The Green Bay Packers traded up in the fifth round of the NFL Draft to select UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.
And there’s your long-term backup for Aaron Rodgers.
We knew the Packers were interested in drafting a quarterback this year. Matt Flynn’s tenure in Green Bay is obviously over and the team had Baylor QB Bryce Petty in for a pre-draft visit. Petty went in the fourth round to the New York Jets.
There’s a lot to like about Hundley, who some had as the third-ranked quarterback in this draft.
In 2014, Hundley threw for 3,155 yards, 22 TDs and five interceptions. He also ran for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Hundley is an athletic quarterback, plain and simple.
So what else is there to like?
Hundley has prototype size at 6-3, 226. He’s tough, can make all the throws and is obviously mobile.
What’s not to like?
The biggest knock on Hundley is lack of pocket awareness. A number of scouts have also said he doesn’t make reads adequately.
Obviously, there was a reason he fell to the fifth round and there they are. Hundley got by on his athleticism a lot at UCLA.
That being said, there might not be a better situation for him. He’s not going to be expected to push for a starting spot. Hundley can sit back and learn from Aaron Rodgers and get coached up by Mike McCarthy.
Here’s the NFL.com scouting report.
Hundley flashes athleticism and talent, but his basic quarterbacking issues will take time to improve. In 2014, more than 54 percent of his pass attempts were from six yards and in, including 29 percent from behind the line of scrimmage, which is nothing like an NFL offense. Hundley is a “flash” prospect who shows the physical tools to be a starter, but his internal clock and issues with reads and progressions must be improved to give him a shot at becoming a decent NFL starter.
Our guess is Scott Tolzien remains the Packers No. 2 this year and Hundley gets a roster spot as the No. 3.
Can he play ILB?
Amazing he fell this far, nothing to lose. Great pick at this spot, I don’t think many people would have been that surprised to see this guy go at the end of day 1
Can someone explain to me how this team is going into 2015 with the linebacking core it currently has? This organization is seriously going with Carl Bradford? WOW!
Last year they started with Brad Jones and AJ Hawk and all anybody wanted in the draft the prior year was help in the secondary. And if AR would have gotten it done in the Redzone against Seattle in the first half they would have made the SB. Name me the top 5 ILBs in football in the next 10 seconds, you can’t name 3. Not that important.
good one! that post should shut up the chanters:
I-L-B! I-L-B! I-L-B! ad nauseum…
If you look at the linebackers available when we picked Hundley it was a great value pick
I’m not interested in value picks at this point, and you shouldn’t be either. Ted never trades “his players” so what value does Hundley have to this team other than as a glorified practice player? He’ll be a 3rd stringer for the next two years then be DFA’d. Awesome value!
What about addressing tight-end? Richard Rogers is our guy now? Jesse James was available! You mean to tell me that Rodgers couldn’t use a 6’7 tight-end? Neiron Bell was still on the board, coulda used him!
There are better players on the board who could actually help in 2015 as opposed to 2030
I agree with the sentiment regarding TE and ILB. Getting a possible great backup QB may however be a reasonable pick. The first three picks were IMO totally fucked and wasted picks for the positions that were chosen when it is obvious that we need help at the aforementioned positions. I am seriously starting to wonder if TT had one too many concussions during his football days . . . Two PROJECTS out of the first three picks?
Aaron Rodgers: “nowhere in my contract does it say I have to train Brett”.
ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!
Screw the ILBs. This defense is gonna start 6 pass rushers and 5 safeties. It’ll revolutionize the game.
Yall are ignorant of you think we didn’t need a backup or viable successor to Rodgers. This was a solid pick. Also, Ted thinks he’s got his linebackers already.
I used to be a Thompson hater too who would watch the draft and rush to the message board to complain when he picked a small school dude I had never heard of, or a “project,” or “best player available” when there were still big names available. But now TT has built up enough credibility with me I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. We have the highest percentage of our own players on our roster than any team and we’re legitimate contenders every year. I see the need at linebacker and other positions but it’s naive to think the war room for the Packers aren’t aware of it too and have no plan. One thing I do know is that injuries the past few seasons have killed us from lack of depth so I’m ok with picking up BPA. Football is too physical a sport to just focus on who we’re gonna get to start at such-and-such position. There are going to be people cut and unsigned draftees to bring in. Guess I’ll wait and see how it shakes out. Go Pack!
Passing league- teams need 4-5 covers now. Back up qb is necessity. Big athletic full back to block for Lacy. If Rodgers punches the ball into the endzone just one more time we probably win the SB. Most of you are acting like we have holes all over the team. Clay changed that whole defense around moving to ILB- he is staying put.
Yawn. Athletic but cant read defenses…54% of his passes 6 yards or less….yakkity yak.
Black QB in Green Bay.
Hope he gets trades next year.
Funny how quickly all you Tolzein lovers jumped off his bandwagon the second we draft a Black QB.