GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers traded up late in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft on Thursday night, using the 26th pick to select the potential heir to Aaron Rodgers: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

The Packers haven't drafted an offensive skill-position player in the first round since they took Rodgers in 2005, and Love's selection ends the longest active such drought in the NFL.

Love told ESPN's Suzy Kolber shortly after the selection: "I'm already knowing I can learn a lot from Aaron Rodgers. I mean, that's one of the GOATs right there in the game. I'm excited to be able to come back behind him and learn as much as I can."

Love becomes just the third Mountain West Conference quarterback taken in the first round in the common draft era (since 1967), joining Alex Smith (Utah) in 2005 and Josh Allen (Wyoming) in 2018.

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