"Aaron's extremely athletic," McCarthy said Wednesday at the league owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. "I've said this before, I did not evaluate him properly in the movement phase of quarterback play when he came out of college. I did not see the athletic ability at Cal-Berkeley that I've been able to witness since we've worked together since my arrival here."
McCarthy was the offensive coordinator at San Francisco in 2005 when Rodgers entered the draft after starring for two years at Cal. Rodgers distinguished himself as a passer in Jeff Tedford's system, pulling the ball down just 160 times for 336 yards on the ground.
After the 49ers passed on Rodgers to take quarterback Alex Smith with the first pick in the 2005 draft, Rodgers fell all the way to the Packers at No. 24 in the first round.