Packers’ Matt LaFleur: Jordan Love was ‘next guy on the board’ after other targets had been drafted


It’s a topic that’s not going away anytime soon, if ever, and mainly because it’s eerily familiar to a movie the NFL has seen before. In the 2020 NFL Draft, with a dire need at other positions such as wide receiver and with a slew of talented wideouts there for the picking when the Green Bay Packers went on the clock with the 26th-overall pick, the team opted to instead select quarterback Jordan Love out of Utah State. The decision left the entire league utterly slack jawed, and immediately ushered in memories of when the Packers selected Rodgers with the 24th-overall pick in 2005, when Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre was himself enjoying the title of Wisconsin’s Teflon Don.

Seriously, it’s all too familiar, and that’s why Favre — who now has a healthy friendship with Rodgers roughly 15 years after a not-so-great start to it –believes Rodgers might finish his NFL career elsewhere. Speaking to Rodgers following the move, Favre noted how upset Rodgers was as the Packers decision to draft QB competition instead of weapons to help extend his career and increase chances of him winning a second Super Bowl, but head coach Matt LaFleur has an explanation.

It’s not one anyone will probably believe, though. 

“It was just one of those situations where there were a couple guys targeted that had just previously been picked and Jordan was the next guy on the board,” LaFleur told ESPN Radio in Wisconsin, via ProFootball Talk. “So we went with the best player at the time.”

So obviously, this begs a handful of questions.

The most prevalent being how’d Love end up being graded so highly that positional valuation never came into play, because it’s one thing to go with your BPA (Best Player Available), but it’s quite another to do so blindly with a still-capable future Hall of Famer present and tapping his foot waiting for a grab at a skill position. In clear need of a lethal complement to Devante Adams, and with Rodgers coming off of a 13-3 season wherein he threw for 4,002 yards and 26 touchdowns with only four interceptions, it’s difficult to interpret the Packers’ decision to select Love.

LaFleur is standing by the move though, while proclaiming his and the organization’s relationship with Rodgers is far from fractured. 

We talk four times a week whenever we get those opportunities to meet in those individual meetings,” LaFleur said. “And I feel really good about where we’re at. We both understand that this is a business.”

While Rodgers himself is publicly toeing that line as well, those behind the scenes, particularly Favre, rabidly dispute that notion. It would make sense the 36-year-old would feel slighted, and time will tell how it all shakes out, but what began as an offseason of promise for a Packers team who suddenly looked just a couple pieces shy from returning to the Super Bowl has devolved into one marred with questions about Rodgers’ future with the team.

LaFleur got his best available player in the draft, sure, but might find himself at odds with the best player on the team because of it.





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