Breaking Down the Quarterbacks
Much hype surrounds the top two quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen in this draft, but they won’t be the only signal callers to hear their name picked next week. Here is a breakdown of the other quarterbacks who should be selected next week:
1. Jimmy Clausen
2. Sam Bradford
3. Colt McCoy- McCoy doesn’t have the size and arm strength you usually look for in a quarterback, but he has plenty to offer. He is athletic, and has been a proven winner. He offers all the intangibles you look for in a quarterback and should be the 3rd QB off the board. While I have some concerns about his long term future, I don’t think he will get past pick 50. In the right system and given the time to develop, McCoy can develop into a pretty good starter.
4. Dan LeFevour- LeFevour may not be the 4th QB off the board, but I love his upside and all around skill set. He has very good size and still possesses excellent mobility and athleticism. His accuracy and decision making need a little work, but he has the talent and dedication to become an elite passer. His arm strength is good, but not great, which will likely allow him to fall into the 3rd or 4th round.
5. Tim Tebow– Tebow has remade himself since his Florida days and so far I’ve been extremely impressed. The work that he has put into reworking his delivery and footwork makes me believe that he could have a bright future in the NFL. He has the leadership, toughness, and work ethic that any team is looking for. He is also the most physically gifted quarterback in this draft a great combo of size and speed. He will probably get drafted in the late 2nd round-early 3rd round range, to be a long term developmental quarterback.
6. Tony Pike- Pike put up great numbers in college, but there are serious questions about his mental makeup and frail frame. That could keep him out of the first 3 rounds altogether. He has some upside, and has always played above his head, so you can’t write him off. But I think he will end up being over drafted and be no better then a back up quarterback at the next level.
7. Jevan Snead- Snead gets a lot of criticism for leaving college after a down year, but I don’t think he deserves it. Snead has a lot of skills and the size needed to succeed in the NFL. His numbers might not have been the best this past season, but one down year shouldn’t fully knock down his draft value. He might fall into the late rounds, but don’t be surprised if he becomes a top flight starter in a few years.
8. John Skelton- Skelton is a big armed quarterback who can make the deep throw. He has the size everyone is looking for but is extremely raw in about every area. Overall though, I like him as a good developmental quarterback. He has the ability that can’t be taught, and if he’s given the time to develop, he could become a good starter.
While those are the only quarterbacks I really see one day possibly developing into a starter (not saying they all will, just that they have the chance), there are other decent quarterback prospects as well. Here is the best of the rest.
9. Jonathan Compton
10. Levi Brown
11. Jarrett Brown
12. Bill Stull
13. Sean Canfield
14. Matt Nichols
15. Zac Robinson