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Packers draft UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley

Alamo Bowl: Kansas State v. UCLA

Alamo Bowl: Kansas State v. UCLA

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During his career at UCLA, Brett Hundley was described at times as a potential first-round quarterback. Instead, he fell to the fifth round.

The Packers finally stopped Hundley’s slide by picking him today, with the 147th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Green Bay is obviously hoping Aaron Rodgers has many more healthy years with the Packers, and that Hundley isn’t needed any time soon. But Hundley provides an insurance policy and a developmental prospect. Packers General Manager Ted Thompson uses the draft to build for the future, not for the present, and he won’t turn down a talented quarterback who could help the team down the road just because Rodgers is there now.

Hundley is a good athlete who needs time to develop as a passer, and he should get that time in Green Bay. Eventually, he may be a very good NFL quarterback, either in Green Bay or elsewhere.