Round 5: QB Brett Hundley
Another draft surprise was to see the Packers trade up to take quarterback Brett Hundley in the fifth round. It was a welcomed addition, as the need for a talented young backup to Aaron Rodgers was there with Matt Flynn departing in free agency.
Hundley put together an impressive preseason performance, leading the NFL in passer rating. He finished with 45 passes for 630 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception with a rating of 129.6. What’s even more impressive is that Hundley had to completely learn the offense, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
"“To understand how far Hundley has come, you have to grasp where he started. It wasn’t that he had to adjust some of the things he had been doing in order to play in a pro offense. He had to be taught pro-style quarterbacking for the first time.”"
Hundley looked calm in the pocket and made a number of great plays. It will be interesting to see just how far he’s come during training camp and preseason this season.
With Scott Tolzien expected to test the market in March, the Packers will likely promote Hundley to be Rodgers’ backup. With his work ethic, raw talent and attitude, there’s no reason why Hundley can’t shine in the role.
Unless Hundley signs an extension at some point, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be the regular starter for the Packers, but down the road he could be traded away for draft picks.
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