Quarterback Coming For Visit

After a strong senior season, this player is rising up draft boards. A Scouting Combine snub, he showed off his strong arm at his pro day workout, which was directed by his mentor, former NFL coach Sam Wyche.

With Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn, quarterback isn't a primary need for the Green Bay Packers in this month's draft. Nonetheless, they are bringing in one of the better quarterback prospects in this draft.

A source told Packer Report that Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton will visit Green Bay on Tuesday.

Crompton is rising up draft boards faster than perhaps any quarterback in this draft. After completing barely 50 percent of his pass attempts in his first three seasons — including one start as a freshman and six as a junior — Crompton had a breakout senior campaign by completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 2,800 yards, with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He went 142 pass attempts between interceptions.

Compton (6-foot-3) is the 12th-ranked quarterback in the draft, according to Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber. Nonetheless, he has a large upside because he has the arm strength to make every throw.

"Crompton is very underrated," Steuber said. "He has great size, a strong arm and is a tremendous leader on and off the field. He displays great mechanics and a quick delivery. He's not the most mobile quarterback in the country, but he has the awareness and quick feet to elude pressure from the back side. He has to read a defense better and look off his primary receiver more often, but he has the skills to develop into a starting quarterback at the next level."

A Scouting Combine snub, Crompton impressed at Tennessee's pro day on March 18. He ran his 40-yard dashes in 4.87 and 4.89 seconds. Former Bengals head coach Sam Wyche directed Crompton's passing workout, with Crompton impressing the scouts — a group that included Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie. Wyche began working with Crompton following the Vols' 5-7 finish in 2008.

The visit shows the Packers are interested but it's impossible to say whether they're interested in spending an early draft pick on him. Crompton could go in the third round, and with the Packers having pressing needs at other positions and a Pro Bowl starter at the position, they might target a lesser prospect later in the draft.

"Personally, I believe I am just as good as any quarterback in this draft. And that is the competitor in me,'' Crompton told The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt on Monday. "I believe if I am given the opportunity everyone else is given, it will come out. But at the same time, I like to praise everybody because everybody in this draft is a good quarterback. We are all different, but I personally believe I am just as good as anybody I draft."


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