The Packers have selected just one quarterback in the past five drafts, which perhaps explains their predicament when Aaron Rodgers was lost for half the season last year with a broken collarbone.
The Packers seemed ill prepared at backup quarterback, with Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Vince Young bombing out in training camp and the Packers scrambling to fill in behind Rodgers with late signees Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien.
The Packers got lucky when former Rodgers backup Matt Flynn was available last November. After re-signing Flynn earlier this month and with the anticipation Tolzien will develop, the Packers seem much better off now than they were a year ago, which means general manager Ted Thompson could get away with not drafting a quarterback for the fifth time in six years.
Thompson has drafted just five quarterbacks overall in nine years. He hit the jackpot by taking Rodgers with his first pick as Packers GM, and landed Flynn, a credible backup, in the seventh round in 2008.
In the fifth in a blog series ranking Thompsonís draft picks by position, I assess his crop of quarterbacks, from best to worst.
1-Aaron Rodgers, first round, 2005
Some will argue Thompson got lucky when Rodgers, who was projected as a top-10 pick, fell to the Packers at No. 24 overall. But Thompson deserves credit for taking Rodgers even though Brett Favre was still in his prime. It was Thompsonís best overall pick and has allowed the Packers to be playoff contenders almost every year, and a Super Bowl champion following the 2010 season.
2-Matt Flynn, seventh round, 2008
He seems like the perfect backup and a real find in the seventh round. Flynn has proven capable of coming on in relief and picking up needed victories in the absence of Rodgers. Thatís all you should really expect in a backup QB. In stints with Seattle, Oakland and Buffalo, Flynn didnít look like a capable full-time starter, but he has found his niche in Green Bay as Rodgersí top backup.
3-Brian Brohm, second round, 2008
As the 56th overall pick, he was a bust with the Packers. He got beat out by Flynn, who was taken 153 picks later, for the backup job behind Rodgers. It could be argued he should be lower on this list based on high expectations and low production, but he did wind up making one career start in Buffalo. His two seasons with the Bills were uneventful and he finished his career with no touchdown passes, five interceptions and a 26.0 passer rating.
4-Ingle Martin, fifth round, 2006
He was taken 148th overall, lasted one season with the Packers, appeared in one game but never threw a pass. With Favre and Rodgers ahead of him on the depth chart, he never had a chance.
5-B.J. Coleman, seventh round, 2012
He was selected with the 243rd overall pick and struggled to learn the offense and never made it out of his second training camp, even though the Packers' backup job was there for the taking.