Josh McCown (Sam Houston State) -- McCown is a gifted athlete with a strong arm and 4.58 speed. Once Carr and Harrington come off the board there is another group of 3-5 solid quarterback prospects, but McCown possesses the best combination of natural ability and upside potential. I have had him as a Top-5 rated quarterback since early December; so don't be surprised when he becomes a day one selection.
Patrick Ramsey (Tulane) -- Ramsey has impressive arm strength and throws the short to intermediate game very well. A scholar-athlete he may need some time to adjust to reading pro defenses, but Ramsey has enough intangibles to become an efficient starter in the NFL.
Rohan Davey (LSU) -- Davey is a hard prospect to judge. He is big and strong with the ability to make all the throws. Davey would not fall into the "project" category, but he will need at least one year of grooming before he could challenge for a starting role - in many ways he is similar to Quincy Carter (Dallas).
Kurt Kittner (Illinois) -- Kittner throws the ball with good zip, but overall has only average arm strength. He actually reminds me more of a Tim Rattay-type (San Francisco) - a steady No. 2 that can come in and win games for you off the bench, but someone whose play will eventually even out if asked to carry the load.
Nick Rolovich (Hawaii) -- Rolovich is a former JC transfer who came on strong during his senior campaign. He shows good mobility and can be a very accurate passer. While he lacks ideal size -- his style of play and production are reminiscent of a young Jeff Garcia (San Francisco).
J.T. O'Sullivan (Cal-Davis) -- O'Sullivan is an intelligent signal caller that understands the game and can read defenses as well as anyone available at this position. He set several school passing records, both season and career, and should make a rather easy transition into being a heady backup in the pros.
Bobby Pesavento (Colorado) -- A physically gifted signal caller, Pesavento (6-4, 228 lbs.) was a double-transfer before landing with the Buffaloes. He showed the ability to lead his team to victory this season. All he lacks is exposure and experience -- once those two aspects come Pesavento will prove to be a legitimate challenger for a starting job in the league.
Wes Pate (Stephen F. Austin) -- Pate transferred from Louisiana Tech and has the desired combination of size, toughness and leadership that teams look for in a young, signal caller. He threw 49 touchdown passes in only 29 career starts.
"Sleeper" -- Seth Burford (Cal-Poly) -- Burford is a big QB (6-3, 240 lbs.) with a solid arm. He has the ability to read defenses and understands the game well. His level of competition is questionable, but his potential would make him an intriguing late-round choice.
John Murphy, is the editor of www.draft2002.com and Director of Scouting and
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top prospect at each position will be highlighted followed by a complete look
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