Saturdays are made for college football. So here at Cheesehead TV we try to honor that tradition while keeping an eye toward the future and look at some of the players who will eventually be playing on Sundays.
Will the players featured in this series really become Green Bay Packers? It's a long shot. Instead, consider it more of an NFL Draft preview.
Today's future Packer...
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson
According to Scout.com's Chris Steuber, a Packers scout will be attending today's Texas A&M-Missouri game (very likely Southwest scout Alonzo Highsmith), leading us to profile Johnson as today's "future Packer."
Johnson came into this season as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate and pro prospect after a year in which he earned second-team All-Big XII honors under former Packers head coach Mike Sherman.
Last year Johnson threw for 3,579 yards with 30 touchdowns, only 8 interception and a 59.6% completion rate. This season has been a disappointment for Johnson, however. He's been a turnover machine.
And it never used to be that way. Johnson set a Big XII Conference record by throwing 242 consecutive passes without an interception.
This season, in consecutive games against Florida International and Oklahoma State, Johnson has accounted for 10 turnovers–four interceptions and a fumble in each game.
He followed those performances with a loss to Arkansas last weekend in which he completed only 15 of 40 passes for 212 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His fall from grace has been rather precipitous.
That leads Johnson into today's game where the Aggie host the undefeated Missouri Tigers in College Station. Johnson could have a bounce-back game with the Tigers' best defender, defensive end Aldon Smith, out with an injury.
In interviews, Johnson has said he feels that he's been a bit unlucky this season in regards to all the interceptions he's thrown, several the result of bad bounces off tipped passes.
Really, Johnson has had three bad games this season. And if he's really been a victim of bad luck, that's not enough to give up on him entirely.
Johnson–at 6-5, 245 lbs.–is currently ranked as the fifth-best quarterback prospect by Scott Wright's NFL Draft Countdown.
The Packers certainly aren't looking for a high-round quarterback in next April's NFL Draft. But if Johnson happens to fall to the mid-rounds of the 2011 draft, he could be worth consideration.
There's a possibility Matt Flynn could be traded in future seasons, and even if he isn't traded, he could eventually leave via free agency. Drafting and grooming a quarterback like Johnson would help the Packers prepare for Flynn's possible departure.
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