The 24-year-old quarterback prospect out of Vanderbilt has been projected as a late-round draft pick or, at the worst, an undrafted free agent when the NFL Draft concludes on April 27.
Could he end up in Green Bay with his older brother?
The thought certainly has crossed his mind in recent months.
"It would be a great situation to be able to learn first-hand from my brother," Jordan said in an interview with Packer Report on Friday. "The offense I ran at Vanderbilt was very similar because my head coach (James Franklin) was with Green Bay in '05 (as wide receivers coach), so a lot of the verbiage, a lot of the vernacular, is very similar. The pass game concepts, the protection concepts are all very similar, so I think it would be an easy offense for me to pick up. And to be able to learn from my brother first-hand? There's probably no one in the NFL more invested in my development than he would be in any situation I would be in. So, it definitely would be a great situation, but I also love competing against him and I wouldn't mind playing against him someday. Either way, I'd love to play with him or against him."
The younger Rodgers, who did not get invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, had two visits of note with Packers front office personnel during the past couple months — one came at Vanderbilt's pro day in March and the other came at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January. But well before the draft process began, the Packers had intimate knowledge that no other NFL team had.
"They know pretty much everything they need to know about me through my brother," said Jordan. "They know what type of person I am, my background, so there wasn't much digging they had to do."
Aaron has been a valuable resource to Jordan as a workout partner and mentor. While they have followed similar tracks collegiately — both attended Butte Community College before blossoming late at BCS schools — Aaron came into the NFL with a much stronger pedigree. No one will soon forget Aaron waiting painfully to hear his name called in the green room at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York during the 2005 NFL Draft, when he fell from a possible No. 1 overall pick to the Packers at No. 24.
Jordan will have to wait much longer for his name to be called, most likely on the final day of the three-day draft. Even with lower expectations for his draft position, though, Jordan is heeding Aaron's sage advice.
"Don't worry about stuff you can't control," said Jordan. "You can't control what goes on in the draft. The only thing you can control is how hard you work, the training you put in, and then how you perform when you show up at camp. That's why it's a long waiting game. I don't know what's going to happen and it really doesn't matter. I know I'm going to get a shot to get into a camp at some point and I'm going to have to prove that I can play."
While other teams outside of Green Bay have far more pressing needs at quarterback, the Packers' depth at the position certainly is not the strongest. Backup Graham Harrell has spent almost three full years in the Packers' system, yet some questions remain. B.J. Coleman, a rookie seventh-round pick a year ago, is a developmental prospect. There are no other quarterbacks on the roster. The team has had four quarterbacks in past offseasons but often chooses to keep just two on the active roster during the season.
Should Jordan go undrafted, he would consider the Packers as an option should they show interest in him as a free agent.
"Yeah, they definitely would be on my radar," he said. "Me and my agent are going to have to sit back if I get to free agency and really look at rosters and discuss what's going to be the best fit for me. Obviously, that's alluring — to be able to play with my brother and in Green Bay. We're just going to take a step back and look at it with what will be the best situation for me. It might end up being the Packers, it might end up being another team, but hopefully I'll get drafted — someone brings me in and really wants me to play."
Jordan has shown noticeable improvement in two years at Vanderbilt (after a redshirt season). Moving from a part-time starter in 2011 to a full-time starter in 2012, he made his biggest strides in completion percentage (50 percent to 59 percent) and interception rate (4.63 percent to 1.57 percent). His touchdown passes went from nine to 15 and yards per attempt from 7.1 to 8.0.
Improvement in numbers aside, Jordan set out to make his draft preparation a chance to show the scouts that the knocks against him were untrue.
"They needed to see me air the ball out, hit the long throws along the sidelines, hit the throws that a quarterback's going to need to make at the next level," he said. "Supposedly, I had a lack of arm strength so I went out disprove that, and from every scout I talked to, I've got nothing but great feedback about that aspect of my pro day. Since then, I've just been waiting and keep training. I'm back in Chico, Calif., now, my hometown, and I'm just waiting for this process to come to a head with the draft.
"I've gotten good feedback from the coaches I've talked to. They have scouts that believe I'll be a late-round draft pick. But regardless of if I go in the fifth round or the seventh round or if I'm a free agent, I'm going to have to show up and prove that I can play, and so is every other draft pick. It's a business. They're going to cut a fifth-round draft pick as easy as they'll cut a free agent if they don't show up and perform like they're expected to. So, I know I'm going to have to get my foot in the door however that is — through the draft or through free agency — and just prove that I can play."
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Matt Tevsh has covered the Packers since 1996. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org