Green Bay Packers scout high on 2012 NFL Draft QB class

EVANSTON IL - OCTOBER 23: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans looks for a receiver against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 23 2010 in Evanston Illinois. Michigan State defeated Northwestern 35-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kirk Cousins

In last year's NFL Draft, there were four quarterbacks taken in the first round and six in the first 36 picks. One Green Bay Packers scout tells the Green Bay Press Gazette that there are five quarterbacks this year better than each of them.

"I think there’s five of them that are better than any of them last year," the scout told Pete Dougherty.

That's not all. Another scout told Dougherty that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were better prospects than Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger in 2004. High praise, though nothing exactly new for Luck. He's who most consider the best quarterback prospect since John Elway. But Griffin hasn't been definitively lauded quite as much.

The two scouts agree Ryan Tannehill is the third-best quarterback and they split on Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins being fourth.

Of course, this is the silly smoke screen time of the year. It could merely be an attempt by the scout to goad a team into trading back into the first round to take one of these quarterbacks.

Left out in the cold is Arizona State's Brock Osweiler, who is visiting the Miami Dolphins.

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