Succession plans in the NFL are rarely smooth sailing. For as much as Montana to Young or Favre to Rodgers were seamless on the stat sheet or in the record books, the conflict and tension made those transitions far from flawless. Aaron Rodgers is 36 years old and is now four years removed from his last PFF grade above 90.0. The best two seasons of his career were 2011 and 2014 according to PFF grades, and those are starting to become distant memories. The team needs to get him back on track, but rather than reload with weapons and assistance, the Packers are doing something else entirely in this draft — and they may be throwing a brick through the final few years of Rodgers’ Super Bowl window.
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Rodgers went on the Pat McAfee show on the eve of the draft and said that the Packers drafting a skill-position player would be cool because the team hadn’t selected one in the first round during his entire tenure — Rodgers himself was the last one. Apparently, this was a case of “be careful what you wish for” — the Packers did trade, but they moved up for a skill position player, and it happened to be Jordan Love, a boom-or-bust quarterback.