Harrell, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2008, has never really gotten a shot in the NFL after throwing for 5,111 yards and 45 touchdowns in his senior season. He went undrafted and attended the Cleveland Browns rookie camp in 2009, but wasn’t signed. Harrell wound up playing for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2009 and the team released him in April.
With the Packers, Harrell will join a quarterback group of Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Chris Pizzotti and Noah Shepard. The latter two were also undrafted free agents and according to Greg Bedard, Shepard in particular hasn’t looked very good during OTAs.
We don’t expect Harrell to set the world on fire, but his talents are suited for the West Coast offense and it’s nice to see he’s getting a chance in the league.