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Boy, Did They Love That Brian Brohm Pick

Back in 2008, Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, who many considered the best quarterback in the draft, slipped to the Green Bay Packers in the second round. Ted Thompson pounced, setting up what could have been a competition between Aaron Rodgers and Brohm.

As you will probably recall, Brett Favre had “retired” and Rodgers hadn’t yet started a game.

Brohm was coming off a senior season in which he threw for 4,024 yards and 30 touchdowns.

What did the talking heads have to say?

Merril Hoge: “I do like Brohm better than Aaron Rodgers with where Rodgers is right now in his career.”

Toddy McShay: “I honestly think Brian Brohm, two years from now, could be the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. It would not shock me at all… I think Brian Brohm’s upside is greater than that of Aaron Rodgers.”

Brian Brohm looked shellshocked at the speed of the NFL game during his first preseason.

He was kept on the roster in 2008, but the second-string job was handed to seventh-round pick Matt Flynn, who clearly outplayed Brohm that preseason.

In 2009, the Brohm was again horrible in the preseason. The Packers cut him, put him on the practice squad and he was claimed by the Buffalo Bills. Brohm never threw a pass for the Packers, spent one season as a third-string QB and then was released the following training camp, something unheard of for a second-round pick in his second season.

Brohm lasted two years in Buffalo, played in three games, threw for 252 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions.

Fortunately, Aaron Rodgers turned out to be okay.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Deepsky April 27, 2017

    No kidding about this awful pick. I remember reading all they hype on Brohm and thinking the Packers may have gotten a steal. And then he played and he was awful. By this time Rodgers was looking pretty good in the preseason and when he came in and played at Dallas in 2007, he looked much better than Favre.

    And there were many bust predictions for Rodgers right up before the 2005 draft.

  2. arthur lee April 27, 2017

    Just another example why these tv guys are a joke and not worth the time listening to.

    1. PF4L April 27, 2017

      Exactly…That’s why i mostly stay away from draft discussions…Everyone’s a fucking expert, but in reality, they really don’t have a clue. I just just skip all that mental masturbation and wait to see who the Packers picked, and even then, we still don’t have a clue if they translate to the NFL. If Ted picks a player or two in the draft who can actually play in the NFL… i consider that a huge win….sort of

      I read all these writers saying…if the Packers get a edge rusher, if they get a blue chip corner, if Jahri Evans holds down the right guard spot, if we draft a decent ilb, if we can find decent defensive lineman, if we get a good rb…….HOLY SHIT!!