Martin Looking Forward To Absorbing Favre's Knowledge

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With the 148th overall pick the Green Bay Packers decided to go value over need.

The Packers selected quarterback Ingle Martin with their first of two fifth-round picks.

Martin will once again have the opportunity to learn from an experienced quarterback. As a freshman, Martin backed up Rex Grossman at the University of Florida under the direction of Steve Spurrier in 2002.

"Rex was a good a player as I've ever been around, and it was great to be around such great competitors there," Martin said. "I learned a lot while I was there and it was a great experience for me."

Martin is looking forward to coming in and absorbing all he can from Brett Favre.

"It's a great chance to come in and learn from a guy who has been in so many situations and excelled," Martin said. "To watch him compete, and to be a part of one of the most storied teams in football history is amazing. I'm happy I'll be up in Wisconsin."

Martin left Florida for Furman University with the departure of Spurrier to the NFL and the arrival of Chris Leak at Florida. In two seasons at Furman Martin threw 42 touchdown passes and passed for 5,761 yards.

Martin thinks highly of the experience he gained at Furman.

"Furman is a great program and a great school academically," Martin said. "There are a lot of good people there, and it was a great place to just play football, which is all I wanted to do."

General Manager Ted Thompson said he wasn't concerned at all about Martin's college experience. The Packers were elated to take him where they did in the fifth round.

"He is a very talented kid, and has a good arm," Thompson said. "He fits the size requirements we're looking for. We felt very comfortable that he would be an interesting pick on the second day. It's been my experience that if you have the flexibility and luxury on the second day you take a guy like that and put him in and see how he works out."

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