UCLA's Brett Hundley has chance to learn as he is drafted by Green Bay

UCLA's Brett Hundley has chance to learn as he is drafted by Green Bay
Quarterback Brett Hundley throws the ball during UCLA's pro day on March 10. (Kelvin Kuo / Associated Press)

There is hope for Brett Hundley. Ten years ago, another quarterback from a California school was drafted later than expected by Green Bay, learned at the elbow of a legendary starter, and eventually developed into one of the greatest passers in the game.

But there aren't a lot of Aaron Rodgers stories out there.

As it is, UCLA's Hundley is starting over, selected 147th overall by the Packers in the fifth round of the draft Saturday, the sixth quarterback off the board.

There are some parallels to when Rodgers was selected 24th out of Cal in 2005 as a backup to Brett Favre, although Rodgers was the clear heir apparent at the time. Hundley presumably will be battling the recently re-signed Scott Tolzien for the No. 2 job.

It was a sobering slide for Hundley, the only quarterback in UCLA history to lead the team to three consecutive seasons of at least nine victories. He gave up his final season with the Bruins to turn pro, and is the first UCLA quarterback drafted since Cade McNown was taken 12th overall by Chicago in 1999.

"I think Green Bay is the perfect organization to learn as much as possible, and they have the best coaches to help me do that," Hundley said. "And Aaron Rodgers."

Hundley is one of five players from a Los Angeles school selected Saturday. Four USC players were chosen. A pair of Trojans went in the fourth round, cornerback Josh Shaw to Cincinnati and running back Javorius "Buck" Allen to Baltimore. Cleveland took the other two, tight end Randall Telfer in the sixth round and linebacker Hayes Pullard in the seventh.

USC receiver George Farmer, who left school early for the draft, was not picked but was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.


Two Bruins were drafted on Day 2: linebacker Eric Kendricks to Minnesota in the second round and defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa to the New York Giants in the third. USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams was taken sixth overall by the New York Jets, and receiver Nelson Agholor went 20th to Philadelphia.


Williams and Agholor brought USC's count to 68 Trojans selected in the first round since the start of the common draft in 1967, 10 more than any other school.

Although Hundley was a Heisman Trophy candidate and highly successful at UCLA, he was never a clear first-round candidate. Former league most valuable player Kurt Warner, who began his NFL quarterback career as an unsigned free agent in Green Bay, said Hundley is in a prime position to watch and learn. Hundley recently visited Warner in Arizona for two days of workouts.

"I think Green Bay is a great spot for him, especially as a young guy," said Warner, now an NFL Network analyst. "I look at a lot of these spread quarterbacks and I think undoubtedly there's going to be a transition phase, more so than guys who played in a pro-style system. So to go to a place where you get to learn from one of the best in the business, and you're in a situation where you're not going to be asked to play for awhile. You have a chance to learn and get comfortable with everything that goes into the position."

Warner said teams likely had more questions about Hundley and fourth-rounder Bryce Petty of Baylor making the transition to a pro-style system than they had about Colorado State's Garrett Grayson and Oregon State's Sean Mannion, both taken in the third round Friday night.

"I think there's a lot to build on" with Hundley, Warner said. "He's an eager, young kid that wants to know everything and wants to learn. There's no question he's got the physical ability to be a special quarterback — size, speed, can really spin the ball and get it down the field. There's a lot of upside.

"There were some technique things that I saw that he needs to clean up to become more efficient and accurate with the football. But the biggest question with these guys is the transition to a pro-style offense, reading defenses, getting the ball out quick and definitively."

Shaw made headlines for the wrong reasons last year when he was suspended for fabricating a story about how he injured his ankle on the eve of the season opener. He said he jumped off a balcony to save a drowning child but later admitted he was running from police, who had been called to investigate a possible domestic violence incident. The suspension sidelined him for 10 games last season.

Shaw was the first USC cornerback to be drafted since Indianapolis took Kevin Thomas in the third round five years ago.

Allen, who scored a combined 25 touchdowns for the Trojans the last three seasons, will be a complement to Ravens running backs Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, a fourth-round pick last year.

"I couldn't ask for a better situation," Allen told reporters. "My time came, and I'm going to take advantage of it. Unbelievable feeling."

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