Packers draft class given an average grade by Sports Illustrated

Jordan Love (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Jordan Love (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

Sports Illustrated weighs in on the Packers’ draft class.

For the most part, the Green Bay Packers‘ 2020 draft class didn’t go down too well with either fans or analysts.

Seemingly ignoring their biggest positions of need, the Packers surprisingly moved up for quarterback Jordan Love late in the first round and then doubled-down with another unexpected pick in the second, selecting running back AJ Dillon.

As ever, we won’t know whether this class was a successful one for a few years, but we can make predictions based on each player’s potential.

Packers draft earns a C- grade by Sports Illustrated

Rob Rang of Sports Illustrated has graded each draft class around the league, and he gave the Packers a C-. That’s far kinder than many other analysts have been since last month’s draft.

Rang gives a fair and detailed assessment of the draft class, explaining why Jordan Love is the team’s best player in the draft and why Dillon was their best value.

And I agree with his assessment on Dillon. While adding a running back this high might be considered a reach, especially after Aaron Jones’ breakout season, Dillon is a completely different player to Jones and can give the backfield something it lacks. I’ll be interested to see how Matt LaFleur plans to use both running backs this year.

Jordan Love will determine the success of this draft

Love will ultimately determine the success of this draft class. If he develops into a star quarterback, or even if he’s close to the elite tier of QBs in this league, it’ll be considered a great move.

But if he never quite lives up to his potential and is an average starting quarterback, or worse, the pick will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, no matter how the other selections perform.