Scouting the top QB prospects

As part of our series previewing the NFL draft, we examine the top prospects at every position. This installment features the quarterbacks.

Overall class strength: This is probably an average year for the position, and a lot will depend on how Matt Leinart and Vince Young pan out because both are highly ranked prospects with some serious concerns following them. It's not a particularly deep group, with a major drop-off between the first and second echelons.

The best: Matt Leinart, USC; Vince Young, Texas; Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt.

The next wave: Brodie Croyle, Alabama; Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson; Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green; Paul Pinegar, Fresno State.

Possible sleepers: Erik Meyer, Eastern Washington; Ingle Martin, Furman; Barrick Nealy, Texas State; Brett Elliott, Linfield.

First-round projections: Leinart, Young, Cutler

Quick hits: Leinart was highly successful in college, but the truth is his arm strength isn't very good and there are concerns about just how passionate he is about the game. ... The Wonderlic issue aside, the biggest concern about Young should be his sidearm delivery, which negates his great size when he's throwing from the pocket. ... Croyle has tools, but there are some major durability issues there. ... Whitehurst is the son of former Green Bay quarterback David Whitehurst. ... A few prominent college quarterbacks will be asked to switch positions in the NFL, among them Penn State's Michael Robinson, Missouri's Brad Smith and Virginia's Marques Hagans.


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