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07:28 AM ET 09.04 | So far, so good for Tommy Rees as a starting quarterback in 2013 -- but what does his football future hold? The best thing about Rees is he is smart and very well prepared come game day. He has, at best, average athleticism. He lacks speed and seldom is able to extend plays with his feet. He does not have NFL size at just over 6-1 and 215. His arm strength is average and he doesn't consistently throw a tight ball. Still, he has a quick release and usually is a good decision maker. ... [This past week] he was 16 of 23 for 346 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has to continue that type of play if he wants to be in an NFL camp. Overall, because of his lack of size, athleticism and arm strength I don't see Rees as a player who can get drafted. He can get into a camp as an undrafted free agent with a strong season.

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September 4, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Tom is a smart kid who choose ND for an education. He's the son of a football coach and can have a successful coaching career if he wants that.
He can also have a successful life in many endeavors because he has an ND education.
He may try for an NFL career, probably depending on how this season unfolds for him, but I doubt it's the highest priority in his future. Labeling his NFL chances "bleak" is silly, no bleaker than 90% of the kids in CFB today.

September 4, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Well the kid is still in college......how can you say his future in the NFL is bleak? Or are you going on the past QB'S history coming out of ND and going to the NFL......if thats the case I would say he has no future in the NFL.

September 4, 2013  09:09 AM ET

A lot of things can change in the next 11 games. Not worth worrying about until then.

September 4, 2013  09:14 AM ET

Sounds like Bernie Kosar.

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September 4, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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Tom is a smart kid who choose ND for an education. He's the son of a football coach and can have a successful coaching career if he wants that.He can also have a successful life in many endeavors because he has an ND education.He may try for an NFL career, probably depending on how this season unfolds for him, but I doubt it's the highest priority in his future. Labeling his NFL chances "bleak" is silly, no bleaker than 90% of the kids in CFB today.

He has an ND education, so his future is FAR from bleak as ND is at the top in terms of academic excellence as well as having a very large alumni network.

That being said, being an ND QB over the last 30 years has not garnered you and favor with the NFL - some (like Tony Rice) were very good college QB's but none have materialized since Montana.

<waits for the inevitable trotting out of 'journeyman' Steve Beuerlein to try and refute statement above>

September 4, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Yeah right. Bernie won a national title as the starting QB of The U back in '83.


What exactly has Rees done at the college level so far?

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September 4, 2013  09:44 AM ET
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Yeah right. Bernie won a national title as the starting QB of The U back in '83. What exactly has Rees done at the college level so far?

He also was a pretty darn good QB in the pros for God-awful Cleveland so that analogy probably is wishful thinking at best as the only way Rees will be on the sidelines in the pros is in some coaching capacity or fulffboy for Manti T'eo.

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September 4, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Too small and skinny for the NFL.

September 4, 2013  10:33 AM ET

From Business Insider 2/10/2012: "Here Are the Odds That Your Kid Becomes a Professional Athlete (Hint: They're Small)" ---

Football: 1.7% of college players play professionally, 0.08% of high school players do.

High school players: 1,108,441
College players: 67,887
NFL Draftees: 255

Source: NCAA

Just focus on the ND sheepskin, Mr. Rees.

September 4, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Well the kid is still in college......how can you say his future in the NFL is bleak? Or are you going on the past QB'S history coming out of ND and going to the NFL......if thats the case I would say he has no future in the NFL.

Yeah that is certainly true ... take Joe Montana .. he definitely has no future in the NFL (too old).

September 4, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

From Business Insider 2/10/2012: "Here Are the Odds That Your Kid Becomes a Professional Athlete (Hint: They're Small)" ---Football: 1.7% of college players play professionally, 0.08% of high school players do.High school players: 1,108,441College players: 67,887NFL Draftees: 255Source: NCAAJust focus on the ND sheepskin, Mr. Rees.

and, of those drafted, how many get contracts?

September 4, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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Yeah right. Bernie won a national title as the starting QB of The U back in '83. What exactly has Rees done at the college level so far?

I wasn't comparing accomplishments. Just physical statistics.

September 4, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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He has an ND education, so his future is FAR from bleak as ND is at the top in terms of academic excellence as well as having a very large alumni network.That being said, being an ND QB over the last 30 years has not garnered you and favor with the NFL - some (like Tony Rice) were very good college QB's but none have materialized since Montana.<waits for the inevitable trotting out of 'journeyman' Steve Beuerlein to try and refute statement above>

Agree, even Charlie Weis, the NFL OC guru couldn't mold Brady Quinn into an NFL starter.
Interesting how so many successful pro QBs did not come out of college with big reputations; Tom Brady being an example.

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September 4, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Jerry Jones will probably draft this kid, leaving Murray and the kid from Miami on the board.

September 4, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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Good deal. I found this pretty funny though: Kosar's career rushing stats @ The U: 104 attempts for -386 yards for an average of -3.7 & somehow he scored 8 rushing TD's.

Those TDs were probably one-yd sneaks, hard to up your average from all those 7-10 yd sacks thataway.

September 4, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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and, of those drafted, how many get contracts?

Didn't say. Probably < 255.

 
September 4, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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Jerry Jones will probably draft this kid, leaving Murray and the kid from Miami on the board.

JJ will be thinking about how he's currying favor with all those fatcat ND alums to pull for 'Merica's Team.

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