Draft Position Preview: The Quarterbacks

Quarterback ranks No. 12 on our list of draft needs. While top prospects Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen aren't on the Packers' radar, there are some talented developmental passers who could be of interest in the late rounds.

Packer Report continues its position-by-position looks at the NFL Draft with the quarterbacks.

Packers position rank by need

12th of 13.

State of the Packers

With Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn, the Packers are obviously in an enviable position in a quarterback-driven league. Rodgers has the ability (and the supporting cast) to be an MVP-type quarterback for the next eight to 10 years. And while it's a steep drop-off from Rodgers to Flynn, the Packers have enough talent on the roster where the season wouldn't spiral down the drain if Rodgers were to miss more than a couple of games. As a third, the Packers signed Harvard's tall, spindly Chris Pizzotti to the practice squad late last season. The team likes him but not enough to preclude it from plucking a developmental passer in the latter rounds.

Forget about ...

Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen are potential top-10 picks, and Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow figure to go in Round 2. You can probably rule out West Virginia's Jarrett Brown, Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (NCAA record 150 total touchdowns), Cincinnati's Tony Pike and Fordham's John Skelton, all of whom probably will be overdrafted because of the lack of high-end talent at the position. The Packers brought in Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton, but his rise up draft boards might rule him out, too.

Possible targets

Several players make sense as possible late-round targets.

Jevan Snead, Mississippi: Snead (6-foot-3) is easily the most talented of this bunch but completed only 55.2 percent of his passes with 48 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in two years as the Rebels' starter. He'll need a good position coach — and he'd get that in Green Bay.

Sean Canfield, Oregon State: Canfield (6-4) completed almost 68 percent of his passes in his only season as a full-time starter. In the red zone, he completed 18 touchdown passes with no interceptions. His arm is good enough for a West Coast scheme.

Mike Kafka, Northwestern: Kafka (6-3) is an athletic playmaker. He closed his career by throwing for 532 yards in the bowl game against Auburn. Lacks strong arm but is highly intelligent. A source said the Packers like him a lot.

Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington: Nichols (6-2) is the wild card of the bunch because of the competition. He can make all the throws, and he torched subpar defenses for 12,616 yards and 96 touchdowns in three-plus years as the starter. He went 267 passes between interceptions.

Tim Hiller, Western Michigan: A scout told Packer Report that Hiller (6-4) seemed like the Packers' perfect seventh-round passer. He earned straight-A's all four years and finished with 99 touchdown passes. Decent arm strength but athleticism is merely OK after knee injuries. For more on Hiller read our exclusive story.

Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State: Robinson (6-3) threw for 66 touchdowns and rushed for 22 more as a three-year starter. He's decent at everything but doesn't have any exceptional traits.

Levi Brown, Troy: Brown (6-4) has all the tools from arm to athleticism, but it's a big jump from the Sun Belt to the NFL. Brown was the conference player of the year in his only season as the full-time starter with 4,254 yards, 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions, and his 265 consecutive attempts between interceptions just missed the NCAA record.


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