2008 NFL Draft: Quarterbacks

Rex Grossman just finished his first full season as the starter in Chicago, but he's entering the final year of his contract. GM Jerry Angelo is likely to reward him with an extension midseason if he gets off to a hot start, but if he continues his Jekyll-and-Hyde performance, the organization will start thinking about a new QB of the future. How does the 2008 NFL Draft look for signal-callers?

Brian Brohm (6'3", 225 pounds, 4.79 40-yard dash) – Louisville
The fourth Brohm to play football at Louisville, his father Oscar and brothers Greg and Jeff also played at UL. Brohm is a talented quarterback who enters his senior campaign as one of the elite prospects for the 2008 draft, potentially ranking as the No. 1 pick overall. Brohm does not have overwhelming physical talent, but he has a very nice blend of size, arm strength, accuracy and poise. He reads defenses well, shows superb football intelligence and is a polished all-around passer. He's also well-schooled and closer to being NFL-ready than many rookie quarterbacks, but he has had some durability problems.

Andre Woodson (6'5", 232, 4.78) – Kentucky
A raw but ultra-talented prospect who could skyrocket up the charts much like JaMarcus Russel did if he has a strong senior campaign. Woodson is a fine athlete with a strong, accurate arm and prototype size for the position. Needs plenty of development but has skills that can not be taught.

John David Booty (6'3", 210, 4.89) – Southern California
If he can duplicate his production of last season when he threw for 3,347 yards and 29 touchdowns with just 9 interceptions, he could move up the charts and follow in the footsteps of Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart as former Trojans to make the transition to the NFL. Booty appears to be a nice fit for teams running a west coast offense.

Matt Ryan (6'5", 224, 4.89) – Boston College
Ryan flashes brilliance and has struggled with some injury problems, but has good overall tools and can be unstoppable when he's hot.

Chad Henne (6'2", 225, 4.92) – Michigan
Looks like the real deal some weeks and just another so-so major-college prospect others, but he has the tools to make the transition.

Colt Brennan (6'3", 205, 4.85) – Hawaii
Highly productive, gunslinger-type quarterback who has put up some monster single-game performances.

Erik Ainge (6'5", 223, 4.95) – Tennessee
The nephew of Danny Ainge, he's a good but not great prospect at this point. Tends to run hot-and-cold but could move up.

Matt Flynn (6'3", 226, 4.73) – Louisiana State
Has a strong arm, quick feet and a good knowledge of the game. Could move up with a big senior year.

Sam Keller (6'4", 230, 4.97) – Nebraska
Transfer from Arizona State, he some tools and could emerge with a strong season for the Cornhuskers.

Josh Johnson (6'3", 198, 4.72) – San Diego
Put up incredible numbers at a lower level of competition, completing 246-of-371 passes (66.3%) for 3,320 yards with 34 TDs and just 5 INT.

Anthony Morelli (6'4", 228, 4.93) – Penn State
A late-round, developmental prospect at this point, but has enough tools and ability to move up.

Blake Mitchell (6'2", 215, 4.78) – South Carolina
Has been hot-and-cold, but he has also shown flashes and is being schooled in Steve Spurrier's offense.

JC's Take: All the speculation about the Bears potentially drafting a quarterback in 2008 is a moot point if Rex Grossman plays well this season and proves once and for all that he is the answer under center in Chicago. If he shines early on, it would behoove GM Jerry Angelo to sign the former first-rounder to a contract extension some time during the season in order to prevent him from reaching free agency and potentially getting lured away by another team with a bigger offer. But if he does not improve his footwork and cut down on his turnovers dramatically, the Grossman experiment will have to be considered a failure and it will be time to go in a new direction with a new field general.

Kevin Brown, Personnel Analyst for VikingUpdate.com, contributed to this report.

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