John McMullen - NFL Editor Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
We all remember one Brett that worked out pretty well in Green Bay but expecting another to make it three Hall of Famers in a row at the game's most important position is probably a stretch.
Or is it?
Packers general manager Ted Thompson is always about forward-looking statements when it comes to the quarterback spot.
Back in 2005, Thompson famously selected a freefalling Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall pick despite already possessing one of the game's all-time great signal callers in Brett Favre.
After redshirting for three years, Rodgers burst onto the scene in '08 and has gone on to become the best signal caller in football. A two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl XLV champion, A-Rod is a gaudy 70-33 as Green Bay's starter, quite the sequel to Favre's 160-93 effort over 16 brilliant seasons in Titletown.
The career destination on the GPS for both Favre and Rodgers ends in Canton and has resulted in an unprecedented run of stellar QB play in Green Bay which is currently at 23 years and counting.
For Thompson to get to three decades, though, he needed to start the forward thinking and the veteran personnel man spent some time contemplating '18 and beyond Saturday on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, trading up in the fifth round to select UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, who, once upon a time, was considered a potential first-round talent.
The Packers moved up 19 spots in a trade with New England to acquire Hundley, a 6-foot-3, 226-pound prospect often described as a Jason Campbell clone, not exactly a ringing endorsement unless you're talking about the expectations of a typical fifth-round pick.
Campbell, who ironically was taken one spot behind Rodgers in '05 by the Washington Redskins, has bounced around but started games for four different organizations (the 'Skins, Oakland, Chicago and Cleveland).
If Hundley ends up with a similar career trajectory, it's a success by conventional fifth-round standards but not Thompson's. He sees Hundley as a player who has all the physical tools you need to succeed at the QB position.
The big concern with most NFL teams when it comes to Hundley is the pocket presence he flashed with the Bruins, a trait that's usually innate and defines players like Favre and Rodgers.
"If the time needs be where I need us in the pocket and make all the throws, then I will do that," Hundley claimed. "In (UCLA's) offense, sometimes the situation dictated if I didn't see something, I'm taking off running. But if that is the offense and what I need to do -- you can watch tape -- there's times I sat in the pocket and made throws and I feel I did that consistently in college."
Not consistently enough but Hundley will get every opportunity to improve in the Badger State with multiple redshirt seasons under a true superstar who is still in the prime of his career.
At worst, the Arizona native will serve as a far more valuable insurance policy than nondescript veterans like Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien. If everything comes together, however, Hundley will add a feel for the position to his ideal physical gifts and top-shelf arm strength.
"While Hundley expected to be selected much sooner than this, developing behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay could be a blessing in disguise," NFL Network draft analyst Mark Dulgerian said. "He needed at least two years to develop anyways, so he has time to improve the mental aspects and potentially become a highly coveted QB down the line."
In a business sense, a forward-looking statement is a declaration that cannot sustain itself as a historical fact but projects things in an effort to help (or sometimes hinder, according to critics) investors make decisions about a company's future.
In football, it's Thompson thinking two or three steps ahead to try to buck history yet again.
When Favre was nearing the finish line, Rodgers was waiting for the baton and now Hundley will be given every opportunity to reach back for the stick when A-Rod is finally running out of gas.
"I think one thing I do every day is work hard," Hundley said. "If you tell me I can't do something I'm going to prove you wrong and do it."