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Packers sure to be looking hard at later-round QBs

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The Packers haven't drafted a quarterback since they took Brian Brohm in the second round and Matt Flynn in the seventh round in 2008. It's a good bet they end that streak this year. They're looking for a developmental player to compete for the backup job to Aaron Rodgers, so  chances also are strong they won't 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. I've talked to several scouts about the later-round quarterbacks, and opinions of course vary. I'll get into these players in far more detail in the Press-Gazette's position-by-position draft series that starts April 19, but here's a quick distillation of several prospects based on what I've heard so far: Arizona's Nick Foles: Great size (6-5, 243) and good arm strength but doesn't play fast. The NFL puts a premium on quick decisions and then quick reactions to execute those decisions. San Diego State's 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 didn't like his decision making and intangibles. Wisconsin's 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 State's Kellen Moore: Consensus is a great football brain but too frail (6-0, 197) and weak armed even to be a No. 2. Northern Illinois' 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-Chattanooga's 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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