We wrap up the offensive portion of our looks at the Green Bay Packers' roster after the draft with an examination of the quarterback position. The team did not draft a quarterback, but they did sign one player as an undrafted free agent to compete for backup repetitions with an unimpressive veteran and another young player who has yet to make it onto the active roster.
Matt Brown, Illinois State (UDFA)
Brown earned accolades in the Missouri Valley Conference this year, being named the conference's Offensive Player of the Year. In 13 games, Brown threw for 3,370 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions and completed 62% of his passes. He stands just short of 6'3". One knock on Brown is his arm strength, especially on deep passes, and he appears more suited to the short passing and timing of a West Coast offense.
We all know what Rodgers is capable of; when 39 touchdowns to 8 interceptions is a down year, you know you've got something special. He has both Super Bowl and NFL MVP trophies under his belt (pun intended) and he should be even more deadly with a respectable stable of running backs behind him. Oh, and no big deal, he just became the highest-paid player in NFL history.
This is probably your most vivid memory of Graham Harrell. That's not fair to Harrell, but at the same time he has done little to nothing to demonstrate to Packers fans that he is a stable and solid backup who could come into the game in case of an injury to Rodgers and keep the team together for a victory. For the time being he likely is the primary backup QB, but if the next player develops as hoped he might be looking for a job in a few months.
Though he spent last season on the practice squad, Coleman has all the tools that fans gush over - size, a big arm, and athleticism. With a year working under the Packers' coaches and finally a spring in Mike McCarthy's quarterback school, most fans are hoping that he takes the next step and takes the backup job from Harrell. We will be keeping a close eye on Coleman during OTAs and training camp to see whether he is in position to do so.
Projected Depth Chart
Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell, B.J. Coleman, Matt Brown
Note that the depth chart reflects the current state of the roster for the purposes of how practice reps will be divided. By the end of training camp, we expect Coleman to unseat Harrell.