By Mark Berman, Associated PressWashington (AP) With all the hype surrounding the Green Bay Packers, it’s easy to forget that the most intriguing matchup is not between two teams that finished 2-14 the past two seasons.
Instead, it is between two young quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley.
Rodgers has completed just 60.3 percent of his passes for 3,816 yards and 11 touchdowns and is on pace to throw an NFL-record 11,073 passes this season.
Hundly, meanwhile, is 2-6 with a 4-12 record with a 10.2-percent touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Both quarterbacks are considered elite talents.
But when it comes to the NFL draft, the most important thing to remember is that both have plenty of time to prove themselves.
The Packers’ first-round pick in 2018 is No. 4 overall, and the Bears’ second-rounder is No-1.
Both are due to enter the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week.
So the question is whether Hundleys game-changing playmaking abilities will translate to the pro level.
Higgs is the most exciting young quarterback prospect in the draft, with an NFL team on the lookout for a new weapon.
The Bears are one of three teams with the No. 1 pick in the NFL.
But they also have the third pick and need to get there before the draft.
How to read the Bears draft: The Bears have the No.”5 overall pick, so they can’t get there by taking Hundys quarterback.
So, they must make a decision on Higgs, a quarterback who could be an immediate difference maker.
They also will want to see how Hundry performs against elite defenses.
Hough has thrown for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns against just three interceptions and is one of the top signal-callers in the league.
The quarterback position has been a major weakness for the Bears this season, ranking 28th in points allowed.
Huggins is the No.-2 quarterback in the class.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has thrown 25 touchdown passes against just six interceptions.
He has the best arm in the Class of 2018, and his mobility is the best on the team.
But he needs to show off some of his other assets to get a chance.
Higgins has thrown 16 touchdown passes and has thrown seven interceptions this season and has a career passer rating of 103.5.
Hints from Bears GM Ryan Pace that the Bears want to trade up to get Hundy are a good sign.
The team has been in the market for a No. 2 quarterback in recent years and Hund’s production hasn’t been the same.
Hounds of death in the Packers draft: After drafting wide receiver Corey Coleman at No. 11 overall in 2018, the Bears also have to make a tough decision on safety Malik Hooker, a fifth-round draft pick in 2019 who could slide to the fifth round.
He was one of six safeties taken in the 2017 draft, but he hasn’t had the success that Coleman had.
Hooker is 6-1, 215 and has had two interceptions.
It would be a huge shock if he doesn’t make the team, but if he falls outside the top 10, the Packers could still use a cornerback with the fifth overall pick.
The defense needs help.
They allowed 31.6 points per game and allowed 4,732 yards to opposing offenses in 2017.
If the Bears could get Hooker at No and move up to No. 5 overall, they could get a much-needed defensive fix.
The third pick of the draft is wide receiver Marlon Davidson.
The receiver was No. 3 overall in the 2018 draft.
He had 1,621 yards and 15 touchdowns, and he is ranked third in the country in receptions.
He will have to prove he can play on a consistent basis if the Bears don’t select a wide receiver in the first round.
Davidson is the son of former Chicago Bears quarterback Kevin Davidson.
He is a versatile receiver and can play in the slot, slot receiver, slot, out wide, out of the slot and even at times as a No-covet.
He might not have the big-play ability that he showed at Michigan State, but Davidson is a good route runner.
The next draft: If the draft has a strong theme, it could be this: The Packers will have a great chance at landing a quarterback, and then they’ll have to figure out who is the right fit.
They should be able to pick between two quarterbacks, but the quarterback that fits best with them is the one they are looking for.
They could end up with a quarterback in their first round who could turn out to be an elite prospect.