Packers Will Reportedly Draft Developmental Quarterback: Who Should It Be?

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IApril 14, 2012

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Green Bay Packers are looking to draft a quarterback late in the 2012 NFL draft.

This may not come as a surprise to most fans as the Packers lost backup quarterback Matt Flynn in free agency. They did sign free-agent quarterback Nick Hill to back up alongside Graham Harrell. However, both players are undrafted free agents and do not show much potential in the backup role.

Assuming they do draft a quarterback late in the draft this year, it will be a great move for the team. The Packers have one of the best overall receiving corps in the NFL. With that being said, a good quality backup quarterback will be able to do damage to some teams.

Take last season for example. Matt Flynn came in against the Detroit Lions and broke two Green Bay records. Drafting Flynn was a good pickup by Ted Thompson. He realizes how valuable a backup quarterback can be.

It will be no guarantee that Aaron Rodgers will be healthy throughout the whole season. That is why it is crucial to get a quality backup for arguably the most important position in sports. With Harrell and Hill as the current backups, the Packers could have a situation like the Chicago Bears had last season when Jay Cutler got hurt midseason.

Another example could be what happened to the Indianapolis Colts last season. They had Peyton Manning for years and never prepared for him getting injured. That may have had something to do with Manning avoiding injuries his entire career; however, the Colts still should have been ready.

The question now becomes, who will be a good choice to back up Rodgers and how early do you draft one? The Packers should wait till at least the fourth round to draft a quarterback, as they need to make sure they address some of their biggest needs first.

As for who they should draft, it should be Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. He is a very accurate passer who makes very few mistakes. Those are usually the top qualities that are looked at in acquiring a backup quarterback. A backup doesn't need to be a star as long as they can get the job done.

Wilson has a game that is somewhat like Rodgers'. He has the ability to throw on the run and is exceptional at doing so. What seems to derail Wilson is his height. He is listed at 5'11". Most quarterbacks in the NFL are over 6'2". He does have what it takes to make in the NFL and Green Bay should grab him in the fourth round if available.

Other choices for the Packers may be Arizona's Nick Foles or Houston's Case Keenum. It will be interesting to see who Ted Thompson chooses (if he does) and how the fans will respond.

Which quarterback do you think should be drafted by the Packers?