Packers sign ASU quarterback Manny Wilkins


Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins went through the entire 2019 NFL draft without a team picking him but it didn't stop him from getting an opportunity.

The Green Bay Packers signed Wilkins as an undrafted free agent on Saturday. The Packers have three quarterbacks in the depth chart, including Aaron Rodgers, so it would be an uphill climb for a roster spot.

Green Bay also signed Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius to add to the competition in rookie mini camp.

Wilkins completed 63.2 percent of his passes, averaged 7.7 yards per attempt and threw 52 touchdown passes against 23 interceptions over 39 games as a three-year starting quarterback in Arizona State. He finished his career with a place in the school record books by ranking second in completion percentage, fourth in completions, fifth in passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns.

He also rushed for 1,035 yards and 20 touchdowns, adding another dimension to his value. He is considered undersized at 6-2, 193 pounds, although a shorter quarterback became the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft. He has the accuracy and mobility to challenge for a roster spot either in Green Bay or somewhere else.

“Wilkins slender stature and lack of experience as a full-field reader could work against him, but he caught the attention of NFL teams with a strong pro day workout showing off his arm talent and ability to throw from the pocket and on the move,” writes NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein.

“Sure, he’s smallish, but the tools and demeanor are where they need to be in order to become a decent NFL backup.”