Could the Packers be heading back to LSU to get a quarterback in this draft?
Packer Report has learned that the Packers held a formal Scouting Combine interview with Jordan Jefferson.
When Flynn was a senior in Baton Rouge, he led the Tigers to the national championship. When Jefferson was a senior, he led the Tigers to the national championship game, though his performance against Alabama was a disaster, with 11-of-17 acucracy for merely 53 yards and one interception in a 21-0 loss. In nine games in 2011, he completed 61 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and two interceptions.
To be sure, the Packers' interest is in large part on Jefferson's obvious talent. He's 6-foot-4 and can flat-out throw the ball. His 40-yard time of 4.65 seconds ranked third among the 10 quarterbacks.
On the other hand, the Packers no doubt wanted to get inside Jefferson's head during their 15 minutes together. Jefferson's season started with a four-game suspension for his involvement in a fight outside an off-campus bar, to which he pleaded not guilty on Feb. 9 to a charge of simple battery. Then, a month after the loss to Alabama, Jefferson went on an Atlanta radio station and questioned the game plan and the lack of halftime adjustments made by the coaches.
To improve his accuracy, he has been working with former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington at World Class Speed in Boca Raton, Fla. Pennington, with an NFL-record 66.0 career completion percentage, is the perfect fit for Jefferson, who completed 58.5 percent during his LSU career.
"Chad helps me out tremendously,'' Jefferson said. "We've been working two or three times a week and focus on fundamentals and mechanics, making sure I stay coiled. Making sure all my footwork and mechanics are consistent is going to improve my accuracy. He's making sure I make throws with my body, staying balanced, instead of my arm.
"He feels I've made tremendous progress, but I still have more work to do.''
Assuming Flynn departs in free agency, the Packers' quarterback depth behind MVP Aaron Rodgers is Graham Harrell and Nick Hill. Neither have taken a snap in a regular-season game, with Harrell spending most of his two seasons in Green Bay on the practice squad and Hill being a three-year veteran of indoor football. That makes quarterback a major need with, at worst, a mid-round selection in April.
Packer Report reported last week that the Packers used a formal interview on Tennessee-Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman.
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