Aaron Rodgers, drafted 24th in 2005 by the Packers, was one of three quarterbacks taken in the first round of the draft that year. The other two, Alex Smith, who was drafted with the first overall selection by the 49ers, and Jason Campbell, who went 25th to the Redskins, have never matched Rodgers for overall production.

Luck of the draw

It is no secret that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is at the top of his game. In just three seasons as the starting quarterback, he has passed for 12,394 yards with just 31 interceptions.
How were the Packers able to get Aaron Rodgers?
It was much more complex than the 24th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.
First, Rodgers had to fall all of the way to the 24th pick. That was not a likely event, as there were only three quarterbacks drafted in the first round that year. Those drafted were Alex Smith, selected with the first overall pick; Rodgers, and Jason Campbell, Washington, who was taken right after Rodgers at 25. Matt Jones was also a quarterback in college, but the Jaguars drafted him 21st as a wide receiver. The 49ers were considering Smith and Rodgers for the first overall pick. Leading up to the draft, Rodgers was projected to go eighth overall to the Cardinals. Instead, the Cardinals drafted cornerback Antrel Rolle. It is a miracle that Rodgers fell to the 24th pick.
Second, of the three quarterbacks selected in the first round, Rodgers is the only one who has proved worthy of a first round pick. Jason Campbell is not even with the Redskins anymore. He was traded to the Raiders for a fourth round pick, showing that he certainly is not worth a first round selection. Alex Smith has been injury prone and has lost his starting job multiple times. In the six years that all three quarterbacks have been in the league, Rodgers is the only one to reach the playoffs.
Let it also not be forgotten that Brett Favre was still the dominant figure in Green Bay when Rodgers was drafted. Rodgers spent three years behind Favre before he was traded to the Jets, while Campbell was given the job in 2007 and Smith started in his rookie year.

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