Ted Thompson had just taken over for Mike Sherman as GM. It was his first draft. Remember, Favre was still there, but was in his 15th year, and there was plenty of talk about an heir-apparent.
Going into this draft, Aaron Rodgers was the consensus #1 overall pick, and #1 QB ahead of Alex Smith. I still have The Sporting News Draft Guide magazine, which projected Rodgers to go #1 to San Francisco, and did a piece comparing Rodgers to Alex, and it gave Rodgers the clear edge.
However, as the scout geniuses and GM masterminds are prone to do (see Tom Brady pick #199), they found reason to bump Rodgers below Smith. Smith was bigger, and faster. So he was a better athlete and had a bigger upside.
Picked before Rodgers were: Alex Smith, Ronnie Brown, Braylon Edwards, Cedric Benson, Cadillac Williams, Pac-Man Jones, Troy Williamson, Antrel Rolle, Carlos Rogers, Mike Williams, DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, Jammal Brown, Thomas Davis, Derrick Johnson, Travis Johnson, David Pollack, Erasmus James, Alex Barron, Marcus Spears, Matt Jones, Mark Clayton, and Fabian Washington. < In order.
So Rodgers wasn't even the first Rogers taken, as Carlos went before him. Two Williams were taken before him. A Pac-Man and a Cadillac were taken before he was. A college QB who would be converted to a WR was taken before him. The Vikings, staying where they were in this draft, could have come away with DeMarcus Ware and Aaron Rodgers. Instead, they came away with Troy Williamson and Erasmus James.
Think about how bad that is and how much it has killed that franchise and given the Packers another decade of greatness.
Minny still hasn't won a title, and hasn't even made it to the Super Bowl since the 1970's! That was just after we landed on the moon the first time! It was the Jimmy Carter Era. Before the Iran hostage crisis.
2002 HIGH SCHOOL MONTAGE
In response to the 20,000 hits on the Aaron Rodgers interview posted here on YouTube, AVE Sports has created a montage of a few of his greatest plays. The first set of highlights has him playing in the Lions Club All-Star Football Game.
The next three sets are from his junior college playing days at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA, where he led the Roadrunners to a Tri-Counties Bank Holiday Bowl victory. He would then move on to Cal Berkeley, then on to the Green Bay Packers... and a Super Bowl win!
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Packer Nation is so lucky to go from a very fine QB in Brett Favre, for 16 mostly good years, to a truly great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is special, and he would say he's a better person than he is a quarterback. Tim Tebow isn't the only one. Here are a small collection of interesting videos and tributes to the captain of the Green Bay Packers.
2005 NFL DRAFT, MEL KIPER and ESPN
Mel Kiper, Chris Berman, and Chris Mortenson could see Rodgers slide and could tell he'd fall further.
They tried to guess where he'd go, who might trade up for him, etc.