So….that was quite the 24 hours.
Packers fans woke up and ate breakfast eager with anticipation on who the team would select with the 29th overall pick. By the time it came to eat lunch, they thought they were going to lose Aaron Rodgers.
They still very well could as the drama that unfolded yesterday afternoon seems to be far from over. When reports exploded that Rodgers was deeply unhappy with the Packers organization and he would not return to the team, the entire NFL world turned upside down.
Would the Packers trade their franchise quarterback on the day of the draft? As the draft approached, rumors of a potential trade to the Denver Broncos picked up massive amount of steam but failed to materialize as Denver made its pick at ninth overall (a selection many assumed would have to be included in any package for Rodgers).
Meanwhile, the Packers went about their business and selected Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes with the 29th overall pick. It fills a position of need with a a very fast athlete who was only targeted 90 times the past two seasons. On paper, he seems like a great running mate for Jaire Alexander.
That was all overshadowed however thanks to the Rodgers situation. After the selection of Stokes, general manager Brian Gutekunstwas as definitive as he has been regarding moving the reigning MVP, saying “No, we’re not going to trade Aaron Rodgers.”
So it appears we are at a crossroads and a crucial point in the history of the Packers. Something is going to have to give here and either way, it’s not going to be pretty.
I don’t think anyone thought this would be the headline on the Packers’ hometown newspaper the day after the opening night of the draft but here we are.
General managers blow smoke all the time but you have to take Gutekunst at his word here for now. He, coach Matt LaFleur, and team president Mark Murphy all made separate trips to get Rodgers back in the fold. That is no small gesture and indicates the Packers are going to dig their heels in.
Meanwhile the Packers have a speedy new cornerback and Eric Stokes has all the potential to be a great partner to Jaire Alexander. Stokes should be able to compete for a starting role on day one and any move that bumps Kevin along and Chandon Sullivan down the depth chart is a good one.
While the situation with Rodgers goes on, so too does the NFL Draft. Here’s a look at what the Packers can do today in rounds two and three.
I bet this mallard has to duck when he walks through some doorways.