Aaron Rodgers benefited from delays

Unlike Alex Smith, QB had to wait hours on draft day and years in Green Bay

Updated: January 25, 2011, 1:52 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

It lays out so beautifully now, doesn't it? It's just like they drew it up.

That time in the green room -- the four hours and 35 minutes Aaron Rodgers spent waiting to hear his name called in the 2005 NFL draft -- was divine intervention, not humiliation on a stick. Getting passed over by 21 teams, including the one that was seriously flirting with making him the No. 1 pick, was but a footnote to greatness.

Being chosen by a Green Bay franchise featuring a future ...

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