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Aaron Rodgers Will Hate Packers Projected First-Round Pick in Latest Mel Kiper Mock Draft

By David Hayes
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may not like Mel Kiper's projected first-round pick for his team this year.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may not like Mel Kiper's projected first-round pick for his team this year. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

As far as Green Bay Packers fans are concerned, the real headline from last year's NFL Draft was the Packers' shocking decision to pull the trigger on a future replacement QB for Aaron Rodgers with their first-round pick.

Rather than addressing one of their key areas of need in wide receiver to help bolster Rodgers' efforts in what would become another MVP campaign in 2020, the Packers used their most valuable 2020 NFL Draft asset on a player that never really saw the field last season.

While the Packers still made the NFC Championship behind an impressive 13-3 regular season record, there has to be a hope that Green Bay doesn't make this kind of mistake again in the 2021 NFL Draft.

And while NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. latest first-round mock for the Packers doesn't have them going the exact same route, it certainly doesn't inspire the kind of hope that Rodgers was likely looking for.

Well, at least it's not another quarterback, which would be a better start than last year. However, former Northwestern Wildcats' cornerback Greg Newsome II isn't the kind of explosive receiving talent that Rodgers has been dying to pair with Davante Adams either.

Although while the Packers could use help at the WR position, bolstering the defense on the other side of the ball could provide more help to Rodgers indirectly. The Packers finished the 2020-21 season allowing 23.2 points per game (PPG), which put them No. 15 in the league in that category – just about smack dab in the middle of the pack.

As Packers' fans surely remember, Green Bay was also eliminated by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' passing attack, which put the Bucs in control in the NFC Championship Game with a touchdown to Scottie Miller at the endo f the first half.

So, while picking up defensive CB talent like Newsome with their No. 29 overall pick wouldn't replicate the same sort of blunder as last year, targeting a receiving talent like Florida's Kadarius Toney or Purdue's Rondale Moore could do a lot more to make Rodgers much happier in Green Bay for years to come.

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