The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets are still working out the details of an Aaron Rodgers trade. At this point, no one really knows exactly what it will look like. Sure, there are plenty of people who think they know, but at the end of the day, a great deal of trade scenarios proposed by fans and analysts is simply wishful thinking.
For example, there are no shortage of Packers fans clamoring for the 13th overall pick. Brian Gutekunst has already said he is not seeking the 13th overall pick. That being said, the Jets’ first round pick would be nice and, in a perfect world, Green Bay would get it. That is why PFF’s perfect draft for each team included this trade for the Packers.
An Aaron Rodgers Trade for the 13th Overall Pick Yields a First Round Wide Receiver for Jordan Love
Here is the “perfect” Packers draft (a three round mock) according to PFF:
Trade: Green Bay trades QB Aaron Rodgers to the Jets in exchange for No. 13 overall
Round 1: WR Quentin Johnston, TCU; TE Dalton Kincaid, Utah
Round 2: DI Siaki Ika, Baylor
Round 3: Edge Isaiah McGuire, Missouri
When I did this for the AFC, I said that the perfect draft for the Jets started with landing Aaron Rodgers without giving up their first-round pick. The opposite is true for the Packers — their perfect draft begins with the Jets blinking first and coughing up the 13th overall selection for Rodgers.
Surrounding Jordan Love with as much talent as possible should be the goal, and Johnston at wide receiver and Kincaid, who led all tight ends in PFF receiving grade in 2022, would certainly do that.
This certainly would be a fun scenario for fans that want Green Bay to draft either a wide receiver or a tight end in the first round. It also noteworthy that PFF addresses two other vital needs the Packers have (this time on defense) in the second and third rounds. Indeed, on paper, this does seem like the “perfect” draft.
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Nobody is giving up a first round pick for a locker room cancer who chokes in the playoffs and is going to retire as soon as he is faced with a hostile NY media instead of the Green Bay cult.