In Day 3 of our Green Bay Packers draft preview, here is a look at the quarterbacks.
Packers depth chart
Aaron Rodgers is the leader of the Pack, not just the leader of the quarterbacking pack. Not only is he a Super Bowl champion and NFL MVP, but he’s the NFL’s career leader in passer rating, points per start and lowest interception percentage. Graham Harrell was Rodgers’ backup for all of last season and 2012 seventh-round pick B.J. Coleman toiled on the practice squad.
Packers draft outlook
Quarterback certainly isn’t the most pressing issue entering this draft but it’s one of the more intriguing. Harrell certainly is limited as the backup but the Packers thought enough of him to essentially hand him the job last summer. Coleman, a scout told us last year, had the tools to reward the Packers with a pair of first-round picks in a trade in a few years. Has Coleman shown enough progress to be the No. 2, with a quarterback drafted or signed to be the new No. 3? Or, from an opposite viewpoint, do the Packers want to bring in a challenger for Coleman?
“B.J. has some physical tools,” quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo said at the end of last season. “He’s an eager guy. He’s very eager to learn, wants to learn, is excited to learn. And he did a nice job for us on the look team this year. He has some physical tools to develop. It’s too early to say (if he’s got starter potential). We’ll take a look at him in the offseason program and see what he can handle and push him.”
While we certainly don’t know everything, we do know the Packers have had at least one quarterback in for a pre-draft visit, so the position is at least on the radar.
Strength of draft class
This is not 2012, when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went first and second and Ryan Tannehill was taken eighth. This year, there’s a good chance that no quarterbacks will be taken in the top eight. That’s not to say there’s not some good talent at quarterback. As many as four quarterbacks carry first-round grades — West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and USC’s Matt Barkley — depending on the skill-set sought by the team doing the grading.
Bottom of the first (round)
Just about every position could be in play for the Packers at No. 26. Obviously, quarterback is not one of those positions.
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