Aaron Rodgers is officially on the clock.
The Green Bay Packers traded up to the 26th pick to secure Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The 21-year-old Aggies signal-caller will presumably serve as an understudy for Rodgers on the Green Bay depth chart for at least a year.
Rodgers, 36, is entering the third year of a four-year, $134 million contract extension he signed back in 2018. If he’s got some feelings to work through, he could always reach out to an old mentor: in 2005, a 21-year-old Rodgers was drafted in the first round to be the heir to 36-year-old Brett Favre’s throne.
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after a game against the Chicago Bears.Source:AFP
Love has been a polarising prospect among scouts, who has drawn lofty comparisons to Chiefs signal-caller Patrick Mahomes.
“I like that comparison,” the quarterback said earlier this year. “We’ve both got strong arms. (Mahomes) obviously makes ridiculous throws off schedule and stuff like that, some I’ve seen and tried to model my game to make throws like that. I hope to be on the same platform as him.”
Jordan Love hasn't had the chance to talk to Aaron Rodgers yet. Has a ton of respect for Rodgers' ability and to pick his brain and develop under him is something he's excited about. #Packers
Explain to me why people are surprised the Packers picked a QB in the first round? Aaron Rodgers is 35! It’s just smart to draft someone you feel is a capable replacement. When your starter his some years left.
Remember how close Green Bay was to winning a Super Bowl last year and instead of helping Aaron Rodgers at age 36 they instead draft his likely successor very surprised by that move
Others have criticised his inconsistency following a disappointing final season at Utah State in which he tallied 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He surprised some by declaring for the draft this year, as some speculated he might transfer to a Power 5 program to hone his skills and bolster his stock.
Rodgers was the No. 24 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft and sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons. History could be repeating itself in Green Bay.
– New York Post
CEEDEE LAMB’S QUICK-FIRE GRAB
In a surprising outcome, the 21-year-old CeeDee Lamb was picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, the 17th of round one.
Snaring Lamb was considered a steal for the Cowboys, who had reportedly placed him as the sixth-rated player on their draft board. So unexpected was the pick, the Cowboys even had 30/1 odds to draft the wide receiver.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said, “We just didn’t want to miss him. Those trades ultimately are supposed to add another player to be valuable, but we couldn't trump him. He was just there. He’s a football player. He’s a playmaker. He just earned it."
Executive vice president Stephen Jones agreed, “We felt like he was a top-10 player in this draft and we’d never see him.”
However, one moment during the NFL Draft live coverage had viewers in hysterics. While the camera was poised on a live feed of the family’s living room, Lamb’s girlfriend, Crymson Rose, innocently took a smartphone from her partner, only for the newest Cowboy to quickly grab it back.
Rose had previously dated NBA phenom Trae Young, who couldn’t help but comment on the incident. Even Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut found it amusing.
Bruh said “nahhhh what you doin” ?? https://t.co/4zw2MVjK1A
Some explanation on Cowboys taking CeeDee Lamb at 17:
1) They know they need DBs, DL. Believe depth at each is still there tomorrow.
2) Losing Randall Cobb, they did view WR as a need. Hadn't expected they could get a Lamb talent. To them, he was 6th best prospect.
Lamb shared his excitement after the draft concluded: “I’m very comfortable in the slot.
“I’m very versatile, and I can’t wait to be out there. I feel comfortable at all positions of the field. … I can’t wait to line up for them.”
Lamb prospered in consecutive 1000-yard seasons at The University of Oklahoma, scoring 32 touchdowns in 41 games.
READ MORE: Wrap of first round picks
DAK PRESCOTT’S BROTHER DEAD AT 31
The brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, Jace Prescott, died Thursday at the age of 31, the team announced.
“It is with great sadness and support that we share the news of the passing of Jace Prescott today,” a Cowboys spokesperson said in a statement during the NFL Draft.
“The loss of Tad and Dak’s brother is devastating. At this incredibly difficult time, the Prescott family asks only for prayers and respect for their privacy.”
No cause of death was immediately given.
Sad news on the death of Dak Prescott's brother, Jace, today. Brother Tad Prescott told me a few years ago that Jace played LT and NG for Haughton HS in Louisiana at 6-6 and 420 pounds. He started in HS as a freshman, went on to play three years for Northwestern State (La.). #RIP
Just gut-wrenching news for the Prescott family. Dak is an amazing person. Praying for he and Tad on this unthinkable day. https://t.co/n31ILeR2a9
Prescott was one of Dak’s two brothers and the middle son of their mother, Peggy, who died of colon cancer in 2013. He was a 198cm, 155kg offensive lineman at Northwestern State in Louisiana.
At Haughton High School in Louisiana, Prescott was a four-time all-district and two-time all state football player and also played basketball and ran track.
“He was a great kid who dominated games,” Rodney Guin, Prescott’s high school football coach, told The Shreveport Times. “He was a pleasure to coach — as were all the Prescott boys.”
– New York Post
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