The Green Bay Packers have done a great job in recent history of finding capable backup quarterbacks late in the draft, and even after the draft. Except for the disastrous second-round selection of Louisville QB Brian Brohm, Green Bay has a relatively successful track record drafting at the position. Fortunately, the Packers were able to find a seventh-round gem in Matt Flynn the same year they wasted a pick on Brohm.
There isn't a simple, cookie-cutter mold for what the Packers like in their quarterbacks, but there are a couple characteristics that they all share. Flynn, Brohm, Graham Harrell and Aaron Rodgers were all winners in at the collegiate level. Rodgers was the starter at Cal for two years, Flynn saw playing time in three seasons and won a national championship in his only season as the starter, Brohm was the starter at Louisville for three years, and Harrell started three seasons at Texas Tech.
Another commonality among these quarterbacks? Size.
Rodgers is listed at 6'2", 225 pounds, a tad below the averages for a starting QB in the NFL. His most recent backup, Flynn, is also listed at 6'2", 225. Harrell? 6'2" and a slight 215 pounds. Even Ingle Martin, a fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2006, stood 6'2", 220 for his less-than-illustrious two-year career in the NFL.
Oh yeah, and that guy who used to wear No. 4? He was last listed at 6'2", 222.
Although it's foolish to think Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy only want quarterbacks that stand exactly 74 inches tall, the fact that so many recent players at the position had similar stature can't be completely ignored.
With Flynn surely headed elsewhere to be a starter, the Packers are left with Harrell as their top backup to Rodgers. While Harrell has improved during his time in Green Bay, he is certainly a downgrade from Flynn as the team's second-string QB.
I'd be shocked if the Packers used their first or second pick, maybe even third, on a quarterback. However, I fully expect them to select a QB at some point later in the draft or sign one as an undrafted free agent shortly after the draft.
Here's a look at some players who could get a look from Green Bay in the middle rounds.