Player Profile-Rex Grossman

The Bears plan on using their second round pick on a quarterback, but there should be several available. <!--Default NodeId For Rex Grossman is 300814,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:300814]>Rex Grossman</A> is the first in a series that Bear Report will examine.

The success of Florida quarterbacks in the NFL has been shaky at best. The Bears know that first hand with Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel spending time with the team over the past few years.

Grossman will have to fight the label "product of the system" as any quarterback coming out of Steve Spurrier's system. A wide-open attack that benefits the quarterback at the college level, but the transition to a pro style offense isn't easy.

When Spurrier left for Florida for the NFL, Grossman was forced to learn a new offense. Meaning he'll be in his third different scheme in three years.

Still, Grossman is confident that the adjustment will only help him at the next level.

"I think it helped me a lot as far having to learn an offense quickly and trying to perform well," Grossman said. "

Grossman left Florida following his junior season. An opportunity he passed up after his sophomore year.

"I had the opportunity last year, but I really wasn't ready," Grossman said. "This year, I think I'm ready. I guess I just couldn't pass it up twice."

While not a scrambling quarterback, Grossman has above average speed and has a feel in the pocket. He's capable of avoiding the rush and isn't afraid to take a hit in order to complete a pass.

Arm strength is a concern, but Grossman can make the intermediate pass.

"I feel I have a pretty strong arm," Grossman said. "I don't feel like it's an extremely strong arm, but I can make all the throws. "

The trend in the NFL seems to have a rookie quarterback sit a year or two before stepping into a starting role. That would definitely be the case in the Bears situation because of the recent signing of Kordell Stewart.

Every player wants to start in their rookie campaign, but waiting doesn't bother Grossman.

"That's probably the best thing to do, but I think if you ask any quarterback they'd want to play right away," Grossman said. "But I definitely think it helped me in college to sit a year, and understand the game, then go into play. But if a coach asked me to play right away, I would not shy away."

At 6-1, Grossman doesn't have ideal size for a quarterback, but he doesn't worry about being able to see downfield.

"I can see just fine," Grossman said. "We had a pretty tall line. We went 6-7, 6-8, 6-5, 6-5, 6-5 on an offensive line. I could see just fine. I could throw over them just fine. I don't think there's a problem from that standpoint.

Despite playing his college ball at Florida, Grossman shouldn't have a problem adjusting to the harsh weather conditions Chicago can present, as he's a native of Indiana.

At this point Grossman projected to go in the late first-round or early second round.

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