If the Packers are looking for a quarterback who knows how to lead his team to championships, they saw one in person on Friday. Former Waupaca High School and North Dakota State University quarterback Brock Jensen worked out for Packers college scout Alonzo Dotson Friday in Fargo.
“[The workout] went really well, went through several different throws,” said Jensen. “It was a good day of work. Feel very good about where things are right now.”
Jensen spent much of the last week auditioning for the team he grew up a little over an hour from. He says the team brought him to Green Bay Tuesday, where he went through medical tests and had dinner with Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith. Then on Wednesday, Jensen took a tour of the team’s facilities, met with quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and went through some interviews and “chalk talk” sessions.
“I think [the scout's] exact words were: ‘awesome job today, man, we’ll be in touch.’”
“It was very special,” said Jensen. “Out of all the teams that called so far, having the packers give you a call, take a really good look at you, bring you in for interviews and a visit, that means a lot. However it goes down, I’m very grateful that the packers gave me that chance, and that opportunity to meet with them.”
Jensen threw for 2,793 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior while rushing for another 576 yards and 10 scores.
The 2008 Division 3 football state champion quarterback with Waupaca High School says he’s pleased with how his workout for the Packers went. Dotson, the Packers scout, gave the young quarterback some praise once they wrapped up work in Fargo on Friday.
“I think his exact words were: ‘awesome job today, man, we’ll be in touch,’” said Jensen. “He said it goes without saying, with them bringing me in for a visit and working me out, they’re very interested.”
Jensen just completed a decorated career at North Dakota State, leading the Bison to three straight NCAA FCS championships from his sophomore to senior seasons. During his final year, his team beat FBS school Kansas State to start the season and capped it with a 35-7 win over Towson on January 4th in the championship game. From there, the NFL preparations started.
“Four or five days later, I was on a plane to San Diego to start training for my pro day,” said Jensen. “Pro day gets here, that ends, you go into the next phase where teams can bring you in for visits and workouts. It’s kind of a continuing chain of events that lead up to the draft. It’s been nonstop, on the go.”
Jensen says the Packers were his first private workout and he has two more scheduled: visiting the Bengals on April 23rd then flying directly to Cleveland to work out for the Browns on the 24th.
Jensen says he’s been hearing that he may be picked on the third day of the draft, possibly in the 5th-7th rounds, or could end up trying to catch on with a team as a free agent. While he’ll be happy with any team, playing for the home-state Packers would be an ideal situation.
“We’ll see what happens, you can never quite know how it’ll play out come draft day, especially in those late rounds,” said Jensen. “I feel like Green Bay could be a really good place, a good fit for me and a great opportunity.”