Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. / File/Press-Gazette Media
Once again this year, Packers beat writer Rob Demovsky will provide a pre-draft breakdown of the Packersí roster at each position heading into the April 25-27 NFL draft.
Hereís the position schedule:
April 10: Defensive line
April 11: Linebackers
April 12: Defensive backs
April 13: Offensive line
April 14: Running backs
April 15: Receivers
April 16: Tight ends
April 18: Special teams
What they have: Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman.
Position analysis: At age 29, Rodgers is in the prime of his career. Heís won a Super Bowl and a Most Valuable Player award. When he signs his contract extension, which could happen at any time, heíll be the highest-paid player in the NFL and perhaps in league history. Though he was not as productive last season as he was during his 2011 MVP season, he still led the league in passer rating (108.0) and was second in touchdown passes (39). He threw for 4,295 yards, but that was only eighth best in the league. Coach Mike McCarthy needs to find a way for Rodgers to be more explosive Ė his yards per attempt dropped from 9.25 in 2011 to 7.78 last season Ė against the high volume of two-high safety defense he has seen in the last year or so. Thereís no reason to start thinking about Rodgersí eventual replacement, but that doesnít mean the backup position is stable. Harrell hasnít had any extended, meaningful regular-season playing time yet. His preseason showing last summer was uneven, although he played behind a poor second unit on the offensive line. The job could be Colemanís to steal, but the former seventh-round draft pick in 2012, who spent all of his rookie season on the practice squad, will have to show major improvement. Said McCarthy recently: ďB.J. has to. Thatís going to be the expectations. Heíll do a great job preparing. The kid loves to work, he loves football.Ē
The future: Coleman was the first quarterback drafted by general manager Ted Thompson since Matt Flynn (seventh round) in 2008. In fact, Thompson has drafted only five quarterbacks in all Ė Rodgers (first round) in 2005, Ingle Martin (fifth round) in 2006, Brian Brohm (second round) and Matt Flynn (seventh round) in 2008 and Coleman (seventh round) in 2012 Ė so itís possible he wonít take one this year unless he and McCarthy donít believe either Harrell or Coleman could hold things together if something happened to Rodgers.