Bill's Scouting Combine Research: Quarterback

Packer Report is getting ready for the Scouting Combine and telling you about each of the 328 players who will be in Indianapolis later this month. We lead off this 13-part series with the 19 quarterbacks, ranging from a Heisman winner to three from FBS.

Packer Report's Bill Huber is getting ready for the Scouting Combine, and is sharing some of his research of the 328 players who will be testing for and talking to the Green Bay Packers and the NFL's other 31 teams. We lead off today with the quarterbacks. All heights and weights are from the schools and, therefore, are not official.

B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga (6-5, 220): Spent redshirt and redshirt freshman year at Tennessee before transferring in hopes of getting on the field and running a pro-style offense. He started 29 games, completing 57.3 percent with 52 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He missed three games during his senior season due to an injured throwing elbow sustained on a late hit. Completed career-high 60.9 percent of his passes, and was one of the better quarterbacks during the East-West Shrine week. Definitely has an NFL-caliber arm, and he was an honors student.

Aaron Corp, Richmond (6-3, 205): At USC, Corp had beaten out Matt Barkley to be the starter in spring 2009 but broke his left fibula in that fall's training camp. He transferred to Richmond and started five games in 2010 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury. He stayed healthy as a senior and started all 11 games, completing 63.7 percent with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Against Towson, Corp set a FCS record for completion percentage by hitting on 31-of-34 attempts (91.2 percent) for 353 yards. Inconsistency has been an issue.

Kirk Cousins, Michigan State (6-3, 205): Cousins is the Spartans' career leader in passing touchdowns (66), passing yards (9,131), completions (723), passing efficiency (146.1 rating), total offense (9,004 yards) and 200-yard passing games (26). He finished sixth in Big Ten history with career accuracy of 64.1 and 10th in yards and passing touchdowns. His 27 wins are a school record, and he finished 22-5 in his last two seasons. A talented player, Cousins has the intangibles as the second three-time captain in program history and won the Lowe's Senior Class Award by showing "excellence" in the community, classroom, character and competition. He was selected as one of the National Football Foundation's 16 scholar-athletes.

Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi (6-2, 221): Davis holds practically every record at the school that produced Brett Favre — including 10,727 passing yards, 81 touchdowns and 61.6 percent accuracy — and won the Burlsworth Trophy as the nation's best player who began his career as a walk-on. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he became the school's third freshman to start at quarterback since 1950. He capped the year by being named MVP of the New Orleans Bowl. His sophomore season was cut short by a foot injury in the fifth game but otherwise started every game of his career.

Nick Foles, Arizona (6-5, 240): Foles, who broke Drew Brees' records at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, started his career at Michigan State but was the starter his final three seasons at Arizona State. He closed his career with a school-record 4,334 yards with 28 touchdowns and 69.1 percent accuracy as a senior, and school records of 10,011 passing yards and 67 touchdowns. Not since Bill Demory in 1972 has an Arizona quarterback gone on to play in the NFL.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor (6-2, 220): Coming off a superb sophomore season, Griffin won the Heisman Trophy as a junior by completing 72.4 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards, with 37 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. His passer rating of 189.5 is the second-best in FBS history. Plus, he rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sustained a season-ending knee injury in the third game in 2009. In three seasons, he set or tied 54 school records, and he's one of three players in FBS history with 10,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards. Moreover, he was a second-team Academic All-American who earned a degree in political science in 2010. Griffin set state high school records in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and was named the Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of the year as a senior at Copperas Cove.

— Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois (6-2, 220): With 4,595 total yards as a senior, he ranked third nationally behind Griffin and Houston's Case Keenum. Harnish accounted for 39 total touchdowns and led all quarterbacks with 1,379 rushing yards. He's one of four quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season, and he's one of three to finish with 8,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards for his career. He was selected as one of the National Football Foundation's 16 scholar-athletes.

Jacory Harris, Miami (6-4, 195): At the school once known as Quarterback U, Harris set a school record with 65.0 percent accuracy as a senior. For his career, his 70 touchdown passes and 8,826 passing yards trail only Ken Dorsey's 9,486 yards and 86 touchdowns in Miami history. His touchdowns, however, were offset by 48 interceptions. He went 30-0 and won a pair of state titles as a junior and senior at Northwestern High School in Miami.

Jordan Jefferson, LSU (6-5, 223): His senior season was derailed by a four-game suspension for his role in a bar fight, and it ended with the Tigers gaining a pitiful 92 yards in a 21-0 loss to Alabama in the national championship game. Against the Crimson Tide, he completed 11-of-17 passes for just 53 yards with an interception. In 2009, he was the youngest quarterback to start a season-opener for LSU since Y.A. Tittle in 1945. He arrived in Baton Rouge with a 21-0 record as a starter at Destrehan High School in Covington, La.

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— Case Keenum, Houston (6-2, 210): Keenum departs as the most prolific passer in college football history with 18,685 passing yards. He played in just three games in 2010 (torn ACL) but topped 5,000 yards and had either 44 or 45 touchdowns in 2008, 2009 and 2011. As a senior, he completed 71.7 percent of his passes with 45 touchdowns and just five interceptions, capping his career by throwing for 532 yards against Penn State in his bowl game. He received his bachelor's degree in December 2010 and is working toward his master's degree in physical education with a concentration in sports administration.

Ryan Lindley, San Diego State (6-4, 230): Lindley threw for 3,153 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, capping his year with 413 yards and three touchdowns in the New Orleans Bowl against Louisiana-Lafayette. Lindley, the team's Offensive MVP all four seasons, is the Aztecs' career leader in passing yards (12,690), touchdowns (90), total offense (12,415), completions (961) and quarterback starts (49), and he tops the Mountain West charts in passing yards. His quarterbacks coach was former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Sipe.

Andrew Luck, Stanford (6-4, 235): Luck, the son of former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, figures to be the No. 1 overall pick of the draft. He would have been the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has said. Even while playing only three seasons, he ranks first in school history with 80 touchdown passes (John Elway had 77 in four years) and third with 9,083 passing yards. In 2011, he broke his own school record with 35 touchdown passes.

Kellen Moore, Boise State (6-0, 191): Moore doesn't look like much. He measured just 5-foot-11 at the Senior Bowl. One scout said it looked like Moore had never visited the weight room. But Moore wins games and makes plays. Unwanted by Pac-12 schools after starring at Prosser (Wash.) High School — he was selected Washington's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after throwing a state-record 67 touchdown passes — Moore led the Broncos into national prominence. As a senior, he completed 74.3 percent with 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He is the only quarterback in FBS history with 50 wins.

Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (6-8, 240): The towering Osweiler started for the first time in 2011 but declared for the draft early, anyway. With 4,036 passing yards, he's the Sun Devils' first 4,000-yard passer. He set school records with 326 completions, 516 attempts and 63.2 percent accuracy. In 2009, Osweiler became ASU's first true freshman to start at quarterback since Jake Plummer. Osweiler committed to play basketball at Gonzaga as a sophomore at Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont., but put the focus on football and was Montana's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior.

Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (6-4, 222): Tannehill learned under former Packers coach Mike Sherman. He spent his first 30 games at wide receiver after losing quarterback battles against Stephen McGee and Jerrod Johnson in 2008 and Johnson in 2009. Upon moving to quarterback, he won the starting job as a junior. As a senior, he completed 61.6 percent of his passes with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Great pocket presence with just nine sacks. The former walk-on earned his bachelor's degree in biology in May and plans on attending medical school, and would become an orthopedic surgeon if not for being a potential first-round draft pick. He was selected as one of the National Football Foundation's 16 scholar-athletes.

Darron Thomas, Oregon (6-3, 215): Thomas skipped his senior season after leading the Ducks to victory in the Rose Bowl. He threw at least one touchdown pass in all 26 career starts (23-3 record), and finished with 66 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his career. The former prep All-American is a dual-threat quarterback but his stats were a byproduct of one of the most explosive supporting casts and aggressive schemes in the country.

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (6-4, 218): Weeden, who at age 28 is older than Aaron Rodgers by 49 days, was a second-round pick by the Yankees in Major League Baseball's 2002 draft. The pitcher never progressed past Class A in five seasons and gave up baseball due to a torn labrum and tendinitis in his rotator cuff and joined his hometown university's football team in 2007. He won the starting job as a junior in 2010 and became OSU's first first-team all-conference quarterback since the 1930s. As a senior, he threw for 4,727 yards and 37 touchdowns while completing 72.4 percent of his passes.

Russell Wilson, Wisconsin (5-11, 201): Wilson had a productive three seasons at North Carolina State, throwing for 76 touchdowns and setting a national record by going 379 attempts without an interception. Like Weeden, Wilson has a baseball background, as he was a fourth-round pick by the Rockies in 2009 who hit .228 in Class A. Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien asked Wilson to focus solely on football, and when he wouldn't, O'Brien released Wilson from his scholarship. Because he had earned his degree (communications), Wilson was allowed to sign with Wisconsin and play immediately, and he guided the Badgers to the Big Ten title by throwing 33 touchdowns against just four interceptions. With a passer rating of 191.8, he set a national record.

Patrick Witt, Yale: Witt (6-4, 230) is the third FCS quarterback invited to the Scouting Combine. He started his career at Nebraska, completing six passes as a redshirt freshman in 2008, and transferred to Yale. This year, his story drew national acclaim when he had to choose quarterbacking Yale against bitter rival Harvard or take part in a day-long interview for his Rhodes Scholarship application. However, it turns out the Rhodes Trust had learned that a fellow student had accused Witt of sexual assault and suspended his application. The accuser never went to police, no charges were filed and only an informal complaint to the school was made. Click here for a New York Times story posted Jan. 26. On the field, he owns school career records with 549 completions, 913 attempts, 6,033 yards, 60.1 percent accuracy and is second with 37 touchdowns. He was selected as one of the National Football Foundation's 16 scholar-athletes.

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