Giants spoiled Packers’ NFL Draft plan with Aaron Rodgers trouble brewing

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As the Packers continue to work on persuading Aaron Rodgers to stay with the team, the organization lost one of their preferred targets in the 2021 NFL Draft to the Giants.

The Athletic reported that Green Bay was “extremely high” on wide receiver Kadarius Toney and had their “fingers crossed” he would fall into their range in the first round. But the Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman spoiled that, selecting the Florida product at No. 20 overall after trading back.

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst revealed Thursday night that he explored trading up in the first round, but ultimately stayed at No. 29 and drafted cornerback Eric Stokes out of Georgia.

Green Bay wasn’t the only team with their eyes on Toney. The Jaguars were reportedly prepared to take Toney at No. 25, so the Packers would’ve had to make an aggressive move if they really wanted him. Green Bay, however, seemingly lacked the draft capital to make a big leap in the first round.

Kadarius Toney; Aaron Rodgers
Kadarius Toney; Aaron Rodgers
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The Packers have been criticized for not prioritizing skill players in the draft to help Rodgers win a second Super Bowl. The issue reached a fever pitch last year when they traded up to select Jordan Love to one day replace Rodgers.

Rodgers has reportedly told teammates and members of the organization that he does not plan on returning to the team next season as he tries to force a trade.

Gutekunst has said he is confident that the fact the team has stayed competitive will incline Rodgers to stay with the team. The Packers have brought back all but two starters from last year’s squad, which went 13-3 and reached the NFC Championship for a second straight season.

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