NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday the Packers "were adamant about getting a quarterback" and wanted to be proactive in order to select Love:
According to Rapoport, Green Bay had discussed a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the No. 27 pick before finalizing a deal with the Miami Dolphins for the 26th selection. Miami dropped back to No. 30 and added a fourth-rounder.
Many were stunned to hear Love's name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Aaron Rodgers is the team's starting quarterback and will presumably remain there for the duration of his current contract, which expires after the 2023 season.
Of course, the Packers are basically duplicating the strategy they used to have Rodgers succeed Brett Favre. Rodgers was a first-round pick in 2005 and spent three seasons on the bench before becoming the starter in 2008.
Ian Kenyon @IanKenyonNFL
I don't know who needs to hear this, but there's a difference between the Aaron Rodgers draft day fall in 2005 and the Jordan Love selection. -Favre was annually waffling retirement -Rodgers was discussed as no. 1 overall pick & fell -GB hadn't just given Favre major extension
Still, the decision sent an odd message to a team with a wide-open championship window.
Perhaps Green Bay's front office will ultimately be justified. It's clear general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur believe Love to be the quarterback who can lead the franchise in a post-Rodgers future.