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Best and worst of Ted Thompson's drafts: Quarterbacks

4/15/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ted Thompson has picked 96 players in the 10 drafts he has run as general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Like any personnel man who makes the final call, there have been hits and misses.

Leading up to the start of the draft on April 30, we will examine Thompson's best and worst picks at each position group.

Let's start with quarterbacks:

Total players drafted: Five -- Aaron Rodgers, Ingle Martin, Matt Flynn, Brian Brohm, B.J. Coleman.

Best pick: Rodgers

This is not only Thompson's best pick at this position but his best pick overall. Thompson wisely did his homework on Rodgers, who some thought might be the first pick of the 2005 draft. But when Rodgers went undrafted in the first 23 picks, Thompson grabbed him at No. 24 overall even though there was no end in sight to Brett Favre's career. Three years later, Rodgers took over as the starter after Favre retired. At age 31, Rodgers has two NFL MVP awards, a Super Bowl title and a Super Bowl MVP to his credit. He's under contract through the 2019 season.

Honorable mention: Flynn (seventh round, 2008).

Worst pick: Brohm

A second-round pick in 2008, he was the third quarterback taken (after first rounders Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco) in that draft but could not beat out Flynn for the backup job. He spent his rookie season as the Packers' No. 3 and then failed to even make the team in Year 2. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2009, playing in three games over two seasons and has been in the Canadian Football League since 2013.

Dishonorable mention: Martin (fifth round, 2006), Coleman (seventh round, 2012).

Notes: Only Rodgers is currently under contract with an NFL team. The Packers have decided not to re-sign Flynn, who was with them from 2008-11 and then again in 2013 and 2014 as a backup. ... Martin was the No. 3 quarterback in 2006 behind Favre and Rodgers and appeared in one game. ... Coleman spent his rookie year on the practice squad but then was released in Week 1 of the 2013 season.