For many Green Bay Packers fans, the NFL Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year, unless the Green and Gold is in the Super Bowl.

The NFL Draft 2021 will begin this Thursday, April 29, and end on Saturday, May 1. The first round will take place on Thursday with rounds two and three on Friday. The last four rounds will be Saturday.

Last year, only General Manager Brian Gutekunst knew how strongly a quarterback was on the Packers’ draft radar, and the first-round selection of ?Jordan Love? surprised many.

This year, it’s safe for anyone to say the position is not a high priority for Green Bay, as their 1-2 for 2021 is set with MVP ?Aaron Rodgers? and Love.

But the Packers do need a third one, so quarterbacks are still under consideration in the draft, even if the state of the position precludes any serious discussion of selecting one until at least the later rounds.

Rodgers is coming off his third MVP season, an historic achievement in its own right earned via a rather historic year. He set franchise records with 48 TD passes and a completion percentage of 70.72. Plus, his league-best 121.5 passer rating fell just one rating point shy of his own NFL record of 122.5 set back in 2011, his first MVP year.

Rodgers reached a masterful command of Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s offensive system in just his second year running it, and the results were evident to all. The Packers once again fell one game short of the Super Bowl, similar to 2019, but the 2020 offense was on a different level and one of the best in the league (first in points, first in red-zone TD percentage, second in third-down efficiency).

Love, meanwhile, spent his entire rookie year as a game-day inactive, and the COVID-19 pandemic prevented him from getting to play in even a preseason game last season. But the No. 26 overall pick in last year’s draft from Utah State is naturally moving up to be Rodgers’ No. 2 this year, as the Packers let their previous top backup, Tim Boyle, leave via free agency for the Detroit Lions.

As the No. 2, Love will get more snaps than a year ago with the first-team offense in practice, and he’ll take the majority of the scout team reps as well. His workload will ramp up considerably now that he’s spent a full year learning LaFleur’s system, and preseason games are slated to return, which will be important in his development.

The Packers still need to bring in a third quarterback. It’s just a question of whether they will draft one with a late-round pick or sign an undrafted rookie to come in behind their established 1-2.

By the way, the first game is only four months away!