Opinions vary as to whether the Cowboys will draft a quarterback in the NFL Draft next weekend, but it's clear another quarterback is needed so the team can begin grooming an heir apparent for Tony Romo. Third-string quarterbacks aren't selected to play right away, obviously, and generally are presumed to need years of grooming before they'll be ready to get on the field.
Whether the team chooses a quarterback or not, the Dallas scouting department is doing its homework, and had a pair of well-known passers in Tuesday at Valley Ranch: Sam Houston State's Rhett Bomar and Missouri's Chase Daniel.
At first glance, Bomar is everything coaches covet in a quarterback. In 2004, most recruiting analysts considered him the No. 1 quarterback in the country, and the prize of Oklahoma's recruiting class before his involvement with a Norman car dealership led to his departure from OU. He sat out the entire 2006 season at Sam Houston State after transferring, and then tore his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in November 2007. Upon his return to the field, however, Bomar excelled with the Bearkats, piling up nine 300-yard passing games and ending his career as the all-time passing leader in SHSU history.
At 6-2 ¼, 225, 4.82, he has the physical tools to play the position. Most scouts and coaches would prefer if he was an inch or two taller, but he has a strong, physically mature physique and a powerful passing arm. He has a high, quick throwing motion, throws well on the run and on touch passes. The son of a high school coach, Bomar has been around the game all his life, and is a strong, confident leader.
Some analysts have Bomar ranked as high as the fourt-best quarterback prospect in the draft, and have suggested he could go in the second round. Given his departure from Norman and the lower level of competition he faced at Sam Houston State, that's probably a little high – look for him to go in the third or fourth round, instead.
Daniel is everything Bomar is not … at least physically. At 6-0, 219, 4.92, Daniel is the player many observers immediately dismiss as unable to produce … until they see him play. He's not big, he's not fast and he doesn't have a strong arm. What he does have, though, is exceptional accuracy, loads of experience (he started three years at Mizzou), an exceptionally high "football IQ" and a deep understanding of his offense and opposing defenses.
What he lacks in physical tools, however, he makes up for in productivity. Daniel threw for 4,335 yards, 39 touchdowns and 18 interceptions as a senior. Over the course of his career, he piled up 12,515 passing yards, 101 touchdown passes and 41 interceptions. Many argue that his production was a result of Mizzou's pass-happy offense, but there are a lot of quarterbacks who play in similar offenses who don't put up anything near the gaudy stats Daniel has.
Nevertheless, it has to be considered a longshot for Daniel to make it in the NFL, where many coaches still prefer quarterbacks who look and throw like Drew Bledsoe – the 6-5 pocket quarterback with a huge arm. Daniel was second-team All-America and a Heisman Trophy finalist, but he has nowhere near the prototype quarterback's body and intermediate passes are the extent of his passing range. But because of his exceptional statistics, he'll get a shot somewhere, either as a free agent or as a sixth- or seventh-round selection.
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