Another QB Possible in UDFA

With Matt Flynn possibly entering his final season in Green Bay and Graham Harrell an unproven commodity, we look at the quarterback situation and the possibilities available in undrafted free agency. Bringing in a fourth quarterback, however, would break recent history.

Six quarterbacks were selected in the first 36 picks of April's draft.

Six more quarterbacks were taken in the rest of the draft.

While the Green Bay Packers are in impeccable hands with Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, Matt Flynn's time in Green Bay is winding down. He's entering the final season of his four-year rookie deal and figures to be an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season, unless the players agree to roll back free agency as a compromise in a new collective bargaining agreement.

"They ran off pretty fast," general manager Ted Thompson said of the quarterbacks after the draft. "If the value would have been there at the right time, we would have done that."

Whether the Packers will sign one in undrafted free agency is anyone's guess. Last year, they went to training camp with Rodgers, Flynn and Graham Harrell. That's been fairly typical. The Packers have had just three quarterbacks in each of the last five camps. The possibility of the lockout either eating into training camp or putting a heightened emphasis on each practice perhaps means they'd stick with their current trio.

But given Flynn's limited future in Green Bay, the Packers need to find another quarterback — unless they seriously think Harrell can win games if pressed into duty as Rodgers' top backup.

"Smart, really instinctive, just really has a very good feel for the game," coach Mike McCarthy said on Sirius XM Radio last month. "Been a very productive college quarterback. He's a perfect example of a quarterback who just didn't have the chance to go and develop and get a year under his belt and go through an offseason. I think you'll see a different level in his performance."

The highest-ranked quarterback who went undrafted, according to the predraft rankings provided to Packer Report by NFL Scouting, was Delaware's Pat Devlin, who was ranked higher than Idaho's Nathan Enderle (fifth round, Chicago) and Alabama's Greg McElroy (seventh round, N.Y. Jets). Devlin completed 68.0 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and three interceptions as a senior.

Arm strength is a major issue for Devlin as well as Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien and North Carolina's T.J. Yates. Tolzien was brilliant as a senior with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions on 72.9 percent accuracy. Yates completed 66.8 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior.

Tyler Potts replaced Harrell at Texas Tech. He threw for 35 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with 67.0 percent accuracy as a senior in a quarterback-friendly scheme. While Potts is a towering 6-foot-4, Minnesota's Adam Weber is 6-foot-1. He started 50 consecutive games but his 72 touchdowns are countered by 51 interceptions. He's tough and a good athlete but plays like he's got a rocket arm rather than an average one.

Two players with intriguing upside for a superb quarterbacks coach like Tom Clements are Josh Portis of California (Pa.) and Adam Froman of Louisville.

Portis (6-foot-3), a good athlete with a strong arm, was Urban Meyer's first recruit at Florida but transferred when stuck behind Tim Tebow. As a senior, he threw for 2,651 yards on 61.2 percent accuracy, with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions against Division II competition. The Packers showed a lot of interest before the draft, with an interview at the Scouting Combine and attendance at his school's pro day as well as Pitt's pro day, where he was brought in to throw for star receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

Froman (6-foot-4) was a junior college All-American. He started 15 games in two seasons at Louisville with 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's a superb athlete, with a 4.54 40 time during on-campus testing. His ability to throw on the move is a good fit for the Packers' scheme.

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