Scouting Report: Ben Roethlisberger

To be blunt: Ben Roethlisberger is no Ryan Leaf. Roethlisberger is a high-character guy and the San Diego Chargers can't go wrong by selecting the tall, mobile quarterback in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger has been again rising up draft boards after an impressive workout and the Bolts could be playing possum with the first pick. The idea is to incite the Giants to trade up for Eli Manning as they slide down to number four and take the man they want while acquiring an extra pick.

Name: Ben Roethlisberger
School: Miami-Oh Year: 4Jr
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 247 40: 4.94 Pos: QB

Bio: First team All Conference choice garnering All American notice as a junior after passing numbers of 69.1%/4,486/37/10 with an efficiency rating of 165.84. Established Miami single season records for pass completions and passing yards, breaking his own totals from 2002. Sophomore numbers were 63.3%/3,238/22/11. Named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2001 after completing 66.3%/3,105/25/13. Joined >Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich as the only MAC quarterbacks to pass for 3,000 or more yards in three separate seasons and accumulated 10,829 yards passing during that time.

Pos: Big armed pocket passer with the ability to grow into a franchise quarterback. Sets up to deliver the ball with solid footwork, stands strong in the pocket and smart. Sells the ball fakes, scans the field and consistently finds the open pass catcher. Senses the rush yet buys as much time as possible, waiting for the last second before releasing the ball. Rarely panics, in complete control of the offense and a true leader behind center. Natural looking off the safety, throws with a fluid over delivery and possesses a big arm. Drives deep passes downfield, puts zip on the intermediate routes as well as velocity on all his throws. Throws tight spirals and beautifully arches deep throws. Leads receivers over the middle and very accurate. Gets outside tackle and accurate passing on the move. Does not make poor decisions and always working to make positive plays.

Neg: A pocket passer with marginal mobility and ca not escape the rush. Must improve his downfield accuracy as well as the placement of the outs. Majority of snaps are taken out of the shotgun.

Analysis: A high character prospect well liked and respected, Roethlisberger is gifted both physically and intellectually. Possesses the skills a franchise can build their team around for a winning future. May not offer early returns but has more upside potential than any other signal caller in this draft.

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