GREEN BAY — Aaron Rodgers says he was initially surprised when the Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.
"The general reaction at first was surprise, like many people. Not going to say I was thrilled by the pick, necessarily," said Rodgers in a conference call.
However, Rodgers' surprise grew into understanding as time went on. "I understand the organization is not thinking just about the present, but the future and I respect that," said the Packers quarterback.
And last question @AaronRodgers12 says he was surprised at the (Love) pick because he still believes in himself and has said he wants to play into his 40s #Packers— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) May 15, 2020
Many fans were shocked with this selection, especially since the Packers are in no way desperate for a quarterback. However, now some are coming to realize that this pick was similar to that of Rodgers draft pick back in 2005.
The organization was simply looking ahead. Rodgers was able to watch Brett Favre work for three years before taking over the team for himself. It is possible that this is what was going through the Packers front office's minds when they drafted Love.
In the conference call, Rodgers said he believes in his abilities and hopes to play into his 40s.
Rodgers also made a comment on the Packers not picking a receiver early during the draft. He said "to not pick a guy must mean they like our guys and have faith in them.”
On not taking a receiver early @AaronRodgers12 says “to not pick a guy must mean they like our guys and have faith in them.” #Packers— Lance Allan (@lanceallan) May 15, 2020