The OBR's draft bash was bigger than ever this year, and happier than ever when the Browns sniped quarterback Brady Quinn at the #22 spot. While the Browns dealt their #1 choice in 2008, the team happily paid the price to land a player they had evaluated among the top three in the draft.
The Notre Dame quarterback, generally considered to be one of the top five or ten players in the draft, dropped dramatically in a manner similar to Aaron Rodgers in 2005, a circumstance particularly influenced by the Miami Dolphins decision to selecgt Ohio State WR Ted Ginn.
Tony Pauline's Scouting Report
Four-year starter who Pos:ted 61.9%/3,426/37/7 as a senior. Junior totals included a career-high 3,919 passing yards, a Notre Dame single-season record.
Nice-sized, strong-armed pocket passer with a great amount of upside. Patient, calm under pressure and buys time for receivers. Gets outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field, has a quick, over-the-top delivery and immediately gets the ball out of his hand. Zips the outs, Pos:sesses a good deep arm and drives passes into the tight spots. Flashes the ability to beautifully place throws where only his target can make the reception. Consistently challenges the vertical game. Puts touch on throws when necessary.
At times stares the primary target down from the get-go. Not adverse to forcing the throw into coverage. Makes some head-scratching decisions at times. Not an elusive quarterback who escapes the rush. Marginally accurate throwing on the move and downfield. Leadership abilities are in question.