Best: Aaron Rodgers, 2005
Much like when the Packers drafted Jordan Love three years ago, the Packers made a bold call to select Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Similar to when Love arrived, Green Bay already had a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback leading the offense. Also like Love, Rodgers had to wait three seasons for his opportunity.
And it was worth the wait.
In 15 years with 223 starts, Rodgers threw for 58,726 yards, 474 touchdowns, and 104 interceptions with a passer rating of 103.8. He won four NFL MVP awards, made 10 Pro Bowls, five All-Pros, and led the Packers to a championship in 2010, in which he was named Super Bowl MVP.
Rodgers will be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer.
In 2005, Ted Thompson stayed true to his draft board. The Packers didn't need a quarterback, but Rodgers was the best player available.
Green Bay landed a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback with the 24th overall pick and without needing to trade up. There was some luck that he fell, of course, but unlike the 23 previous teams, Thompson was willing to draft him.
And it was a decision that launched a historic chapter in Packers history, helping bring home another Lombardi Trophy.