It’s not about the competition for Cris Collinsworth.
The Packers’ selection of Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft was perhaps the most controversial pick of the event.
It puts a ticking clock on Aaron Rodgers’ future with the franchise, but Collinsworth — NBC’s lead NFL analyst — was more concerned that it overlooked an opportunity to draft a receiver from an incredibly deep class at the position.
“If I were Aaron Rodgers, I would be really mad,” Collinsworth, a former Pro Bowl receiver with the Bengals, said on NBC Sports’ “Lunch Talk Live” with Mike Tirico on Monday.
“It has nothing to do with the fact that he might take his place… Instead of getting additional help at wide receiver, at offensive line… they go out and draft for the future.”
The Packers, who have not picked a skill position player in the first round during Rodgers’ 15 years with the franchise, were reportedly determined to draft Love and traded up with the Dolphins to move up from No. 30 to No. 26 in the first round. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst told reporters on Thursday night after making the pick that he had yet to speak to the notoriously-prickly Rodgers about the pick. Rodgers, 36, has yet to comment on the team’s decision.
The Eagles also received some criticism for their decision to draft Jalen Hurts in the second round, given that Carson Wentz is still 27 years old and perceived to be the future of the franchise. While the decision remains curious, Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman did say he informed Wentz of the Eagles’ plans before taking the Oklahoma star in the second round (No. 53) on Friday night.
“I just wanted him to understand that we value the quarterback position extremely high here in Philadelphia, but at the same time, Carson understands and I wanted him to know that he is our starter,” Roseman said on the show. “He’s the face of the Philadelphia Eagles. He is our franchise…I wanted him to understand that we’re going to continue to evaluate quarterbacks and continue to draft quarterbacks every year.”