The Packers moved up and selected UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley to groom for the future behind incumbent starter Aaron Rodgers. Hundley talked with reporters today shortly after the selection to discuss his long wait, his strengths, and how he thinks he'll transition from a spread offense at UCLA, to an NFL one.
Here's a transcript of the conversation:
At the NFL Combine, you were called a football nerd, is that accurate?
Yeah, very much so. I love football, it's what I am and what's breaded inside of me. I like knowledge, to put it like that. If I don't know something, I want to know it, and that's the way I approach things and approach football. I think Green Bay is the perfect organization to learn as a much as possible and they have the best coaches to do that ... and Aaron Rodgers.
How will your game translate to Mike McCarthy's offense?
It'll translate just fine. Obviously the questions that were risen were how will I translate to the NFL from a spread offense. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities and I know what I have to work on. Being able to translate is learning terminology and understanding the game a little more in depth and just growing more as a quarterback and I think that's with everyone. I have no worries about transitioning to the NFL. When I get down there, I just gotta start working and that's it.
How beneficial is the fact that you're given the opportunity to develop here in Green Bay?
Obviously I have a chip on my shoulder. I have my opportunity, that's the way I look at it.
It's a blessing in disguise. I'm where I'm supposed to be, and I know when I get there I'm going to continue to work and do what I've always done.
Did you think about what could've happened if you stayed in school?
No, this year was the right year for me to come out. What we did at UCLA was really inspiring and it really helped that organization, but it was time to move on and I'm happy I did.
On football in his household:
Everybody in my family played football. I'm around football, I've always been around football and it's always been the main sport in our household. Growing up in that intensity and being around the game, you kind of get a natural understanding of the game, and like I said, I like knowledge so the continuing of learning is huge for me.
Are you disappointed that you're not going to a team where you can play?
Aaron Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks I look up to. I watch film on him, and my job as a quarterback is to go in and compete and just play football and learn as much as possible. That's what I'm going to do.
What can you do that other quarterbacks in this class can't?
I think the one thing is really understanding and learning the game. I feel like I have a tremendous upside, and I feel like the coaches in Green Bay can bring that out of me and teach me a lot. I think that's the one thing. Just the learning curve and really developing into what people call a prototypical quarterback in the NFL.
At what point did the draft start to become difficult?
I think after the second day. It's not to say you're disappointed, but your expectations are hurt. To sit around today and see quarterback after quarterback taken, it really just puts a chip onto my shoulder. I'm ready to work.
What do you have to work on the most?
I think learning terminology, I think that's a big part of the game. Understanding their offense is different than what I ran. I haven't taken many snaps under center, so that's something I have to get used to. I think everything they do is all new terminology and that's something I have to dive into and really understand and learn everything that I can.