Draft Exclusive: Pack Works Out QB

A source told Packer Report that this quarterback worked out for the team on his campus on Monday. "The Packers are a great organization and I would love to play in Green Bay," he told us on Tuesday in our latest draft exclusive.

The Green Bay Packers worked out Virginia quarterback Marc Verica on Monday, a source told Packer Report on Tuesday.

Verica was the starter for most of his sophomore season and all 12 games as a senior. Running a new, pro-style system in 2010, he completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. With 22 touchdown passes and 31 interceptions in 24 career starts, he's not likely to be drafted, but with a good combination of arm strength and an ability to throw on the run, he could push Graham Harrell to be the third quarterback if signed by the Packers.

"Any opportunity to throw in front of NFL scouts, it's always great and it's something that you've got to take advantage of," Verica told Packer Report on Tuesday. "The Packers are a great organization and I would love to play in Green Bay."

The Packers and Broncos conducted the workout. It was a huge day for Verica, who wasn't invited to the Scouting Combine and was relegated to playing in the inaugural Eastham Energy College All-Star Game instead of the prestigious Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game or even the NFLPA Game (formerly Texas vs. the Nation). He was clearly the best quarterback in that game — which included Minnesota's Adam Weber, Mississippi's Jeremiah Masoli and Angelo State's Josh Neiswander — with 14-of-18 accuracy.

An economics major and team captain, Verica has the intangibles the Packers covet.

"First and foremost, I'm a great teammate," he said. "I care a lot about the coaches and the players and the entire culture of the team. I always put the team first, so I would say that's probably my greatest strength. Following that, I'm a guy who stays around the football office to lift and run and throw and watch film. I think those are very important traits to have, really for any player, but certainly being a quarterback."

Verica helped a young offense grow after a change in schemes and coaches. New coach Mike London hired Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor to run the Cavaliers' offense. While Virginia went just 4-8, the Verica-led offense went from the bottom of the ACC pecking order to third. Still, there were growing pains.

"You're trusting the receivers to be at a certain spot at a certain time, so you're throwing to the spot before they're even there," Verica said. "There's definitely going to be times when there might be a miscommunication or you'll be a step too late or too early and there's an interception. The important thing is to come back from that and be able to respond with a positive play."

The 6-foot-2 Verica is the 36th-ranked quarterback prospect, according to NFL Draft Scout. Chris Steuber, Scout.com's former draft analyst who now serves as director of player personnel for the Arena Football League's Georgia Force, said Verica "has some Schaub in him," referring to Houston Texans standout Matt Schaub, a former Virginia standout.

Verica said there's "no question" he can make it in the NFL.

"I feel as if I belong," he said. "I feel very comfortable in grasping offenses. I played in an NFL offense already, and that's an advantage of mine that a lot of quarterbacks can't say that they have. In my mind, I feel as if I belong. I'm just looking for an opportunity, and when I get that opportunity, I'm going to make the most of it."

And he'd be thrilled to get that opportunity in Green Bay.

"Believe it or not, and this is not because you write for the Packers, but I do enjoy watching Aaron Rodgers a lot," Verica said. "He's got a great command, he's got a presence to him. He's got a great arm and he's deceptively athletic. He moves well and it seems like he's a smart and humble guy. I could only dream to become that kind of player to be winning Super Bowls and be the MVP."

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