Why would the Packers sign Aaron Rodgers brother?
It’s that time of year when every “football analyst” comes out of the wood work to give their two cents on where they expect players to fall in the draft.
As I was going through the latest mock drafts, I saw one prediction that made my jaw absolutely drop. Vanderbilt’s Jordan Rodgers, little brother to Aaron Rodgers, would be picked up by Green Bay in the 7th round.
The first issue I see with this is, the Packers already have their two back up’s in place. McCarthy, is very thorough during his quarterback camps and always looks to utilize the tools he has at hand.
With that in mind, the idea that Green Bay would almost throw away a pick on a fourth quarterback, who would more than likely be cut pretty early on, blows my mind.
Now let’s take a quick look at the quarterbacks on the roster now, and how they came about.
Graham Harrell is listed as the second string quarterback on the Packers’ unofficial depth chart. Harrell was picked up in 2010 undrafted, from the CFL, and most importantly wasn’t even on the active roster until 13 weeks into the season. Harrell did not show a lot of promise, but as poorly as the starting O-line performed protection issues may have been a slight issue for him to truly shine. Only playing in a few regular season games the mere 20 yards he threw for should not be interpreted as a sign of poor performance. B.J. Coleman isn’t on the active roster, but still being on the practice squad one can assume in essence he is the 3rd string quarterback. Not playing in any regular season games it was rather hard to find stats on him , but the one play that sticks out in my mind the most that slightly worries me about Coleman is one of his passes to Chase Ford in the 2012 Shrine game. Ford was in nearly quadruple coverage and Coleman just lofted it to Ford. The play wound up going for a rather large gain, but that play and a few others make me highly question his decision making.
Now for Jordan. For starters, I am a huge fan of mobile quarterbacks. There is nothing more entertaining to me then seeing a quarterback scramble for huge gains down field. Jordan is a really mobile quarterback, from the film I watched, and could keep a lot of plays alive with his feet which is a huge plus. The problem is there were really no huge gains on the ground like you saw from Cam Newton, RGIII, or even Tebow. There were a few accuracy issues, but I feel as if Jordan was forced to scramble more than average due to poor protection which hurt in judging how he performed in the pocket. Some other issues I noticed was some minor footwork problems which could be solved in any quarterback camps, but the striking issue is the fact Rodgers is almost four inches shorter and about 20 pounds lighter than other quarterbacks within the draft.
I’m sure Rodgers will make a great backup for a team, but this team cannot and will not be the Packers. Not only do the Packers not need a quarterback at this particular time, but would drafting Rodgers and then cutting him when it comes time to back up more crucial roles effect the morale of his big brother? I personally do not know either Rodgers brother so I can’t judge how it would mentally effect either of them, but in my shoes cutting my brother would weigh heavy on my mind.
A situation that would make sense in the Rodgers brothers both wearing green and yellow would be if Jordan did go undrafted Green Bay picking him up on the practice squad. In this situation there could be a fun sibling rivalry during training camps pushing both brothers to perform to out do the other, and within this competition Jordan could possibly outshine Graham or B.J.
In the end, I don’t see Jordan joining big brother in Wisconsin whatsoever. The need at quarterback just isn’t there for Green Bay at this time, and having to give up a draft pick to get him is not only highly unlikely but also controversial.