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.
Green Bay will be lucky to get any draft pick back when dump him on the market next year. I watch almost all of UCLA’s games. His weaknesses; Long, slow release. Inaccurate throws. Poor ball security.
Some people want to be known as the guy that found the next Tom Brady, other people want to be known as the guy that won multiple SB, then there is the guy that wears a hoodie and has already done those things already.
Fuck Tom Brady and the hoodie. That teams whole history deserves an asterisk.
Draft position doesn’t mean everything. Starr was taken in the 17th round. Kurt Warner was an UDFA. Both have been to more Super Bowls than Stafford, Newton, Bradford, Luck, RG3, and Rodgers combined. You get the idea..
It could also be that because they were drafted in the fifth round that they fail to get much opportunities which is critical in this business. It doesn’t really matter what round you got drafted. It’s mostly mental to make it in NFL. Most QB’s have size and athleticism to be a good QB. It’s what’s between the ears that separates the great ones from the failures. We know that Rodgers is pretty damn smart and works hard and that is why he is so successful. Jamarcus Russell was rated highest of all time coming out of college by scouts based on accomplishment in college, size, arm strength and accuracy. He didn’t have it between the ears though. Had a hard time with Wonderlic and lazy as heck.
Russel Wilson on the other hand is a hard worker and is sharp so there you have it. All Hundley has to do is use his head and he can be Russel Wison. He’s got the same athleticism but taller.
Good point sir
17th round???? they had ten more rounds back in Starr’s day?
I am a UCLA fan and will forever be grateful to Brett for what he did for us and for the program. Watching him play, I can tell you he could be both incredible (USC, KState, AZ State) and incredibly frustrating (Utah, Stanford, Oregon).
But “between the ears” he is as solid as they come. I have no doubt he will work hard to learn and get better — I just hope he gets a chance.
I hope he NEVER gets a chance as long as he’s a Packer.
“John David Booty” – Come on you made that one up right?!!!
And of course he’s a bust, he’s a black QB.