The Pack “attack” might be anything but.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made a career of turning average guys into superstars. That’s not to disrespect the talented players he’s been paired with, but he hasn’t exactly had the best surrounding cast to work with on the offensive side of the ball. This is a poorly kept secret.
Sure, he’s had Jordy Nelson, James Starks, Davante Adams, Greg Jennings and other recognizable names surrounding him. But there’s one thing those guys all have in common: They weren’t first-round picks.
In a stat unearthed earlier in the week, the Packers’ inability to surround Rodgers with help on the offensive side of the ball was on full display.
Really, this seems like organizational malpractice. Since Rodgers has been in Green Bay, the Packers have drafted offensive players three times in the first round, starting with offensive linemen Bryan Bulaga in 2010 and Derek Sherrod in 2011. That 2011 draft would be the last time the Packers would take offense until 2020, when they selected Utah State and Packers QB heir Jordan Love.
In a somewhat bizarre twist, Mercedes Lewis wasn’t even drafted by the Packers. The long-time Jaguars tight end made the trek north in 2018, joining Rodgers in Green Bay and connecting with him for a single TD pass in 2019 — one of his 18 receptions as a Packer.
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While there’s never a guarantee that a first-round pick will play to the first-round billing and hype, there’s a reason that first-round picks, are, well, first-round picks. Since 2006, there have been 53 wide receivers selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, and not a single one was taken by the Packers. In the 2020 NFL Draft, a draft that was heralded as the deepest WR draft in years, the Packers selected precisely zero help at wideout.
Typically, when organizations find their franchise quarterback, they do their best to surround him with weapons. It kind of seems like the Packers have done the opposite. They might not have needed that first-round wide receiver in 2010 when they won the Super Bowl with Rodgers at the helm, but you can play the what-if game all day: What if Rodgers had a pure No. 1? What if the Packers spent more money in free agency? What if Rodgers was surrounded with appropriate help?
Well, let’s see if they give Jordan Love the … love they didn’t really give Rodgers.