Camp Preview: Battle at QB

Will the Packers go into the regular season with three quarterbacks — and if so, will it be Graham Harrell or some undrafted rookie who will be a mile behind in terms of knowing the offense?

With Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn solidified as the starter and backup, respectively, the only question is who will be the No. 3.

As it stands, Graham Harrell is the leader in the clubhouse as the only other quarterback on the roster. The Packers didn't use any of their five sixth- and seventh-round picks on a developmental prospect, though general manager Ted Thompson admitted after the draft that a young arm was a priority that just didn't meet with the talent available.

Harrell, who set scores of records at Texas Tech, was really the big loser during the lockout. Rodgers and Flynn made tremendous strides during the quarterbacks school led by coach Mike McCarthy and position coach Tom Clements, but Harrell was deprived of that opportunity. He showed a real feel for the passing game during training camp but lacks an NFL-caliber arm. An offseason with Clements would have helped alleviate that weakness.

With talk of a 90-man training camp roster and with the need to find another young arm with Flynn likely to walk as an unrestricted free agent following the 2011 season, Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy no doubt have weighed the possibility of signing an undrafted free agent against the available reps needed to get Rodgers and Flynn ready to roll after the offseason was ruined by the lockout.

Here are five possibilities: Delaware's Pat Devlin, who looks like a prototype West Coast passer. Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien, who has the intelligence and decision-making that McCarthy loves. Minnesota's Adam Weber, an undersized passer with a gunslinging mentality. Louisville's Adam Froman, who is a tremendous athlete. California-Pennsylvania's Josh Portis, who tore up Division II, has a strong arm and is a terrific athlete. From a pure developmental standpoint, Portis might have the most upside of the bunch. Two other names worth remembering: Kansas State's Chase Coffman, the son of former Packers tight end Paul Coffman, and Hillsdale's Troy Weatherhead, who set an all-divisions record for completion percentage as a senior.


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