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Packers sure to be looking hard at later-round QBs

Apr. 13, 2012
 
Wisconsin's Russell Wilson's arm strength and height are a concern to scouts.
Wisconsin's Russell Wilson's arm strength and height are a concern to scouts. / File/AP

The Packers havenít drafted a quarterback since they took Brian Brohm in the second round and Matt Flynn in the seventh round in 2008. Itís a good bet they end that streak this year.

Theyíre looking for a developmental player to compete for the backup job to Aaron Rodgers, so chances also are strong they wonít be looking at taking a quarterback until at least the fourth round and possibly not until the fifth round or later. That probably removes six quarterbacks who figure to go higher than that: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler.

Iíve talked to several scouts about the later-round quarterbacks, and opinions of course vary. Iíll get into these players in far more detail in the Press-Gazetteís position-by-position draft series that starts April 19, but hereís a quick distillation of several prospects based on what Iíve heard so far:

Arizonaís Nick Foles: Great size (6-5, 243) and good arm strength but doesnít play fast. The NFL puts a premium on quick decisions and then quick reactions to execute those decisions.

San Diego Stateís Ryan Lindley: Also has good size (6-3 3/4, 229) but not a particularly accurate thrower; some scouts thought he was plenty smart, others didnít like his decision making and intangibles.

Wisconsinís Russell Wilson: Everybody loved his leadership, intelligence and mobility, but most thought he was too short (5-10 5/8) and not strong-armed enough to do much in the NFL. One scout, thought, loves him and thinks everybody is missing on a future NFL starter.

Boise Stateís Kellen Moore: Consensus is a great football brain but too frail (6-0, 197) and weak armed even to be a No. 2.

Northern Illinoisí Chandler Harnish (6-1 5/8, 219): Interesting later-round type prospect who ran a lot in college but has a a good combination of mobility and arm talent to develop.

Tenneessee-Chattanoogaís B.J. Coleman (6-3, 233): Bigger and stronger-armed than Harnish but not as athletic, and a similar-level prospect with good intangibles.

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