Scouting the South Quarterbacks

This is the first of our coverage of the Senior Bowl signal callers from the South squad.

Quarterback play in the windy conditions in Mobile, Alabama often looked more like Joe Flacco in the Ravens loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers rather than Kurt Warner in the Cardinals win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Still, there was one quarterback who not only survived the conditions, but turned heads, Alabama's John Parker Wilson.

Although most of the top quarterback prospects in this years draft are juniors, Alabama's John Parker Wilson took his first step in getting into the conversation to be selected early on. Wilson showed a fantastic arm as his pinpoint passes cut through the swirling winds.

"I think my arm showed pretty good," Wilson told Scout.com. "The wind was howling and for the most part I think I did pretty good."

Wilson showed good athleticism and an ability to move around in the pocket and throw with accuracy, something the other South team quarterbacks were unable to do. If Wilson can continue his fine play, he will likely be the first senior quarterback selected in the draft.

Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper entered his senior year with great expectations, and much like his Tigers team, he didn't have the year he wanted. Harper showed more of what dropped him from a projected first-round pick just a few months ago to a late-round selection on Sunday, as he struggled to throw through the wind, and was anything but accurate. Harper held the ball too long on several occasions and had a very disappointing day. Harper must rebound from Monday's performance if his name is going to be called by anyone in April's draft.

The only thing that made Harper look better was the play of West Virginia quarterback Pat White. Many figure the speedy White to make a position change on the next level, and the way he played quarterback on Monday, a position change is certainly in order. White's release was poor, his accuracy was non-existent, and he showed virtually no pocket presence despite wearing a yellow jersey.

If the South team doesn't need three quarterbacks, White should immediately think about running some routes with the wide receivers.


Jags Illustrated Top Stories