Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
Clausen has firmly entrenched himself in the #1 spot among pocket passers. Unfortunately for Clausen, he played for a team that underachieved for all four years of his tenure as a starter. He has proven that he is capable of making all of the throws necessary to succeed in the NFL. He has good throw power, touch and accuracy. He has good mechanics and a good, over-the-top throwing motion. He was one of the nation's most efficient passers once he had a decent line to protect him. The only cons are that he is not very mobile and his footwork is lacking at times. Also, he failed to win many games for the Irish. Could he be just a stat guy, who racks up yards and touchdowns, but can't make it past the first round of the playoffs? I guess we will have to wait and see.
Similar to: Matt Ryan
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Bradford was a prolific collegiate player. For years he was one of the top passers in the nation. He has good height at 6'4 , but is pretty thin. Bradford could have been a first rounder last season, but like many of his fellow college stars, he opted to stay in college for another year. This season did not help his draft stock, but it may have helped him become an earlier pick oddly enough. Bradford injured his throwing shoulder not once, but twice during this season. His durability has become a major question mark, but one thing is known for sure: when Bradford's arm isn't stuck to his body in a sling, he is a remarkably accurate passer. He, unlike Clausen, won plenty of games at Oklahoma, although he did have a far superior team. He also had the stats that Clausen had. Oh, and an interesting fact about Bradford; his doctor is the team doctor for the Redskins, who have the fourth pick overall. Hmm...
Similar to: Carson Palmer
Tony Pike, Cincinnati
Tony Pike, I always liked this guy during his tenure at Cincinnati. However, I never liked him much as an NFL prospect. He is VERY skinny, weighing in at just 210 pounds, but had excellent height at 6'6. During the Senior Bowl, he showed good mobility and a good ability to throw on the run, but he missed a lot of open receivers over the course of the game. During the game, he did a good job of sensing the pass rush and making quick decisions. He does not have very good arm strength, but luckily he is a very intelligent player. Cincinnati runs a number of difficult routes, and Pike completes them often, however, he benefits from the lack of quality corners in college. I don't think he will fare as well going up against the defensive backs in the NFL.
Similar to: Trent Edwards
Sean Canfield, Oregon State
I actually like Canfield more than Pike, but I do not think I can put him as a better prospect just yet. A huge plus for him is that Oregon State runs a pro-style offense, which is very hard to find. If you're looking for a diamond in the rough, I believe Canfield has a very good change of being that diamond. Canfield lacks mobility, bulk and arm strength. However, he does have a very good release, very good timing and excellent competitiveness. His accuracy is also above average. He projects to go much, much later than I believe he deserves. He has not played very much, which is part of the reason he is not talked about much and is projected to go so low. I think this guy is a steal, but I have been wrong before. A lot.
Similar to: Tom Brady (WHAT?! I know, I know. I'm comparing him to Brady coming out of Michigan, not Brady today. One scout wrote about Brady: "Poor build, very skinny and narrow, lacks mobility and the ability to avoid the rush, lacks a really strong arm." Sounds familiar, right? Similar size too. Canfield: 6'4, 215 pounds. Brady (now): 6'4, 225 pounds.)
Colt McCoy, Texas
Colt McCoy is an intriguing prospect. He had an absolutely phenomenal college career at Texas, where he started ever since his freshman year. McCoy decided to stay for his senior year and now is leaving college football with the most wins ever by a starting quarterback, as well as a large number of Texas passing records. The biggest thing McCoy has going for him is that his accuracy is incredible. He completed a ridiculous 70.6% of his passes and 76.7% the year before. He is also a very good runner, and even led his team in rushing his junior year. He has a quick release, good awareness, and excellent leadership skills. However, he has sub-par size, terrible footwork, and rarely played under center (if ever). Also, Texas' system maximized his strengths and hid his weaknesses. Don't take McCoy too early, he's a risky pick.
Similar to: Alex Smith
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Ah, LeFevour, the less-touted, less popular, and smaller Tim Tebow and . . . the better NFL prospect?! (Gasp!) The baby-faced (seriously, he looks younger than I do and I don't even have my driver's license yet), Central Michigan graduate is an incredible athlete. He has great speed and very good throwing accuracy. He puts good touch on the ball and his throws are easy to catch, according to his receivers. His strength of competition is a big question mark, playing in the MAC. He is a great playmaker, who had amazing stats in college, racking 12,905 passing yards and 2,948 rushing yards. He was a winner at Central Michigan and one many games single handedly. Some of LeFevour's best games were in his four bowl games. He will be a late-round pick, but could turn out to be excellent as a Wildcat quarterback. He is a project and has below average arm strength as well as a slow delivery, but LeFevour is definitely worth a second day pick. I think he could develop into a pretty good player.
Similar to: Seneca Wallace (But better than Wallace, overall. This is a bit of a stretch, but LeFevour is pretty unique.)
Tim Tebow, Florida
Tebow, Tebow, Tebow. I could go on for hours about Tebow the Great. Is he the best college quarterback ever? Maybe. Do I even have to talk about his strengths and weaknesses? I'm pretty sure that everyone knows them already. Strengths: Good mobility, excellent leadership, great character, surprisingly good accuracy on deep throws, strong work ethic, great runner after the first hit. Weaknesses: Horrible mechanics, very long throwing motion, horrendous footwork that hasn't improved at all, didn't play in anything that remotely resembles an NFL offense, inaccurate and bad touch. He performed far below expectations at the Senior Bowl, struggling during both practices and during the game. He had two fumbles during the game and dropped a few snaps throughout the week. He is definitely a huge project, but he does have the work ethic necessary to pull it off. He might just turn out to be the best Wildcat quarterback ever. One thing is known for sure about Tebow, he's going to bring a lot of money to whoever picks him. I'm not going to bother getting into what position I think he is best suited for at the next level.
Similar to: No one, really. Here is what Walter Football said: "Byron Leftwich (Passer)/Mike Alstott (Runner). Tebow has a very similar release to Leftwich and he will also struggle to read defenses in NFL. He also has Mike Alstott's elite power running attributes with the ability to get yards after contact."
Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
Robinson's stock has been plummeting ever since the beginning of the season. Before the year started, I had Robinson ahead of Pike and just behind Jimmy Clausen. However, Pike and Clausen have improved their stocks, Robinson has done the opposite. I do believe, though, that he is somewhat overshadowed by other quarterbacks in his conference. He proved himself as an efficient passer, but fell behind a little bit this season. He is best suited for a West Coast scheme as he is very efficient and accurate on short, underneath routes, but doesn't have the best arm strength. Robinson's Senior Bowl performance was both good and bad. He showed good touch, especially on deep balls, but struggled with deep outs and other NFL-type routes. He had the best stats for a quarterback by far that day, but was not the most impressive quarterback out there.
Similar to: Matt Hasselbeck
Jevan Snead, Ole Miss
Snead entered this season with the potential to win a Heisman and become the #1 quarterback in the draft. It would be an understatement to say that he fell of track a bit. However, I would not be surprised if he ends up proving me wrong and being better than most of the players I put ahead of him. He has excellent, NFL-type size and incredible arm strength. The talent around him continued to become worse and worse, so if you are wondering why he declared after a terrible season, there is your answer. He has very good upside, and that alone will get him drafted earlier than Robinson and LeFevour. He showed poor decision making along with questionable accuracy during his junior campaign and his stock has continued to fall more and more. He has poor mechanics, is way too confident in his ability to throw into tight spaces and needs to work on his footwork.
Similar to: Byron Leftwich
John Skelton, Fordham
Skelton is another quarterback with impressive athleticism. He was Fordham's entire offense. He was their best passer and their best rusher, by far. Skelton is somewhat of an unknown and I believe that if he went to a better school, he would be quite a bit higher on this list. He showed excellent mobility, the ability to get zip on the ball, and touch on deep throws. However, he lacks NFL-type arm strength and accuracy (uh oh), but does have very good size at 6'5 and almost 260 pounds. The competition he faced is a concern, but even more of a concern is the fact that his numbers against these teams are not eye popping. He will be nothing more than a solid back up in the NFL, and this spot at #10 is a virtual tie with Max Hall. You might as well flip a coin.
Similar to: Joe Flacco (But slightly faster and with less arm strength.)
Player I wish I had room for on this list: Max Hall, BYU
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