With the 30th overall pick in this year’s draft, the Green Bay Packers could have gone multiple directions. Wide receiver and linebacker stood as their top needs, and drafting a quarterback like Jordan Love wouldn’t have been out of the question if their draft board fell that way.
The Packers did take Love, after trading up four spots to No. 26. The pick itself was easy to criticize, with Aaron Rodgers under contract through 2023. But in the broader scope of a dismal draft class that included zero wide receivers and one linebacker, drafting a quarterback who looks like a bit of a project looks even worse.
But Rodgers will turn 37 in December, and while he’s still quite good he’s no longer elite. Making a better effort to bolster the talent around him in the draft would have been wise, but that was not the path general manager Brian Gutekunst took.
It’s the minority view until proven otherwise, but here are three reasons drafting Love actually makes perfect sense for the Packers.