available theory. Instead, it suggests Love was too good to let slip away.

Rodgers is a smart guy. He’ll read right through what LaFleur is saying, and that isn’t a good thing for the Packers’ locker room this year.

Will any of this matter in 2020? Probably not. This is Rodgers’ team, at least for one more season. But all bets are off once the 2021 offseason begins. There’s a chance we will be watching Rodgers’ final lap in Green Bay in 2020.

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