3 Potential Successors for Aaron Rodgers the Packers Could Take in the 2020 NFL Draft
Aaron Rodgers isn't going to be running the Green Bay Packers' offense forever. The 36-year-old isn't exactly on the verge of retirement, but it can pay to prepare in advance for a changing of the guard at the QB position.
Addressing the position before it's a dire need, as we saw when the Packers used a first-round pick on Rodgers while Brett Favre was still playing at a high level, can help prevent falling into a rebuilding phase.
With that in mind, here are three potential successors for Rodgers that the Packers could take in the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Jalen Hurts doesn't fit the old "prototype-QB" mold, but we've consistently seen players breaking that mold at the NFL level lately, so that's not the concern it may have once been. An elite athlete at the position, Hurts ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash while showing a ton of explosiveness with a 125-inch broad jump at the combine. Not just an athlete, he led the nation with an average of 11.3 yards per pass attempt in 2019, while he also added 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. Hurts could cost a second or third-round pick, but he has ridiculous upside.
2. Jake Fromm, Georgia
Georgia's Jake Fromm doesn't have nearly that kind of athleticism, and at 6-foot-2 he doesn't have prototypical size, either. That has him likely to go later in the draft, where he could be a steal. One of the best quarterbacks in Georgia history, Fromm threw for 8,236 yards and 78 touchdowns in three years with the Bulldogs. He's a fairly young prospect, turning 22 years old in July, and spending some time learning behind Rodgers could serve him well.
3. Tyler Huntley, Utah
Tyler Huntley is a small-school prospect, but he's posted big-time numbers. He was one of only five quarterbacks with a double-digit average in adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) last year, completing 73.1 percent of his passes and racking up 3,092 yards. He also flashed some upside as a dual threat, and in three years as a starter at Utah he tallied a combined 1,131 yards and 15 touchdowns. If the Packers don't want to invest too much draft capital at the position, Huntley could be a nice late-round option.
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