Packers Disrespected Aaron Rodgers by Trading up for QB of the Future Instead of Getting Him a Weapon

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers / Harry How/Getty Images

When it was revealed that the Green Bay Packers traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, almost all viewers were convinced that the franchise would finally come to their senses and nab a wide receiver.

Unfortunately for Packers fans, history reared its ugly head in truly shocking fashion.

Despite the team being in a win-now mindset -- it was a win away from reaching the Super Bowl last season -- Green Bay decided to dish out the ultimate form of disrespect to Aaron Rodgers by selecting Utah State gunslinger Jordan Love.

Maybe Rodgers' reaction wasn't that aggressive, but he shouldn't be faulted for feeling slighted.

This isn't to say that we don't understand the Packers' way of thinking. It mirrors the team taking Rodgers back in 2005 Draft as the supposed heir apparent to an aging Brett Favre, and that turned out great.

There's just no way to know if that success will replicate this time around. Drafting Love marked the 15th consecutive year that Green Bay didn't draft a running back or a wide receiver in the first round. As impossible as that sounds, it's very real.

Taking Rodgers' potential successor a few months after losing in the NFC Championship Game to a team who had a superior win-now roster is baffling, to say the least. With players like Laviska Shenault, KJ Hamler, Denzel Mims, Tee Higgins, and Michael Pittman still available, Rodgers has every right to feel offended.