Combine Preview: Quarterbacks

You know who the big guns are, but who are the late-round quarterbacks who may interest the Packers? There will be 19 quarterbacks attending the Combine, and we tell you about the seven who have the ingredients to catch on as a developmental prospect.

The NFL's ultimate job interview, the Scouting Combine, begins on Wednesday in Indianapolis, with the first on-the-field workouts starting on Friday.

Packer Report gets you ready for the Combine with a position-by-position look at the 329 players on the invitation list.


State of the Packers

With Pro Bowler Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are blessed to be one of the 10 teams in the league who are set with a young, proven passer. By all appearances, Matt Flynn would prevent the Packers from sinking like a stone if Rodgers went down for a game or two. The Packers could be in the market for a developmental quarterback with a late-round pick.

Combine guest list

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

Levi Brown, Troy

Jarrett Brown, West Virginia

Sean Canfield, Oregon State

Daryll Clark, Penn State

Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

Armanti Edwards, Appalachian St.

Max Hall, BYU

Tim Hiller, Western Michigan

Mike Kafka, Northwestern

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan

Thaddeus Lewis, Duke

Colt McCoy, Texas

Tony Pike, Cincinnati

Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State

John Skelton, Fordham

Riley Skinner, Wake Forest

Jevan Snead, Mississippi

Tim Tebow, Florida

Who to watch

Top prospects Sam Bradford (shoulder) and Jimmy Clausen (toe) will not work out for scouts. All eyes will be on Florida's Tim Tebow. Will the alleged "best player in college football history" convince anyone that he's a reasonably good quarterback prospect?

Of course, none of those guys matter to the Packers. If anything, they probably wouldn't draft a quarterback until the fifth round (or later). Here are seven late-rounders to remember, courtesy of draft insider Chris Steuber. Note: Heights are from the schools and may be of dubious accuracy.

— Levi Brown, Troy: Brown might be the best prospect on this list. At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, size isn't an issue. Nor is his arm strength and athletic ability. He completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 4,254 yards, with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The knock? He's only a one-year starter, faced subpar competition and had one touchdown and four interceptions against Florida and Arkansas.

— Max Hall, BYU: Unlike Brown, Hall is loaded with experience. He led BYU to a school-record 32 wins in three seasons as the starter. The Cougars went 11-2 in 2009, including 3-1 against ranked teams, and he finished with 94 touchdowns and 11,365 passing yards. The knock? He's 6-foot-1.

Tim Hiller
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— Tim Hiller, Western Michigan: The 6-foot-4 Hiller set school career records with 11,329 passing yards, 99 touchdown passes and 63.0 percent accuracy. He's exactly what the Packers want as a person: He won the Weurffel Trophy — aka the Humanitarian Heisman — and got his degree in three years. The knock? He's a pocket passer with limited mobility and a history of knee problems.

— Mike Kafka, Northwestern: His 532-yard performance against Auburn in the Outback Bowl capped a season in which Kafka led the Big Ten in passing yards, completion percentage and interception percentage. He's accurate and smart. The knock? The one-year starter doesn't have a strong arm, though that's an area Flynn improved after his first year in Green Bay.

— Thaddeus Lewis, Duke: The four-year starter owns 48 school records, including 10,065 passing yards and 67 touchdowns. He's one of only two quarterbacks in ACC history to have topped 10,000 yards. He's smart, accurate and makes good decisions. The knock? He lacks the arm to fit the ball into coverage or go deep and is only 6-foot-1.

— John Skelton, Fordham: At 6-foot-5 and 258 pounds, Skelton is a big, big man with a big arm in the mold of Ben Roethlisberger or fellow small-schooler Joe Flacco. He started 41 games in his career, capping it by throwing for 3,708 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 games. He led Football Championship Subdivision quarterbacks in passing yards per game, then performed well at the East-West all-star game. With a strong performance at the Combine, he could shoot up the rankings in a poor class of quarterbacks. The knock? Skelton played against lousy competition and went just 5-6 in each of his last two seasons.

— Riley Skinner, Wake Forest: Skinner started 49 games, turning the Demon Deacons into an upper-echelon program with a career record of 31-18. He made the Dean's List four times, and that intelligence showed up in his decision-making. He completed almost 67 percent of his passes and threw 60 touchdown passes in his career. The knock? At 6-foot-1, he just doesn't have the arm and physical stature that teams desire.

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