1st Round Focus: QB Andre Woodson

The Chicago Bears have the 14th selection in the NFL Draft, and it might be time to go shopping for a passer once again. Kentucky QB Andre Woodson could be available at No. 14. Scout.com draft expert Chris Steuber drops by BearReport.com and gives a quick scouting report on Woodson.

QB Andre Woodson (6-5, 230) – Kentucky

Strengths: He's a big, athletic quarterback who shows great poise under pressure. He has good presence in the pocket, feels the rush and steps up to make big throws. He's patient and makes good decisions. He doesn't force throws. He goes through his progressions well and leads the receiver with an accurate pass. He has good lateral movement and finds throwing lanes for big gains.

Weaknesses: He's a pocket passer with average mobility. He struggles throwing on the run, and if defenses get him outside the pocket, they can cause turnovers. He has a mechanical release with a hitch that defenses can exploit.

Steuber Says: "There is a lot to like about Woodson. Any quarterback who has thrown 71 touchdown passes and just 18 interceptions over the last two years in a conference like the SEC has star potential. But is Woodson a product of the Kentucky system? That's the biggest question, but his production is off the charts. His delivery is a bit robotic and will have to get the ball out quicker at the next level. Despite his flaws, he's still a premier prospect at a position for which teams in the NFL are desperate. Woodson will battle Matt Ryan and Brian Brohm this offseason for the right to be the first QB taken in the draft. At the very least, Woodson will be a mid-to-late first-round draft pick."

JC's Take: I am repeatedly on record saying that GM Jerry Angelo will not select a quarterback in the first round this April after everything the organization has been subjected to with Rex Grossman the last five years.

Nevertheless, it's impossible to ignore the gaping hole that this franchise had has under center seemingly since Sid Luckman was winning championships for George Halas back in the 1940s. And even if Grossman comes back for relatively little money on a largely performance-based contract, can this team really head to Bourbonnais in July with the same triumvirate – Grossman, Brian Griese, and Kyle Orton – at the game's most important position when they posted a combined passer rating of just 71.7 this season? Personally, I see the Bears passing on a top-flight signal-caller in Round 1 and taking their chances with the likes of an Erik Ainge, John David Booty, or Chad Henne a pick or two later.

Woodson is your guy if you're looking for a classic drop-back passer who can deliver the ball comfortably from the pocket, but if you believe the game has evolved and mobility at that position is a necessity these days, look elsewhere.

John Crist is the Editor in Chief of BearReport.com and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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