It is strange to think that many people thought Aaron Rodgers would be a bust considering what he has managed to achieve since being drafted back in 2005, but that was the consensus back in that year.
According to an article by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NFL scouts told the paper's Bob McGinn their thoughts about the current Green Bay Packers quarterback, with many doubting he could be a success in the league.
The comments about the then 21-year-old varied from comparing him to quarterbacks who hadn't achieved anything in the NFL, to some saying that he panics too much and that he isn't worth a first-round pick.
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Some of the best quotes (and I mean very inaccurate quotes), about Rodgers, include one from an unnamed NFC Scout who simply said: "(Alex) Smith is the better athlete."
An unnamed AFC Scout said: "I don't like him. He's a clone of Harrington and Boller. They all throw the same way. What have those guys done? Nothing. If you take him in the second round, fine. Heady guy. They do a marvelous job of coaching quarterbacks there. I don't think he's as good as the top quarterbacks coming out last year."
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Another unnamed NFC Scout said that Rodgers would be a bust, and that: "there will be more growing pains with Alex Smith but in the end he has a much better chance to be much better."
Overall, many scouts had Alex Smith higher on their draft boards than the quarterback from Cal, which is why he was selected with the first pick by the San Francisco 49ers while Rodgers had to wait until the 24th pick to be drafted by the Packers. At the end of the day, it's the NFC North side that's come out on top.
Since being drafted, the Packers star has won the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl MVP, the NFL MVP award twice, been selected for the Pro Bowl five times, taken the Packers to the playoffs seven times, and was the NFC passing touchdowns leader in 2014.
Smith's career, on the other hand, doesn't live up to the same standards. While he has taken trips to the playoffs with the 49ers and his current team, Kansas City Chiefs, his achievements just don't match up.
To his name, he only has a single Pro Bowl appearance and an NFC Championship in 2012, but that was the same year he lost the starting job at the 49ers to Colin Kaepernick.
After this season with the Chiefs, it looks like Smith is finally coming into his own, but Rodgers has been there for a while. The Packers definitely made the right call back in 2005.