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July 5, 2010 4:41 PM

Position Predictions, Quarterback Graham Harrell

Graham Harrell, a thin, 6'2", 200 lb. undrafted rookie, will have a glorious chance to make the roster for the Green Bay Packers in 2010. Therefore, it is not much of a prediction to say he will.

It unlikely that the Packers will go with only two active quarterbacks for a second straight year. There is no veteran quarterback competing for the third-string spot, and Packers general manager Ted Thompson has already shown in the past two seasons that he does not deem it necessary to have one, so signing one late is unlikely, as well.

Furthermore, early reports out of training camp are that Harrell is showing more expected in camp. Harrell spent all of last season with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League, but did not gain any real game experience there.4725709837_0ef7a927ea.jpg

However, he was a prolific college player at Texas Tech, where he posted over 4500 yards in all three years he started and over 5000 his last two. He finished second all-time in passing yards and first in touchdown passes. Moreover, he showed toughness and leadership: Harrell finished his final regular season game with two shattered fingers taped up, and still managed over 300 yards.

With that resume and mentality, he will be on an NFL roster somewhere. With the lack of depth and talent behind Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are one of his most-likely destinations.

However, it is unlikely he will move ahead of third-year veteran Matt Flynn in his first year in the NFL, so his chances of getting on the field in a regular or post-season game are very remote. That is why the predicted statistics below are for the preseason:

17-38, 179 yards, 1 TD, 2 turnovers, sacked five times for 33 yards, seven carries for no yards (presumably on the field for some kneel-downs).

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