As more starting quarterbacks find themselves on injury reports and some teams will lose QBs to free agency in March, NFL scouts will be looking for the next Tom Brady. Backup QBs will be an emphasis in this year¹s NFL draft.
Full Name: Matt Leinart School: USC
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 220 40: 4.81
The Good: Athletic passer with a live arm, and the ability
to throw all the passes. Sets up with solid footwork, shows excellent vision in
the pocket and quickly finds the open wide out on the field. Patient, looks off
the safety and takes the safe underneath route if nothing is available down the
field. Displays excellent timing, senses the rush and stands in the pocket
taking a hit in order to get the pass off. Challenges the vertical game, yet
rarely makes mistakes or throws poor passes. Very accurate, hits targets on the
mark and receivers rarely break stride to make the reception. Poised under
pressure, knows where receivers are on the field and quickly gets the ball out
of his hand.
The Bad: Not a mobile quarterback that eludes the rush. Gathers
and takes a while to get the pass released when rolling outside the pocket. Has
a tendency to stare down the primary target.
The Skinny: After seamlessly taking over for Heisman Trophy winner
and former number one pick Carson Palmer, Leinart has not missed a beat and
possesses outstanding potential for the next level. Could be used in a variety
of systems as he combines both athletic skills and mental intangibles to lead a
franchise at the next level. Must physically mature and is a quarterback
prospect best served sitting on the sidelines for a season yet a signal caller a
franchise can build a team around for the next decade.
Full Name: Aaron Rodgers School: California
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 200 40: 4.75
The Good: Fleet footed passer who makes positive plays in the
pocket or on the move. Quickly sets up with solid footwork, moves around in
order to find the open receiver and has an explosive release. Displays good zip
on intermediate throws and leads targets with passes. Very accurate and smartly
places the ball for pass catchers. Sells the ball fakes, displays the ability to
elude the rush and gets rid of the ball rather then taking a sack. Shows
tremendous field awareness, patience and buys as much time as possible for
receivers. Slips the rush and gets outside the pocket. Goes through receiver
progressions, does not rush as the pocket collapses and shows great field
vision. Fleet footed and makes plays running the ball.
The Bad: Winds-up which slows the delivery of passes. Gathers
himself releasing the pass off a three-step drop. Must be more precise with the
outs as the ball is late or off the mark. Seemingly has difficulty seeing over
the line at times.
The Skinny: Yet another terrific prospect being delivered by
quarterback guru Jeff Tedford, Rogers looks to have the makings of an
outstanding NFL-passer. Should be a perfect fit for a west coast offense, yet
will also excel in other types of systems. And while he must improve his arm
strength, the mental understanding of the position will help Rogers go a long
way at the next level.
Full Name: Andrew Walter School: Arizona State
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 236 40: 4.91
The Good: Big pocket passer with excellent physical skills and the
arm strength to match. Sets up to throw with solid footwork, patient and buys
time for receivers. Calm as the pocket collapses around him, gets rid of the
ball with a flick of his wrist and possesses a quick release. Scans the field,
goes through receiver progressions and strong enough to withstand the rush. Gets
the ball away with defenders draped on him. Zips the ball between defenders,
leads receivers over the middle and easily drives passes down the field.
The Bad: Changes the point of release and throws with a three
quarter delivery. Has a low trajectory for a tall quarterback and occasionally
whips the ball from the side. Not an elusive passer that can escape the rush.
Makes questionable throws at times and occasionally puts the ball up for grabs.
Has been a streaky passer and lacks precise accuracy.
The Skinny: In the midst of a terrific senior campaign, Walter
possesses the physical skills to be a starting quarterback at the next level.
May finally be pulling all the pieces together and is capable of leading a team.
Does have a downside but when hitting on all cylinders, another passer you can
build a franchise around.
Full Name: David Greene School: Georgia
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230 40: 4.93
The Good: Productive four-year passer with an outstanding feel for
the position. Sells the ball fakes, shows terrific field vision in the pocket
and displays excellent timing on throws. Patient, senses pressure and always on
the same page as receivers. Throws a catchable ball and does not make receivers
work hard for the reception. Very accurate between the numbers, leads targets
over the middle and accurately places throws. Stays with the action and does not
panic if things break down. Displays zip on intermediate throws and passes with
a fluid delivery.
The Bad: Not elusive and cannot avoid the rush. Possesses marginal
skills getting outside the pocket to make the pass on the move. Does not drive
the deep throw or posses a big arm.
The Skinny: A tremendously productive collegiate passer, Green
offers a lot of skills that will help him at the next level. His sense of
timing, anticipation and accuracy in the short passing game makes him perfectly
suited for a running offense that likes to control the ball on the ground.
Full Name: Dan Orlovsky School: Connecticut
Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 230 40: 4.89
The Good: Big strong pocket passer who possesses both the arm
strength and intelligence to play at the next level. Sets up with good footwork,
stands strong in the pocket and sees the field. Patient, immediately finds the
open receiver on blitzes or goes through progressions, getting the ball to
secondary targets if nothings available down the field. Can move outside the
pocket and make the pass. Accurately places the deep outs. Does an excellent job
with his reads and rarely makes poor choices. Tough and stands in the pocket
until the last second. Accurate and places the ball where only his receivers can
make the reception. Displays excellent timing, zips the ball over the middle or
puts the air under corner patterns.
The Bad: Not elusive or a passer that picks up yardage with his
feet. Forces the pass on occasion. Big arm yet does not drive the ball
The Skinny: Little known until his senior campaign, Orlovsky has
been one of the better quarterbacks in college football the past two years.
Possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, he must now get
comfortable competing at a high level of competition on a weekly basis. A solid
first day pick who could move into the top 45 with solid post season showings.
Full Name: Kyle Orton School: Purdue
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 217 40: 5.11
The Good: Productive signal caller that's done a tremendous job
leading a passing offense in college. Patient in the pocket, buys time for
receivers and goes through progressions looking the open wide out. Displays a
great sense of knowing where pass catchers are on the field and takes what the
defense gives him. Very accurate down the field or over the middle, hits
receivers in stride or places passes in front of targets and lets them run to
the ball. Scrambles in the pocket buying time and waits until last second before
releasing the ball. Zips the intermediate range throws. Does a terrific
job sensing the blitz, picking up hot wide outs and not making bad decisions
under pressure. Takes the safe underneath option rather than forcing the throw.
Stands strong in the face of pressure.
The Bad: Slow setting up and releasing the ball off a three step
drop. Possesses just average arm strength and lacks the quick release or ability
to drive the deep throw. Could improve his overall footwork. Changes his point
of release in order to get the pass off. Most snaps are taken out to of the
shotgun formation and has a tendency to stray or float in the pocket when lined
up behind center.
The Skinny: Orton has done a terrific job leading Purdue's
offense and taking command of the passing game. Has athletic limitations and
must be schooled in the details of the pro-passing game yet a solid prospect for
the next level that could flourish in a west coast offensive system.
Full Name: Jason White School: Oklahoma
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 225 40: 4.91
The Good: Intelligent passer with a good feel for the position.
Quick setting up in the pocket and displays solid footwork lined up behind
center. Patient, remains poised as the pocket collapses then scans the field
looking for the open receiver, buying time for pass catchers. Does not make bad
choices when pressured and takes a hit to get the throw off. Does a good job
with reads or checks at the line of scrimmage and in total control of the
situation. Works hard. Good sense of timing.
The Bad: Possesses only average accuracy outside of 10-yards and
does not have a live arm. Really does not lead receivers with throws and late on
the timing passes. Not elusive or one that makes plays with his feet. Has a
history of injuries which includes major knee surgery
The Skinny: A natural leader that's done well on the college
level, White's injury past and limited arm strength adds up to just marginal
upside for the next level. Could be a consummate clipboard holder and a
quarterback that bounces around the league for a decade.
Full Name: Charlie Frye School: Akron
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 225 40: 4.81
The Good: Nice sized passer with both the athleticism and
intelligence to succeed at the next level. Sets up with solid footwork, scans
the field and finds open wide outs. Not afraid to challenge the vertical game,
yet at the same time takes the safe underneath outlet if nothings available down
the field. Does a solid job with his reads and makes good decisions in the
The Bad: Not a mobile passer that eludes the rush. Only average
accuracy and poor timing on the outs. Possesses a solid arm but by no means has
a gun or the ability to drive the ball downfield.
The Skinny: A solid collegian that's been productive four
seasons running, Fry is a natural leader, that's been counted on to lead
his team. Offers potential at the next level but may only flourish in a limited
number of offensive systems and will need time to develop his skills.
Full Name: Jason Campbell School: Auburn
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 221 40: 4.69
The Good: Athletic passer with solid physical skills. Sized well,
patient in the pocket and remains poised under pressure. Does a good job
locating the open receiver on the field, works to make positive plays and
relatively accurate. Throws with an over the top delivery. Passes have both
speed and velocity. Pulls the ball down and takes off up the field when
pressured or throws the pass away rather than forcing the pass. Sets quickly in
the pocket and immediately gets the ball out of his hand.
The Bad: Must improve his overall footwork. Not a nifty or nimble
passer that consistently eludes the rush. Late on his timing, possesses only
average long accuracy and does not have a true deep arm.
The Skinny: Possessing the physical skills needed to play at the
next level, Campbell is putting together a fine senior campaign and moving up
draft boards. While his overall game still needs work, he offers a good amount
of potential for a team willing to be patient and develop his skills.
Full Name: Charlie Whitehurst School: Clemson
Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 215 40: 4.85
The Good: Athletic quarterback with a good arm and the ability to
produce when plays breakdown. Patient in the pocket, reads the defense and finds
the open receiver on the field. Relatively accurate between the numbers and
places passes in front of receivers, letting them run to the ball. Tough,
withstands the rush and strong when he pulls the ball down and takes off up the
field. Puts touch on throws when necessary or passes to the safe underneath
route if nothings available. Can scramble, avoid the rush then make the throw on
the move. Sells the play action pass and throws strikes down the middle of the
The Bad: Must improve his footwork releasing the ball as he steps
out of throws or releases the pass off his back foot. Does not do a good job
sensing pressure. Must improve his overall timing, especially throwing the outs.
The Skinny: A good athlete that makes plays with either his arm or
legs, Whitehurst has consistently improved and is slowly becoming a passer
rather than just a thrower on the college level. Potentially could be effective
in a variety of offensive systems at the next level and though he must iron out
the rough edges of his game, Whitehurst offers a lot of potential for the next
level if a team is willing to be patient.
Full Name: Derek Anderson School: Oregon State
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 235 40: 5.01
The Good: Nice sized pocket passer with an NFL arm. Sets up with
solid footwork, finds the open wide out and does a nice job sensing the rush or
seeing the blitz. Leads receivers over the middle and relatively accurate
between the numbers. Puts touch on throws when required and gives receivers a
chance to make the reception.
The Bad: Starts with poor ball placement, stares down the primary
target and makes questionable decisions when pressured. Does not always show
great poise and throws the ball off his back foot rather than properly
following-through and taking a hit.
The Skinny: A bit of an enigma, Anderson has been a streaky
quarterback with a pattern of inconsistency the past three seasons at Oregon
State. Possessing the physical skills to be a player at the next level, he must
improve his overall game, yet is worth the risk of a late round choice in
next April's draft.
Full Name: Danny Wimprine School: Memphis
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 225 40: 4.93
The Good: Intelligent passer with a good feel for the position and
understanding of the game. Buys as much time for receivers as possible,
scrambles around the pocket looking for open wide outs and makes good decisions.
Senses pressure then steps up to avoid it, all along displaying outstanding
field vision. Knows where receivers are on the field. Stands strong in the
pocket and very accurate over the middle. Displays a sense of timing and leads
receivers with tosses.
The Bad: Marginal skills avoiding the rush or throwing on the run.
Lacks the big arm and not accurate down the field. Seemingly has difficulty
seeing over the line at times.
The Skinny: While he does not pass the eyeball test, Wimprine is a
productive passer with solid potential for the next level. Could be an effective
backup for a running offense and or potentially develop into a starter if a team
is willing to develop the offense around his strengths.
Full Name: Brad Smith School: Missouri
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 208 40: 4.65
The Good: Outstanding athlete that beats opponents with his arm or
legs. Quickly sets up in the pocket with good footwork, sells the ball fakes and
always keeps the defense on their toes. Possesses a live arm and zips the ball
downfield with a flick of his wrist. Can thread a needle and has no problem
making the throw on the move. Buys time for receivers scrambling around the
backfield and displays good footwork carrying the ball.
The Bad: Must be more patient in pocket as he is very quick to run
with the ball. Makes questionable throws at times, stares down the primary
targets and does not do a god job reading the defense. Must improve his long
accuracy and general sense of timing.
The Skinny: A tremendous athlete, Smith must now learn to become a
passer rather than just a thrower on the college level. Easily beats opponents
with natural abilities, yet must round out his entire game and learn to play
within the game to reach his potential for the next level.
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