5 star players the Packers could have drafted instead of Jordan Love

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The Green Bay Packers won't give up on Jordan Love anytime soon, nor should they. Green Bay drafted Love in the first round before spending three years developing him. He deserves time to prove himself as the Packers' starting quarterback.

The Love pick will forever define Brian Gutekunst's tenure as general manager. If Love becomes the Packers' next franchise quarterback, Gutekunst looks like a genius. If Green Bay is searching for Love's replacement in the not-too-distant future, Gutekunst takes the blame for making such a bold move while Aaron Rodgers' Super Bowl window remained open.

Imagine Gutekunst had gone all-in with Rodgers rather than drafting his replacement. Which five players could the Packers have drafted in the first round ahead of Love in 2020?

5. Antoine Winfield Jr.

Safety wasn't a major need for the Packers in 2020, as they had Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage starting. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed a future Pro Bowler when they selected Antonie Winfield Jr. in the second round.

Winfield has become one of the league's best safeties, and his presence in the Packers' secondary could've made a difference during the team's playoff games. He played a starring role in the Buccaneers' championship run in his rookie season, making two pass defenses and an interception in the Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 50 career starts for the Bucs, Winfield has 21 pass defenses, four interceptions, 11 sacks, and has forced eight fumbles. He is a game-changer in Tampa Bay's secondary and was named a Pro Bowler in 2021.

It wouldn't have taken long for Winfield to win a starting job ahead of Savage, and he could've taken the Packers' secondary to the next level.