I’m kidding, of course.
By now, we all know the story of Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley. He was a pretty good quarterback at UCLA. He entered the draft after his junior season. Most draft “experts” pegged him as the third-best quarterback in the 2015 draft. Hundley said he was hoping to be the first overall pick.
Now, that last part was never going to happen, but no one really saw Hundley being there for the Packers to take in the fifth round.
So did the Packers get a steal?
Well, maybe, but if Hundley turns out to be any good at all, he’ll be an aberration.
ESPN pulled a list of quarterbacks drafted in the fifth round over the past 10 years and here’s the best way to summarize that group — total garbage.
Here they are: John Skelton, Dan Orlovsky, Troy Smith, Josh Johnson, T.J. Yates, Dennis Dixon, Adrian McPherson, Omar Jacobs, Ingle Martin, Jeff Rowe, Erik Ainge, John David Booty, Nate Davis, Rhett Bomar, Jonathan Crompton, Nathan Enderle, Ricky Stanzi, A.J. McCarron and Aaron Murray.
Remember Ingle Martin?
He’s the last quarterback Big Ted drafted in the fifth round. That happened back in 2006. Martin lasted just one season with the Packers.
The guys on that list have a combined 50 career starts. In 10 season, I remind you.
The most notable guy is Detroit Lions great Dan Orlovsky, but only because he did this.
Right out of the back of the end zone!
Surely, there must be a great quarterback drafted in the fifth round somewhere though, right?
Sure, he’s Cleveland’s Bob Waterfield, the only quarterback drafted in the fifth round who’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was drafted in 1944.
Alright, there’s gotta be somebody who was pretty good though, right?
Not lately and by lately, I mean in the past 20 years.
No quarterback drafted in the fifth round in that span has made a single Pro Bowl.
You really have to go back to another guy the Packers drafted in the fifth round — Mark Brunell in 1993 — to find a fifth-round quarterback who’s had some success.
That, is not a good sign, friends.