Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/243 - B.J. Coleman, QB, 6-3, 222, Tennessee-Chattanooga...Confident small-school product has the tools to make it at the next level, and training with Packers legend Brett Favre this winter doesn't hurt. - The Sports Xchange
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01/15/13 - QB B.J. Coleman signed a contract Monday with the Packers for 2013. He ended the season on the team's practice squad.
04/29/12 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/243 - B.J. Coleman, QB, 6-3, 222, Tennessee-Chattanooga...Confident small-school product has the tools to make it at the next level, and training with Packers legend Brett Favre this winter doesn't hurt. - The Sports Xchange
04/29/12 - Green Bay closed the draft with a pair of seventh-round compensatory picks, which couldn't be traded. The selection of Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko (No. 241) snapped the Packers' unprecedented streak of taking defensive players with their first six picks in this year's draft. Green Bay concluded its draft two picks later by taking Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers didn't mind the run on players to add to his unit. Last year, Capers watched Thompson go exclusively with offense (three players) the first two days of the draft and take only one defensive player in Green Bay's first six picks. "It just tells you, that patience is a virtue," Capers said. "Last year was a long draft, all right, so this year's been obviously, I think, a good, productive draft for us in terms of being able to get players at all three levels of our defense." Head coach Mike McCarthy, the play caller for the offense, was OK with all but the final moments of this year's draft being devoted to the defense. The Packers don't have any glaring holes with their explosive offense, having replaced departed Pro Bowl center Scott Wells with veteran free agent Jeff Saturday early in the offseason. "For Ted to trade up three times in one draft was fun," McCarthy said. "It was fun to sit next to him and watch him growl through it. It was important to trust your board." Since the league merger in 1970, the most consecutive defensive players the Packers selected at the outset of a draft was four - in 1984, 1999 and 2003. - The Sports Xchange
04/29/12 - The culminating pick of Coleman in the seventh round gave the Packers a quarterback in the draft for the first time since 2008, when they took Louisville's Brian Brohm in the second round and LSU's Matt Flynn in the seventh round. Flynn beat out Brohm from the get-go and served as Aaron Rodgers' top understudy for four seasons. Flynn became an unrestricted free agent this offseason and signed with the Seattle Seahawks for a chance to start. Coleman joins holdover Graham Harrell and fellow first-year player Nick Hill in the competition for the backup spots. McCarthy indicated the team isn't in the market to add a veteran to the quarterback mix. "He was clearly the most excited young man on the phone of the eight (draft picks)," McCarthy said of Coleman. "He told me that's the best pick we ever made in Green Bay. I said, 'We've had some pretty good quarterbacks here.'" An eager Coleman counts himself fortunate to have already worked with one of those Packers quarterback greats. Coleman has the same agent (Bus Cook) as the retired Brett Favre, and the two trained together at a high school in Favre's hometown of Hattiesburg, Miss., in January and February as Coleman prepared for the draft. "Every second I was with him, you could learn something new," Coleman said. "He's one of the best. He'll go down as one of the greatest. ... What a great experience." The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Coleman was a three-year starter at Tennessee-Chattanooga after he transferred from Tennessee, where he became dissatisfied after playing sparingly as a redshirt freshman. - The Sports Xchange
04/23/12 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6-3, 233...An imposing physical specimen, Coleman has natural leadership skills that are evident on the field and around the locker room. He is capable of doing everything necessary to be a pro QB, but needs to learn how to do it and when to do it. Think of him in terms a very raw Brett Favre, who was pretty raw himself when he came out of Southern Mississippi. Coleman was considered one of the top prep quarterbacks in the nation when he selected Tennessee. But after seeing too little action, he transferred to Chattanooga, where his father Byron played (1977-80) with Russ Huesman, now the team's head coach. After playing in only three games for the Vols, Coleman started 32 at Chattanooga and took advantage of the small-school competition to generate great statistics, but not enough experience against top players to help him improve. He is mobile for his size and has an arm that is so powerful that he needs to learn how to control it. He wasn't able to throw at the combine because of a broken pinky finger, but he wowed the teams that watched him at his pro day. For his career, Coleman completed 583 of 1,016 passes for 6,892 yards, 52 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He ran for seven more scores and even pooch punted a few times. But if some team wants to take advantage of his ample abilities, it will require time and patience to coach him up to an NFL-caliber quarterback. Perhaps it was with that in mind that he selected agent Bus Cook, who also represented Favre. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange