Green Bay Packers: Brian Brohm

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Since he took over as general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 2005, Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players.

Leading up to this year's draft, in which Thompson currently has nine picks, we will look at his best and worst selections in each round.

We'll start at the bottom and work our way up. So far, we've looked at the seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth and third rounds.

Next up is Round 2.

Total players drafted: 13.

By position: Receivers 4, running backs 2, cornerbacks 2, defensive ends 2, guards 1, quarterbacks 1, safeties 1.

Best pick: Nick Collins, S.

By age 27, Collins (No. 51 overall, 2005) was already a three-time Pro Bowl selection. But his career was cut down in its prime when he sustained a neck injury against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 of the 2011 season. He has not played since despite his desire to return. The Packers released him the next offseason and have struggled to replace his playmaking ability from the safety position.

Honorable mention: Greg Jennings, WR (No. 52, 2006), Jordy Nelson, WR (No. 36, 2008), Randall Cobb, WR (No. 64, 2011), Eddie Lacy, RB (No. 61, 2013).

Worst pick: Brian Brohm, QB.

The third quarterback taken in the draft -- behind Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco -- Brohm (No. 56, 2008) struggled from the outset and lost the backup quarterback job to another rookie, seventh-round pick Matt Flynn. After spending the season as the third-stringer, he failed to even make the team in his second year. The Bills signed him in 2009, and he appeared in three games over two seasons in Buffalo.

Dishonorable mention: Pat Lee, CB (No. 60, 2008), Brandon Jackson, RB (No. 63, 2007), Jerel Worthy, DE (No. 62, 2012), Terrence Murphy, WR (No. 58, 2005).

Notes: Thompson has selected almost as many Pro Bowlers in the second round (three -- Collins, Jennings and Lacy) as he has in the first round (four -- Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk and B.J. Raji). ... Nearly half of his second-round picks (Lacy, Worthy, Cobb, Nelson, Casey Hayward and Mike Neal) remain on the roster. Two others (Jennings and Daryn Colledge) played for other teams last season. ... Murphy's career ended after just three games because of a neck injury.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The last time the Green Bay Packers had four picks in the first 100 selections of the NFL draft, they came away with two quality starters and two players who never made an impact.

That was 2008, when they drafted receiver Jordy Nelson (No. 36 overall), quarterback Brian Brohm (No. 56), cornerback Pat Lee (No. 60) and tight end Jermichael Finley (No. 91).

General manager Ted Thompson will take a similar haul into this year's draft. With the addition of a third-round compensatory pick, the Packers have pick Nos. 21, 53, 85 and 98 in the first three rounds.

"It's good," Thompson said during his pre-draft news conference this week. "If we could, we'd have more. More is better. It gives you better odds. It wouldn't be any different if it were this year or last year or the year before or that sort of thing."

Can Thompson do better in the top 100 than he did in 2008? Nelson and Finley became major contributors while Brohm flamed out and Lee was only a short-term backup.

On Thursday night, ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay went through the top 100, selecting players for teams as if they were in charge of the draft rooms.

For the Packers, they came away with this:
Kiper and McShay alternated picks, so it worked out that McShay made the Packers' first three selections, while Kiper picked their fourth.

Looking at the first round, the top two safeties were both off the board before the No. 21. Kiper had Louisville's Calvin Pryor at No. 14 to the Chicago Bears and Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gone two picks later to the Dallas Cowboys.

In picking Mosley, McShay said he had Mosley rated as the 12th-best player on his board and called him a relentless, tough playmaker. What isn't known is how the Packers feel about Mosley from a medical standpoint. There are concerns about a knee injury, which kept him from running at the combine, and other injuries during his college career.

If the Packers don't feel comfortable with Mosley's medical history but still want a linebacker at that spot, they could go with Ohio State's Ryan Shazier. McShay had Shazier at No. 31 to the Denver Broncos.

Nix has been described as a perfect 3-4 nose tackle.

"This is a value pick, as Nix merits late first-round consideration," McShay said. "Between first-rounder C.J. Mosley and Nix, we've now drafted the No. 12 and No. 30 players on my board, respectively, at No. 21 and No. 53."

Vereen and Fiedorowicz would fill clear holes at safety and tight end, respectively. However, waiting until late in the third round to address safety seems a little late considering that might be the Packers' greatest need in this draft.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers would like to get back in the business of drafting and developing quarterbacks.

North Dakota State's Brock Jensen could be just the quarterback to start with.

The native of nearby Waupaca, Wis., worked out for the Packers this week, his agent Brian Adkins confirmed Friday.

Adkins said scouts have told him they project Jensen could be a mid- to late-round draft pick, although neither Mel Kiper Jr. nor Todd McShay had Jensen in the latest version of their top-10 quarterback prospects.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Jensen led North Dakota State to a third straight FCS title as a senior last season.

He finished with a 47-5 record as a starter, making him the winningest quarterback in FCS history.

"I have no doubt in my mind he could be a player a few years down the road that we're talking about as the quarterback in this draft," Adkins said.

Jensen has two more visits scheduled for next week, with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, Adkins said.

"Cincinnati has shown the strongest interest," Adkins said. "They sent their quarterbacks coach to his workout and took him out to dinner. But it was great to see Green Bay bring him in."

The Packers typically use their pre-draft visits to look at late-round picks or potential undrafted free agents. Earlier this week, they had Virginia center Luke Bowanko in for a visit.

The Packers have three quarterbacks in the fold -- Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn (who agreed to terms on a new contract this week) -- but would like to add a fourth prospect, coach Mike McCarthy said last month at the NFL annual meetings.

Since 2008, when general manager Ted Thompson drafted Flynn (seventh round) and Brian Brohm (second round), the Packers have drafted only one quarterback (B.J. Coleman, seventh round in 2012).

Thompson's mentor, former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, made a habit of drafting quarterbacks, developing and eventually trading them. In the 1990s, the Packers drafted Ty Detmer (ninth round, 1992), Mark Brunell (fifth round, 1993), Matt Hasselbeck (sixth round, 1998) and Aaron Brooks (fourth round, 1999).
The Green Bay Packers have four picks in the first 100 selections of the upcoming NFL draft -- something they haven't had since 2008, when they drafted receiver Jordy Nelson (36th), quarterback Brian Brohm (56th), cornerback Pat Lee (60th) and tight end Jermichael Finley (91st).

If draft analyst Mel Kiper were in charge of the Packers' draft room, he'd find plenty of defensive help along with an intriguing tight end prospect. In an ESPN Insider exclusive, Kiper put a different twist on the mock draft. Rather than predicting who he thinks the Packers will pick, he detailed who he would pick if he were in charge.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers finished last season with three quarterbacks on their roster.

But they haven't started a season that way since 2008, Aaron Rodgers' first year as the starter. That season, general manager Ted Thompson gave coach Mike McCarthy a pair of backups -- rookies Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm.

If everything works out, McCarthy would like something similar again this season.

In fact, he would like that every year. His ideal quarterback situation would be three on the roster and a fourth as a developmental prospect on the practice squad. He knows the constraints of a 53-man roster do not always allow for that, but it will be on his wish-list again this season.

The first step toward that is re-signing Flynn, something that appears likely. There's no market for Flynn as a starter, and the Packers would like him to return to compete with Scott Tolzien for the backup job.

Whatever Flynn's failings were in Seattle and Oakland, where he had chances to start, he proved once again last season that he could function in a backup role in Green Bay, where he first served as Rodgers' backup from 2008-2011.

The Packers went 2-2-1 last season in games Flynn finished during Rodgers' time on the sideline with a broken collarbone.

"I'd like to have Matt back," McCarthy told reporters this week at the NFL annual meetings.

"I thought Matt was a good addition to our football team. I have great respect and admiration for him, just being around him a lot on a positional basis. Yeah, I'm hoping financially it works out."

Flynn's agent, Bill Johnson, did not return a message left on Friday.

"Do I like Matt Flynn in the quarterback room?" McCarthy said. "Absolutely. Not only Matt as a player, but there's value he has, he's been there, he's got experience, his relationship with Aaron. He carries a lot of value. That's added value. But also you have to continue to improve. How do you improve? Competition."

The Packers expect Tolzien, who started two games last season, to make significant strides this offseason. They like his arm strength and poise but need to refine some of his techniques. That won't begin until the offseason program kicks off on April 22. Before the current CBA went into effect in 2011, McCarthy could begin his annual quarterback training sessions in March.

"Scott Tolzien is back in town, and he can't go to the Hutson Center and throw," McCarthy said. "We're in a different era training quarterbacks and your specialists. I would hope we'd have four in camp. But we'll see how the whole 90-man roster thing shakes out."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the next two weeks, we'll take a position-by-position look at what the Green Bay Packers have and what they need.

We can revisit this process before the draft based on what -- if anything -- general manager Ted Thompson does in free agency.

First up is the quarterback position:

2014 free agents: Matt Flynn, Seneca Wallace.

The good: The Packers went 6-2 in the regular season in games in which Aaron Rodgers started and finished. Although he missed nearly half the season because of the broken collarbone he sustained on Nov. 4, his performance was up to his usual standards despite only an average showing in the playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In the regular season, he ranked fifth in the NFL in completion percentage (66.6 percent, which was better than his career average of 65.7 percent entering the season), second in average gain (8.74 yards) and had a solid touchdown to interception rate (17-to-6).

The bad: Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy failed to find Rodgers' backup during training camp -- when they auditioned Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman and Vince Young -- and were forced to sign Wallace after final cuts. At the same time, they added Scott Tolzien to the practice squad. Wallace didn't get through his first start after Rodgers got hurt. Wallace's groin injury forced Tolzien into action and necessitated the return of Flynn. Tolzien showed some promise but wasn't ready to win games, so Flynn took over and went 2-2-1 in games in which he either finished or started.

The money: Rodgers' salary-cap charge jumps to $17.9 million in 2014, up from $12 million last year when he signed his five-year, $110 million extension. Tolzien is under contract for a minimum salary of $645,000. Flynn, who made $294,412 for his portion of the season on the Packers' roster, and Wallace also were working for minimum contracts, but those were only one-year deals. At age 33, Wallace is unlikely to return. Flynn might still want another shot to start somewhere else.

Draft priority: Since drafting Flynn (seventh round) and Brian Brohm (second round) in 2008, Thompson has taken only one quarterback == Coleman (seventh round in 2012). Unless Thompson is convinced Tolzien can be a long-term backup or wants Flynn to fulfill that role again, there's a need to take another mid-to-late round quarterback like Ron Wolf used to do on a regular basis when he was the general manager. Despite having Brett Favre as his starter, Wolf drafted six quarterbacks from 1993-99.