Quarterback of the future

The Bears traded down in order to add depth and draft a quarterback at the 22nd selection, which turned out to be <!--Default NodeId For Florida is 570,2005--><A HREF=http://florida.theinsiders.com>Florida</A> QB <!--Default NodeId For Rex Grossman is 300814,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:300814]>Rex Grossman</A>.

At one point it looked as if the Bears would have their choice of either Kyle Boller or Grossman, but the Baltimore Ravens traded up to get the Cal quarterback. There's no telling which player the team would have chosen between the two, but are happy with Grossman.

"It (the trade) worked out well for us," Coach Dick Jauron said. "We're really happy with the two (Grossman and Michael Haynes) players that we got."

At 6'1 Grossman lacks ideal size for a quarterback, but is playmaker that has put up impressive numbers over the three seasons.

"He has wonderful agility and a quick release," said Coach Dick Jauron. "His upper body mechanics are impressive. He has an excellent record both in high school and in college. He seems to have good judgment and an excellent grasp of the game."

In 2000, as a freshman, he threw 21 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. Then as a sophomore Grossman finished second for the Heisman Trophy, he threw 34 TDs to just 12 picks. He struggled with a new coach as a junior, but still put up respectable numbers with 22 touchdowns to 17 interceptions.

Grossman will be eased into the Bears offensive system as Kordell Stewart starts for at least a year, if not two.

"I really like Kordell Stewart," Jauron said. "I think Kordell could be our quarterback for a very long tie, but the value on Rex Grossman was there and we couldn't pass it up. Everybody knows that you need more than one (QB) to play in this league."

Scouting Report:
Rex Grossman
School: Florida
Ht: 6-0
Wt: 218
40: 4.87
Year: 4Jr
Number: 8

The Good: Physically and mentally gifted quarterback that runs the Florida passing offense efficiently and has shown the propensity to win in a variety of passing systems. Sets up with solid footwork, ball placement and throws with good fundamentals. Very patient and poised in the pocket, buys time for his wide outs not rushing or making poor decisions when pressured. Steps up to avoid the rush, waiting until the very last second before leaving the pocket and gets the pass off even if it means he's going to get clobbered. Avoids the rush and gets outside the pocket to make the pass. Excellent sense of timing on all his throws both down the field or out to the flanks. Places all his passes nicely, throws a catchable ball and tremendous downfield accuracy.

The Bad: Does not sell the play action, must learn to use his tight ends as receiving targets and locks onto his primary receiver, occasionally forcing the ball into action. Nice arm but does not drive the ball downfield.

The Skinny: Solid quarterback that should easily lead a franchise at the next level regardless of the fact he barely stands six-feet tall. Worth a top 15 selection whenever he enters the draft.

"Combining the elements needed to run a once complicated system, Rex Grossman now has a new scheme at hand as the Gators have taken to the no huddle offense and as he did the previous two seasons Grossman is shining." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


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