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Once Tampa Bay snagged Auburn RB Carnell Williams with the fifth pick while Aaron Rodgers was still on the board, the Cal QB's long afternoon was pretty much sealed.
A combination of factors contributed to Rodgers' draft-day slide to Green Bay at No. 24. First of all, no team drafting after the Bucs in the first round had a pressing need for a quarterback. There also were looming questions about Rodgers' inconsistency on the deep ball and even more troubling to many teams was the "Tedford Factor." Akili Smith, Joey Harrington, Trent Dilfer, David Carr and Kyle Boller all studied under Jeff Tedford in college and none have been as productive as expected. Rodgers is Tedford's latest pupil.
However, Aaron Rodgers' long day waiting to be drafted could end up benefiting the quarterback and the Packers. Rodgers will bring many positives to the NFL. Blessed with good arm strength and above average speed, Rodgers is accurate on underneath routes and played in a pro-style system at Cal. His collegiate training should have him prepared to run Green Bay's West Coast offense and the opportunity to work with and learn from future Hall of Famer Brett Favre for a year or two should expedite his development.
Unlike No.1 pick Alex Smith at San Francisco, Rodgers will not be under pressure to produce right away. The Packers will not be pressured to get him on the field early. It looks like a good fit for both.