Quarterback ratings

QUARTERBACK CLASS THE ELITE 1. Carson Palmer USC 6-5, 232 4.63 Heisman Trophy winner has sound mechanics, already negotiating with Cincinnati Bengals. 2. Byron Leftwich Marshall 6-5 236 4.88 Competitive pocket passer has eased teams' prior concerns about twice-fractured tibia. 3. Kyle Boller Cal 6-3, 233 4.59 Rapid improvement under Jeff Tedford and workouts could propel athletic passer into top half of first round.

SECOND TIER

4. Rex Grossman Florida 6-1 216 5.05 Quick release, but will he succeed where so many other Gator passers have failed?

5. Chris Simms Texas 6-4, 220 4.82 Phil Simms' son has the pedigree and arm strength, but has locked on to receivers at times and really struggled against Oklahoma.

6. Dave Ragone Louisville 6-3, 249 4.87 Unorthodox southpaw is resilient and rebounding nicely from disastrous senior year.

ON THE CUSP

7. Kliff Kingsbury Texas Tech 6-3 213 4.73 Ultra-productive with 12,054 yards, 92 TDs. Is that because of him or Red Raiders' offense?

8. Jason Gesser Washington St. 6-0 205, 4.85 Average build and size, yet he operates pro-style offense with rhythm.

9. Ken Dorsey Miami 6-4 208 4.88 Proven winner lacks critical element: muscle on his throws.

10. Brooks Bollinger Wisconsin 6-1 205 4.77 Versatile athlete has demonstrated he can throw on the run in Big Ten Conference.

SLEEPERS: Seneca Wallace (Iowa State); Brad Banks (Iowa); Tony Romo (Eastern Illinois); Curt Anes (Grand Valley State); Rob Adamson (Mt. Union).


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