Draft prospect: Charlie Frye

With Brett Favre in the twilight of his career, the Green Bay Packers are expected to select a quarterback in the April 23-24 NFL Draft. It is very possible that the Packers may use one of their top three selections in the first two rounds on a quarterback. Some experts feel that Green Bay will take Akron's Charlie Frye, if available, with one of their top three selections.<p>

Frye re-wrote many records while at Akron, a Mid-American Conference school and the same conference that boasts Marshall's Chad Pennington (New York Jets), Byron Leftwich (Jacksonville) and Miami of Ohio's Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh).

Other top quarterbacks in this year's draft include Aaron Rodgers (California), Alex Smith (Utah), Jason Campbell (Auburn), and Adrian McPherson (Florida State).

Here is a closer look at Frye from notes compiled by scout.com and cbs.sportsline.com:

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 225

40 time: 4.88

Year: 5Sr

High School: Attended Willard (Ohio) High, playing football for coach Chris Hawkins … Finished his career as the holder of 17 of the school's all-time records, including pass completions (482), passing yards (6,209) and touchdown passes (54) … Named Northwest District Player of the Year as he led Willard to a 10-2 mark and a state playoff berth as a senior … Also earned first-team All-Ohio Division III honors.

Bio: Four-year starter and All-Conference quarterback who owns 54 of the school's passing and total offense records. In 46 games, Frye completed 913 of 1,436 passes (63.6 percent) for 11,049 yards, 64 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He added 429 yards and 19 scores on 375 carries (1.1 avg), giving him 11,478 yards and 87 touchdowns in total offense.

Talked into returning to school for his final season, Frye operated with an offense that was missing nine key contributors from the previous year. Even with those departures, Frye continued to shine. He completed 220 of 346 passes (63.6 percent) for 2,623 yards, 18 touchdowns and only eight interceptions, but was sacked 38 times.

His 11,049 yards passing rank third in conference annals and 15th in NCAA Division 1-A history, while his 11,478 yards in total offense rank second on the MAC career record list and tenth in NCAA history.

Positives: Nice-sized passer and a natural, smart leader. Sets up in the pocket with good footwork, remains poised and goes through receiver progressions, buying time for wideouts. Displays good field awareness and very good at finding the open wideout. Throws with an over-the-top delivery displaying zip on the short throws and the ability to quickly get the ball into the intended target's hands. Tough competitor who plays while injured. A starter since his second collegiate game, Frye will stand in vs. the blitz and while he does take a lot of hits, he has the toughness that only Brett Favre can rival.

Negatives: Steps out of throws on occasion, which adversely affects his accuracy. Possesses a solid arm, yet does not have the gun to drive deep throws. ... Fast and elusive on the run and he's strong, but needs to secure the ball better. … Can break tackles and move the chains, but used to hold the ball too low, resulting in him having several fumbles taking hits. ... Despite his quick overhead release when throwing from the pocket, he can get a little inconsistent (tends to get side-armed) when throwing on the move (has a lower release rolling out of the pocket and does not set his feet well).

Analysis: A signal caller who's displayed progress throughout his college career, Frye offers both the physical and mental intangibles for the next level. More athletic than given credit for and can be used in a variety of passing offenses.

Injury report: 2002: Played with a fractured right thumb in the final nine games of the season after suffering the injury vs. Central Michigan.

2003: Suffered a right hip pointer in the Connecticut game, which kept him on the bench (played later) vs. Marshall. Re-injured the hip vs. Central Michigan, but played with the injury in the 2003 season finale vs. Ohio University.

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