3 Potential Successors for Aaron Rodgers the Green Bay Packers Could Take in the 2019 NFL Draft

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the sidelines in the second half against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 23, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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After so many years of success leading the Packers, it's hard to imagine a world without Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback in Green Bay. But as the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And that's also true when it comes to Rodgers, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

Rodgers himself can attest to a team being proactive when it comes to the NFL Draft, considering he was drafted while another Packers great, Brett Favre, was still running the show in Green Bay.

With that being said, let's take a look at three quarterback prospects from the 2019 NFL Draft that could repeat the cycle of history in Green Bay as Rodgers' potential future successor for the Packers.

3. Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 4:  Nick Fitzgerald #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA football game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Davis Wade Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Following a sophomore season that saw 21 touchdowns and 3,798 yards of total offense in 2016-17, Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald was being heralded as a Heisman hopeful and future NFL QB. However, after regressing during his junior campaign which included a season-ending ankle injury in the last game of the regular season, Fitzgerald vanished from both Heisman and NFL Draft radars heading into his senior season. Fitzgerald's athleticism and 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame scream NFL potential and perhaps all he needs is the proper teacher and coaching at the next level to unlock it. Plus, learning behind a future Hall of Famer isn't a bad place to be.

2. Will Grier, West Virginia

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Will Grier is yet another QB project that should be available on the second day of this year's NFL Draft. But that doesn't mean teams are sleeping on his potential. Similar to Rodgers, Grier has made a living from the pocket using his great arm strength to hit receivers downfield. In his two seasons with the Mountaineers, Grier tossed for a combined 71 passing TDs and 7,354 passing yards with just 20 interceptions. At 6' 2" and 217 pounds to go along with 9 3/8-inch hands, Grier also shares an extremely similar build to Rodgers.

1. Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 24:  Jarrett Stidham #8 of the Auburn Tigers looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jarrett Stidham's path to the 2019 NFL Draft was far from standard. Stidham began his collegiate career as the starting QB for Baylor in 2015, but the 22-year-old pocket passer was taking snaps at McLennan Community College in 2016 before he broke out as a transfer QB at Auburn in 2017-18. Stidham's NFL Combine measurements are also strikingly similar to those of Rodgers, as they both share the exact same height (6' 2"), hand size (9 3/8") and broad jump (110") measurements. Stidham is also within five pounds of Rodgers' 223-pound frame, 0.25 inches from his 32.25-inch arm length, 0.1 seconds off his 40-yard dash and 0.01 seconds of his 4.33-second 20-yard shuffle. Drafting a Rodgers clone wouldn't be a bad move for the Pack.

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