The Green Bay Packers are moving on from Aaron Rodgers and handing the keys to the offense over to 2020 first round draft pick Jordan Love. If one thinks back to Rodgers’ first year as a starter, one may recall that the Packers took two quarterbacks in the 2008 NFL Draft: Brian Brohm in the second round and Scott Tolzein in the seventh. As the Packers do not have much salary cap space, it is possible that they find Love’s backup quarterback in the draft.
On “Nine 2 Noon” on 97.3 The Game in Milwaukee, one of the hosts, Armen Saryan, posed the possibility of Green Bay taking highly touted quarterback Will Levis out of Kentucky if he were to fall to pick 15. While Wisconsin Badgers legend Brian Butch would not rule it out, former Packers fullback John Kuhn had a strong response.
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Below is a transcript of the exchange between Saryan, Butch, and Kuhn regarding taking a quarterback in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft:
Saryan: “Let’s do a more extreme example. Let’s say Will Levis. Nobody thinks he will leave the top 15. Let’s say he drops to 45. Do you take him?”
Kuhn: “What if he drops to 15?”
Butch: “That’s a question a lot of people have said. And Armen, the thing about it is, as much as I hate mock drafts, there is conversation that that could be a possibility.”
Kuhn: “That one I disagree with.”
Saryan: “If the most important thing in this league is getting a quarterback, a great quarterback, and giving yourself chances at one, if Will Levis was there, I wouldn’t say it’s wrong to do it.”
Kuhn: “Ho-ly-Cow! I can’t believe this! This is supposed to be the Jordan Love Era! Now you’re telling me that in his first year (his first year!), you would consider drafting a quarterback with the 15th overall pick?
Butch: “Yeah, and you know why? Because the Packers already did it once, John! This isn’t such a crazy trait. They did it! They drafted Aaron Rodgers and three years later, 2008, they drafted TWO quarterbacks!”
Saryan: “Late, late second.” (referring to Brohm)
Kuhn: “The difference is the team in 2008 didn’t need weapons the way the team in 2023 does!”
Butch: “Are you telling me that using a second round draft pick on Brian Brohm helped that team? Right? Or if you could have drafted somebody else in the second round that that player would not have helped that team more than Brian Brohm?
Saryan: “Brian Brohm never helped this team.”
Butch: “Thank you! So you’re saying that team didn’t have any needs and it didn’t matter where they drafted a quarterback?”
Kuhn: “No. I told you that team did not need weapons the same way this team needs weapons! Are you going to sit there honestly and tell me Jordan Love is equipped for success with this offense the way Aaron Rodgers was in 2008?
Butch: “I think it’s completely different. I think they rely on the run and defense this year.”
Saryan: “Who was their tight end, though? Remember they took JerMichael Finley in that same draft. And they had Donald Lee as the starter. They don’t have a Donald Lee on this team. Not at that level. Sorry Tyler Davis.”
Butch: “And I’m not saying you do (take Levis at 15, but…
Saryan: “If Will Levis is there at 45, you would.
Butch: “Heck yeah I would!”
Kuhn: “Do you anticipate Jordan Love having success with this team right like it is?”
Butch: “If Matt LaFleur is the coach that everyone says he is, yes. If Kyle Shanahan can have success with Brock Purdy, LaFleur can have success with Love.”
Kuhn: “I’m glad you said that, ‘If Kyle Shanahan can have success with Brock Purdy.’ Look at who’s around Brock Purdy. He had Christian McCaffery, he had George Kittle, he has Deebo Samuel, he has Brandon Aiyuk. That offense has weapons around him! You’re making my case for me! You got to put weapons around Jordan Love!”
For more of the conversation as well as other phenomenal Wisconsin sports talk, listen to the full show at the link above.
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