Packers G.M. Ted Thompson did something he rarely ever does — trade up — to take UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. The Packers gave up their fifth-round pick (166 overall) and seventh round pick (247) to move up in the fifth round to take Hundley, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
“It’s awesome,” Hundley said. “Jonathan Franklin is a big brother of mine. I used to ask him about Aaron Rodgers a lot. And now I actually have a chance to be up and personal with it. … I’m ready to have some fun.
“I’m blessed to be in this position and get picked by Green Bay. … I’m going to make the most of it.”
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Hundley started three seasons for the Bruins, completing 69.1% of his passes for 3,155 yards and 22 touchdowns with five interceptions last season. He’ll now join a quarterback room that includes Rodgers, Scott Tolzien and recently signed Matt Blanchard.
Hundley was a dual-threat quarterback in college with 4.63 speed and widely considered a second-round prospect. Now, 10 years after Rodgers had a wait of his own, Hundley needed to wait three days to hear his name called. There won’t be any pressure for him to play right away in college. In UCLA’s offense, he also ran for 1,747 yards and 30 touchdowns in his career.
Packers fans most likely won’t see Hundley on Sunday’s during the regular season (knock on wood), but they can see the rest of the draft picks in action when attending Lambeau Field for a game this season. Fans out the area can use Hipmunk.com for flights to Milwaukee that’ll have Packers’ fans within two hours of Green Bay. Don’t want to travel after game day? Hipmunk has hotels near Lambeau Field where fans can rest and enjoy the victory after the game.