The Green Bay Packers committed to Jordan Love for the 2023 season. After Aaron Rodgers’ trade the team wasted no time in naming Love the starter. However, nine games in to the 2023 season the team sits at 3-6 and the offense has failed to average even 20 points per game.
If the second half of the season doesn’t pan out, the Packers could very well look for another quarterback just one season after Love took over. As it turns out, the team has been linked to a quarterback with an incredible winning percentage.
The Green Bay Packers Could Target Michigan Quarterback J.J. McCarthy In The 2024 NFL Draft
Fansided’s Christopher Kline proposed the following scenario in which McCarthy is a member of the Packers in 2024:
It’s hard to win with young quarterbacks in the NFL. It’s rare for lightning to strike as quickly as C.J. Stroud has for the Houston Texans, and the Packers spending a first or second-round pick on J.J. McCarthy would essentially be an admission of failure on the Jordan Love front.
But, this is arguably the smartest move — to invest in the best available arm talent in the NFL Draft given Love’s struggles with consistency under pressure. One has to believe Caleb Williams and Drake Maye will be off the board when the Packers select, but a sustained late-season tank could change that equation.
For now, let’s pencil in J.J. McCarthy as the best “realistic” rookie for the Packers to target. He has been a complete buzzsaw in command of the undefeated, No. 3-ranked Michigan Wolverines, completing 76.2 percent of his passes for 2,194 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only three interceptions.
PFF expert Trevor Sikkema described McCarthy as a QB who “can hit the ‘Sunday throw’ with both distance and velocity” with improving touch. McCarthy ranks at the No. 35 prospect on the PFF big board, which suggests that he could be available either midway through the first round or early in the second round.
A proven college star from a top-five program, with multiple high-profile wins under his belt, is always a strong bet. McCarthy has the arm talent to deliver immediate results for a Packers team in need of more dynamism from their signal-caller.
What Would J.J. McCarthy Bring To The Packers?
In week two of his sophomore season, McCarthy got his first start and never looked back. As a starter, McCarthy has a 22-1 overall record, giving him a .957 winning percentage. In the last 10 seasons with a minimum of 20 starts, his winning percentage is the highest of any quarterback, which puts him at the top of an impressive list.
Bringing in a winner like McCarthy could be exactly what the Packers need. However, it would be fairly surprising if the Packers gave up on Jordan Love after just one season under center.
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