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There are lots of stories from the 2005 NFL Draft, but ultimately, only one that really matters: How in the world did Aaron Rodgers fall all the way to pick 24? The answer may surprise you. It did us.
Turns out the reason, like the Draft itself, is complicated. It has to do with salary caps, Rodgers’s arm angle, coaches on the hot seat and maybe even the Senior Bowl. No need to reveal any spoilers here, because while the factors surrounding Rodgers’s free fall can be debated, the emotional impact of his day would be hard to argue. It was agonizing watching a young man on the cusp of reaching his dream twist in the wind for more than 5 hours. A truly awful day. But, in truth, awfully good television.
And an awfully interesting Draft to boot. For the first time ever, three running backs were taken in the first five picks. But it was the third round which saw the two most interesting running backs taken. And don’t forget the half dozen wide receivers selected in the first round. Even if some teams fans would prefer it.
The best part of the 2005 draft is that Aaron’s rotten day turned out to be more a curiosity than a curse. I think it’s fair to say, things have worked out just fine for him. Can’t say the same for all of the twenty-three picks that came before him.
To hear more stories from 2005, get Caught in the Draft, Thursday April 29th at 9 p.m. Eastern, only on NFL Network.
The Caught in the Draft series is produced by David Plaut & Neil Zender