When Brett Favre was nearing the end of his career, the Green Bay Packers knew they had an ace in their pocket with a young Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers drafted Rodgers despite Favre still having some gas left in the tank.

It proved to be the right move as Green Bay went from one Hall of Famer in Favre to another (future) Hall of Famer in Rodgers.

The Packers tried to recreate that same scenario by selecting Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

It was a nice idea by Green Bay. But so far, it looks like that decision isn’t going to yield the same results as the Packers’ decision to draft Rodgers in 2005.

I’d be surprised if Love is “the answer” for Green Bay when Rodgers actually retires. He just hasn’t looked the part so far in limited action.

The bad part of all this is that the Packers had their shot in 2020 at a surefire answer for life after Rodgers.

But they skipped right over that answer.

Green Bay should’ve drafted Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is currently balling out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Sep 19, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scores on a 26-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Hurts was selected by the Eagles with the No. 53 overall pick (second round) of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Love was drafted with the No. 26 overall pick.

It looks like Hurts is a legitimate superstar. He passed for 333 yards on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings while also adding 57 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Imagine if he was the guy sitting behind Rodgers right now.

He’d be learning from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. And Hurts would probably be even better in Green Bay than he is in Philly because of learning from Rodgers.

But that’s not the Packers’ reality. Instead, their scouts missed on Hurts (lots of other teams’ scouts did, too). And now, the Packers have no idea who their next starting quarterback will be.

I have a feeling this is a draft mistake that’s going to stick with Green Bay for a long time. They’re extremely fortunate to have had Favre and Rodgers running things for the last 30 years. But now they’re about to enter an era (whenever Rodgers retires) of the unknown. And that’s a scary thought for Packers fans.

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