Packers are preparing to select another quarterback in 2024 NFL Draft

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The best time to draft a quarterback is when you don't need one. The Green Bay Packers know that better than any team.

They drafted Jordan Love in the first round four years ago, a decision met with criticism because they already had Aaron Rodgers. It was a similar story when they drafted Rodgers in 2005, with Brett Favre still starting at quarterback.

Love is the Packers' long-term future at quarterback and will land a new contract later this offseason. Green Bay also drafted backup Sean Clifford last year.

However, general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke at the NFL Scouting Combine about wanting to add to the room in 2024.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst wants to add QB competition in 2024 NFL Draft

Ron Wolf loved to draft quarterbacks on Day 3 throughout the Brett Favre era. Ted Thompson drafted five quarterbacks after the Aaron Rodgers selection. It's the Packers way.

Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said he wants to do the same.

"Getting back to drafting multiple quarterbacks is something that I've wanted to do," said Gutekunst. "There's some guys with interesting skill sets that are going to get taken later that might have a pretty good chance to make it."

Love is the Packers' starter, but why not add competition for backup Sean Clifford?

Gutekunst is impressed with what he has seen from Clifford, saying he believes the rookie has "proven he can be a No. 2, maybe more than that."

But regularly drafting and developing quarterbacks is a good habit to get into. It's the most important position in football, and it's smart to keep adding talent to the position. What if Love gets injured? The Packers want a backup—whether it's Clifford or another quarterback—ready to step in.

That approach has benefitted the San Francisco 49ers. They didn't draft Brock Purdy in the seventh round to become their franchise quarterback. But by consistently drafting and developing at the position, they found a talent who stepped in and helped them reach a Super Bowl.

Green Bay is projected to have 11 draft picks this spring, including one in the fifth round, two in the sixth, and two in the seventh.

There's a good chance one of them will be used on a quarterback.

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