Predraft Visit: All Jensen Has Done Is Win

North Dakota State's Brock Jensen put up impressive numbers en route to guiding his team to a third consecutive national championship. He's been a man in demand — "It's pretty crazy," he said — including his workout and visit with the Packers.

It might read as just a feel-good story that the Green Bay Packers brought in Brock Jensen for a predraft visit.

After all, the North Dakota State quarterback was a high school star at Waupaca, which is located about an hour west of Green Bay.

This is more than just a feel-good story. Jensen, who led Waupaca to a state title as a senior, led North Dakota State to three consecutive FCS national championships and closed his career with 24 consecutive victories. And before you knock the competition, Jensen led the Bison to victories over Kansas State in 2013, Colorado State in 2012 and Minnesota in 2011.

"I grew up a Packers fan, obviously, being from Waupaca," Jensen said. "Of course, I've loved the Green and Gold ever since I've been little. But I have to be pretty flexible to go wherever. It would be a great honor to put on the Green and Gold but however the situation plays out, I'll be blessed either way."

Following his junior season, Jensen start thinking that the NFL would be a realistic possibility with a good senior season. Jensen was beyond good. In 15 games, he threw for 2,793 yards on 66.3 percent accuracy, with 34 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He added 479 yards (4.8 average) and 10 more touchdowns on the ground.

Jensen was more than just the driver of a well-oiled machine. In a 24-21 win at Kansas State — which was coming off a Big 12 championship — to open the season, Jensen guided an 18-play, 80-yard touchdown drive for the winning points. He completed passes to convert a third-and-11, third-and-7 and a third-and-3, then scored the touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 28 seconds remaining.

In the Bison's only other close game of the season, Jensen led a rally from a 23-10 fourth-quarter deficit with back-to-back touchdown drives against Northern Iowa. The first of those touchdowns was a 6-yard toss on fourth-and-goal.

"The biggest thing, especially at quarterback, is winning football games. That's definitely something I've done," Jensen said. "I went 48-5 as a starter and one of those losses I got hurt in the first quarter. I take a great deal of pride in it. It's probably the record (that's most meaningful) because, at quarterback, you want to put your team in position to win games and that's something I helped do over the course of my career."

Along with the visit, the 6-foot-3 Jensen also worked out for Packers scout Alonzo Dotson on campus. Without the benefit of a Scouting Combine, this might have been a pressure-packed audition. However, Jensen called it a "pretty relaxed environment." He threw between 30 and 35 passes to a pair of receivers.

"After that, we were done and he said, ‘Really good job today. Good workout. We'll be in touch.' And that's how things got left," Jensen said.

Jensen, who ran his 40 in an impressive 4.70 seconds at pro day, operated a similar offense to that run by the Packers. It's a West Coast-based system with multiple formations, a run-pass balance, play-action passing and a lot of under-center rather than shotgun.

"It's just the language that's going to change," he said. "Football's not going to change a whole lot. As far as schemes, you can only do so much. It's the language that will be the biggest adjustment."

The NFL has been Jensen's dream for as long as he can remember. In about two weeks, that dream will come true, whether he's a seventh-round pick or wooed as a priority free agent. The trip to Green Bay was one of at least six, including Cleveland and Cincinnati this week.

"It's an awesome situation to be in. It's pretty crazy," he said. "These last couple months have been very busy. It's just been one thing after another. Man, I've never signed with an NFL team so I can't tell you what that feeling's going to be like but I'm sure it's going to be pretty exciting and pretty surreal. I'm looking forward to the next level and the challenge that it's going to bring. I'll be ready."

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