Colts Scout: John Navarre

Big, strong-armed John Navarre could make restricted free agent Jim Sorgi expendable. Find out why inside...

John Navarre QB

The numbers: 6057/251/5.19

2006 stats: None

2006 preseason stats: 42-22-131-0-3 passing, 1-1-0 rushing

The player: When Navarre showed up at Michigan, he was frequently mistaken for a basketball player because of his size and build. But it didn't last long. At a school that has given us such passers as Tom Brady, Jim Harbaugh, Brian Griese, Todd Collins and Elvis Grbac, Navarre set records in pretty well every passing category, ran the ball, caught it once and even punted a few times while compiling a 31-11 record as a starter.

But questions about his footspeed, release, accuracy and tendency to revert to bad habits under pressure turned some scouts off and he lasted until the seventh round of the 2004 draft, when he was selected by the Cardinals.

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He spent most of his time in the desert as the third guy, but started one game (a 26-12 loss to Detroit in his rookie season) when eccentric head coach was trying to send his top guys a lesson. In three seasons in Arizona, Navarre completed 32 of 64 passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions.

He has some good points. He's very intelligent, a hard worker, he's more agile and flexible than you'd expect for a man his size and he can throw a ball through a brick wall. On the minus side, he's not all that accurate (especially on long passes), doesn't always get the ball off in time and gets sacked a lot.

Reminds me of: A young Vinny Testaverde.

How he fits: Navarre is a willing student and a hard worker with some natural talent. If the Colts coaches (and Peyton Manning) have any success teaching him to get the ball off quicker and see the field better, he could give Jim Sorgi a run for the No. 2 spot.


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