Green Bay Packers first round draft pick Damarious Randall (23) and Skye PoVey (38) stretch during NFL football minicamp Friday, May 8, 2015 in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo / Mike Roemer)
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May 08, 2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Even though other members of his draft class have far better odds of playing right away, Brett Hundley doesn't plan to alter his approach.

The Green Bay Packers' fifth-round pick is well aware of the depth chart at quarterback, the one that has reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers at the top. He said Friday that he won't lower his expectations for himself as a result.

''God put me in Green Bay for a reason, and I'm ready to learn and work,'' Hundley said after the Packers' first rookie camp practice. ''Green Bay has Aaron Rodgers. He's the MVP, an all-time great quarterback and one that I really looked up to coming out of college. He's playing, and obviously it's impossible to beat him out.''

Hundley said he had not yet met Rodgers but was eager to do so.

''I can't wait,'' Hundley said. ''I think when you're around greatness, you keep growing and eventually hopefully I can get to his level.''

With first-round pick Damarious Randall seeing very limited action because of a minor ankle injury that Packers coach Mike McCarthy said wouldn't keep the defensive back from Arizona State out long, all eyes were on Hundley. The three-year starter at UCLA tumbled all the way to the fifth round of the draft.

Without Rodgers, backup Scott Tolzien or Matt Blanchard on hand, Hundley took plenty of snaps. The only other quarterback taking part was Alabama's Blake Sims.

McCarthy said the 6-foot-3, 226-pound Hundley ''threw the ball well,'' especially considering he was working from under center for much of practice, something he didn't do very often in UCLA's spread offense. McCarthy also thought Hundley handled all the variables of the sometimes disjointed practice - unfamiliar playbook, receivers he'd just met the night before - well, too.

''I thought he had some throws that he threw on anticipation. That's always encouraging,'' McCarthy said. ''But there's always a lot to learn, particularly at that position. I'm sure there will be some things when he goes through the quarterback profile practice that we have with all the quarterbacks next week there will be something there that we'll continue to work on. But, excellent athlete. I'm glad he's here.''

Randall, second-round pick Quinten Rollins at cornerback and fourth-round pick Jake Ryan at inside linebacker are far more likely than Hundley to see meaningful action this season. Hundley said he isn't wasting energy wishing he'd gone to a team with more opportunity at quarterback. He pointed to the way Rodgers, the Packers' first-round pick in 2005, sat for three years behind Brett Favre.

''I'm not looking at what could've happened,'' Hundley said. ''If I would've gone to a team in the first two rounds that needed a quarterback, and I would've gotten thrown into the fire, maybe my story wouldn't have been what it's going to be now.

''You see a lot of times a lot of quarterbacks come in and it's almost like a redshirt year in college. And it helps a lot. Aaron Rodgers was a prime example. Tom Brady sat for a little bit. They get some time to learn an offense, understand the game, get adjusted to it and then they step in and show what they can do.''

Notes: Ryan and Hundley were among five draft picks signed Friday by Green Bay. The other three signees were selected in the sixth round: fullback Aaron Ripkowski, defensive tackle Christian Ringo and tight end Kennard Backman.

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