For a period, the Green Bay Packers were better than any franchise in the NFL at developing backup quarterbacks.
Former general manager Ron Wolf believed in drafting one almost every year and seeing what the club could turn out. Behind Brett Favre in the 1990’s, the Packers drafted six quarterbacks. Four of them turned into productive performers in the NFL and Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Brunell were both active last season.
As Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette points out, the Packers will likely be looking for a passer in the later rounds this year. Matt Flynn is the last quarterback to be drafted by Green Bay, selected in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. He’s moved on to Seattle where he has an opportunity to follow the path of Hasselbeck and become a starter. Flynn worked out much better than a quarterback the Packers plucked in the second round in ’08 – Brian Brohm.
Dougherty suggests the Packers will wait until the fourth round – if not later – to select a quarterback to develop behind Aaron Rodgers. That makes sense. With any luck, they’ll find another strong player to develop.
Here are the quarterbacks the club selected behind Favre in the 90’s:
1999 Aaron Brooks, 4th round
1998 Matt Hasselbeck, 6th round
1996 Kyle Wachholtz, 7th round
1995 Jay Barker, 5th round
1993 Mark Brunell, 5th round
1992 Ty Detmer, 9th round
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