With the 2015 NFL Draft just under a month away, teams are rounding out their draft evaluations and taking meetings with prospects. According to a report by Bill Huber of Packer Report, the Green Bay Packers have a pre-draft meeting scheduled with Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
Green Bay has made upgrading at backup quarterback one of the goals of the offseason. Already, the team has informed last year's backup Matt Flynn that it has no plans to re-sign him. That leaves Scott Tolzien, who signed a one-year deal with the Packers earlier this offseason, and likely a signal caller acquired through the draft.
Perhaps Petty could be that quarterback. He started for Art Briles high-scoring Baylor offense the last two years and led the school to back-to-back Big 12 championships. His career numbers are remarkable: 530/845 passing for 8195 yards, 62 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Petty also ran for 338 yards, a figure made more impressive when considering that sacks count as negative rushing yards in college football.
At the same time, Petty is one of the oldest quarterbacks in the draft, turning 24 later this May. He possesses an average at best arm and may be maxed out physically. Like many QBs in this draft class, Petty rarely lined up under center and played in a one-read offense. Though the Packers will likely have to work on the mental aspects of the game with whomever they draft, Petty could be 26 or older before he catches up.
Yet the biggest concern with Petty is his medical record. He struggled with back problems for most of 2014 and his performance suffered as a result, throwing fewer touchdowns and over twice the interceptions of the previous year. It's unclear whether these injury issues are isolated to Petty's senior season or if they're chronic.
Either way, Petty's visit with the Packers is another strong indication that the team plans to select another signal caller in the upcoming draft. That means this year's backup quarterback competition should have even more intrigue than last year's Flynn-Tolzien duel.