The Green Bay Packers got the ball rolling today on signing their draft selections by agreeing to terms with quarterback Matt Flynn and wide receiver Brett Swain, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Both players were selected in the seventh round of last April's NFL draft.
With Flynn and Swain unofficially in the books, the Packers have seven draft picks to sign prior to July 27, when the team reports to St. Norbert College in De Pere.
Flynn is expected to compete against second-round pick Brian Brohm as a backup to Aaron Rodgers in training camp.
Flynn was a one-year starter for the national-champion Tigers after having been the understudy to 2007 top draft pick JaMarcus Russell. Flynn is a heady signal caller with good, accurate touch in the short passing game. He is versatile as a runner and can throw effectively on the run but isn't a strong downfield thrower. Durability should be a concern after he suffered a high ankle sprain early last season.
Swain, a wide receiver from San Diego State, unofficially became the first Packers pick to reach a contract agreement with the team, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Swain started 12 games for the Aztecs last year and was a second-team all-Mountain West Conference selection. The top receiver for the Aztecs each of the last two years has a chip on his shoulder because of knocks he took leading up to the draft for not being a blazer. He was quick enough after the catch to churn out numerous big plays in college, primarily operating out of the slot. Could get a look on returns and would need to stand out in other areas of special teams to stick around at a crowded position.