Demovsky: Waupaca native Jensen could be a QB prospect for the Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers would like to get back in the business of drafting and developing quarterbacks.
North Dakota State’s Brock Jensen could be just the quarterback to start with.
The native of nearby Waupaca, Wis., worked out for the Packers this week, his agent Brian Adkins confirmed Friday.
Adkins said scouts have told him they project Jensen could be a mid- to late-round draft pick, although neither Mel Kiper Jr. nor Todd McShay had Jensen in the latest version of their top-10 quarterback prospects.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Jensen led North Dakota State to a third straight FCS title as a senior last season.
He finished with a 47-5 record as a starter, making him the winningest quarterback in FCS history.
“I have no doubt in my mind he could be a player a few years down the road that we’re talking about as the quarterback in this draft,” Adkins said.
Jensen has two more visits scheduled for next week, with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, Adkins said.
“Cincinnati has shown the strongest interest,” Adkins said. “They sent their quarterbacks coach to his workout and took him out to dinner. But it was great to see Green Bay bring him in.”
The Packers typically use their pre-draft visits to look at late-round picks or potential undrafted free agents. Earlier this week, they had Virginia center Luke Bowanko in for a visit.
The Packers have three quarterbacks in the fold — Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn (who agreed to terms on a new contract this week) — but would like to add a fourth prospect, coach Mike McCarthy said last month at the NFL annual meetings.
Since 2008, when general manager Ted Thompson drafted Flynn (seventh round) and Brian Brohm (second round), the Packers have drafted only one quarterback (B.J. Coleman, seventh round in 2012).
Thompson’s mentor, former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, made a habit of drafting quarterbacks, developing and eventually trading them. In the 1990s, the Packers drafted Ty Detmer (ninth round, 1992), Mark Brunell (fifth round, 1993), Matt Hasselbeck (sixth round, 1998) and Aaron Brooks (fourth round, 1999).
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