The Green Bay Packers are coming off a 13-3 season that ended with a loss in the NFC Championship Game, so it goes down as a great success in Matt LaFleur’s first season as head coach.
He surely has some good years left, but Aaron Rodgers is not the elite quarterback he once was and he will turn 37 during the 2020 season. So it is time to consider the future without him under center, probably much to his chagrin. He’s also under contract through 2023, so there may not be a great sense of urgency to find Rodgers’ successor in this year’s draft.
It is worth noting that Brett Favre was younger (35 years, six months and 13 days) when the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005 than Rodgers will be when this year’s draft starts on April 23 (36 years, four months and 21 days).
But no less an authority than general manager Brian Gutekunst suggested drafting a quarterback is always on the table. He also pointed to what he sees as a deeper than usual crop of signal callers in this year’s class.
The Packers have the 30th pick in the first round, so they are not in prime position to draft Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert unless they make a significant trade up.
The Packers last drafted a quarterback in 2015 (Brett Hundley), and the last time they used a Day 1 or Day 2 pick on a quarterback was in 2008 (Brian Brohm).
Let’s assume the Packers stay put in the first round, and possibly look to Round 2 or Round 3 to take a quarterback. Here are three quarterbacks they should consider taking in April’s draft.