Packers fail to help Aaron Rodgers

The Aaron Rodgers era in Green Bay may end up as one of the greatest blown opportunities in NFL history. Winning one Super Bowl with a talent like Rodgers is just not good enough.

Of course, the Packers still have Rodgers, and they played for the NFC championship last season. So what did they do heading into a draft loaded at the wide receiver position in a year where they really needed to get Rodgers more weapons?

They drafted a quarterback in the first round. Jordan Love may end up being a great pick, but he doesn’t seem like a sure thing at this point. And while

Aaron Rodgers' receivers cost him at least 648 yards last season because of drops. The average for qualifying quarterbacks was 282 and the second-placed quarterback had only 507. pic.twitter.com/UCkG2iYXpM

— QB Data Mine (@QBDataMine) April 19, 2020 ” target=”_blank”>Rodgers will say all the right things, he has to be pissed at the situation.

The Packers have a window to win an NFL championship that runs the length of time that Rodgers remains an elite quarterback. Yes, they need to think about the future, but they shouldn’t squander this opportunity.

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Dave Gettleman is the most clueless man in the NFL

How bad can things get in New York? Dave Gettleman comes across as a caricature of a meathead sports executive who can’t seem to wrap his head around analytics and rational player evaluation. He goes by his considerable gut, and may end up making the New York Giants the laughing stock of the NFL.

Last year, Sam Darnold fell int his lap, but he passed and took a running back. This year, Josh Rosen was available for pennies on the dollar, and Gettleman passed again. Dwayne Haskins was available and yet Gettleman wasn’t interested. Oh, and he managed to get rid of Odell Beckham Jr. along the way as well.

Instead, Gettleman fell in love with Daniel Jones and drafted his with the 6th pick, even when he easily could have waited until pick 17. Jones seems like a great kid and a nice player, but there’s no way he’s worthy of the 6th pick in the draft based on his tape. The kid isn’t accurate and he doesn’t handle pressure well.

This pick is a disaster for the Giants, and this once-proud franchise is tuning into a joke.

Do Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock know what they’re doing?

What’s going on in Oakland? Leading up to the draft it sounded like chaos in that building, and then Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock raised eyebrows during the draft. Clelin Ferrell is a very good player, but nobody thought he’d go in the top 10. But the Raiders decided to snag him at pick #4, even with tons of other talent sitting there on the board. Gruden has never been good at managing the draft, but you would think Mayock would have a clue about how to trade down, get more assets, and still get your man.

Only the idiocy of the Giants pushed this down as the top story.

Evaluating quarterbacks for the NFL Draft

With over four months to go before the NFL Draft mercifully arrives on April 27th, we’re going to be hearing a ton about this draft class, particularly the quarterbacks. It’s fun now, and the Senior Bowl, combine and individual workouts will be interesting, but at some point we’ll reach information overload.

Perhaps at some point in the process we’ll be able to get beyond the DeShaun Watson hype that is naturally building following his epic performance against Alabama in the National Championship game. Watson is a fantastic prospect, and along with Mitch Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes he leads an interesting if not overwhelming quarterback class for 2017.

The key is separating his college heroics from traits that will lead him to succeed or fail in the NFL. He certainly has the intangibles and was a great college QB, but we all know that’s nowhere near enough. Let’s see how this plays out.

Bob Kravitz mocks Phillip Dorsett pick by Colts

Most criticisms of NFL draft picks can be pretty lame as sportswriters and fans whine about certain picks. Of course that’s all part of the fun, but few of them offer much insight.

This rant from Bob Kravitz, however, is worth reading for many reasons. First, he makes some great points. More importantly, much of it is well-written and hilarious!

Like Kravitz points out, Phillip Dorsett may turn out to be a special player. But given the needs of the Colts on the defense and the offensive line, he makes a great point that a team poised to potentially unseat the Patriots needs to be a little more mindful of glaring needs, like not getting Andrew Luck killed.

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