With the majority of draft-eligible signal callers meeting or exceeding the expectations of NFL scouts, next April's crop of passers could be a good one. Should the top underclassmen opt for April's event, the position will be top heavy with juniors. Still, the senior class offers plenty of talent. Here are scouting reports on the top 11 quarterback prospects.
Productive left handed passer with
outstanding field awareness. Patient
in the pocket, buys time for receivers and quickly finds the open wide out.
Does a terrific job selling ball fakes, looks off opposing safeties and consistently goes to
secondary targets. Throws with an over-the-top delivery and displays an adequate
deep arm as well as accuracy down the field. Moves
behind the line of scrimmage trying to find open pass catchers and always working to make something positive happen.
Quick setting up and releasing the ball off a three-step drop.
Immobile and cannot escape the rush.
Does not drive the ball downfield.
After winning the Heisman Trophy last
December, Leinart passed up the opportunity to be a top five pick in the NFL draft for anther season in
college. Mentally understanding the game, Leinart does a terrific job commanding
the offense and possesses great intangibles. May not be productive in a
system which wants a consistent vertical offense yet a quarterback who
can start in the NFL.
: Big-armed, accurate passer who does an
outstanding job commanding the offense.
Natural looking off the safety, sits in the pocket buying time
receivers and drives the ball downfield with a flick of his
wrist. Loses nothing throwing
on the run and accurate passing on the move.
Leads targets with throws, letting
receivers go up and get the ball. Fires the ball between defenders and consistently
shows outstanding pass placement. Effectively reads the defense and finds the open
Takes most of his snaps out of the shotgun.
Gathers and readies himself before
releasing the ball. Has
a three quarters delivery and releases the ball through his ear, at
times throwing with
almost a side arm motion. Under
throws deep targets on occasion.
Could be criticized for holding the ball too long.
A physically talented football player and
gifted signal caller, Jacobs has outstanding
potential for the next level.
Benefits from a quarterback friendly system at BGSU and
must learn to play a pro-style offense but a quarterback prospect
NFL-franchises can build around.
Mid-American Conference is becoming well-known for the talented quarterbacks
placed into the NFL for a half-decade now. Several passers made their way
into the draft's top-twenty selections and are still blossoming into terrific
NFL signal callers. Tonight we profile the next great one to come from
: Athletic quarterback with immense physical
ability. Possesses a live arm, zips
into targets or easily gets passes downfield.
Quick release and immediately gets the
ball out of his hand. Goes
to the safe underneath route if nothings available down
ball carrier who displays outstanding vision and the ability to create.
Does not correctly read the defense.
Must improve his overall accuracy and pass
placement. Needs to
An amazing athlete with the ability to
improvise when plays break down based on sheer
innate skill, Young must learn to become a complete passer rather
then just a thrower.
Has been making consistent strides and offers an incredible
amount of upside potential.
Would benefit from
two more years in college to hone his skills.
: Nice sized pocket passer with an NFL arm.
Sets up with good footwork, scans
the field and has a
live arm. Drives the ball pass,
zips the outs or powers the throw
between defenders. Relatively
accurate in all areas. Some ability
to make the throw on
Lacks pure pass placement.
Not a mobile quarterback who eludes the rush.
been more potential than production prior to this season.
Seemingly taking like a duck to water in the
new offensive system installed at Notre
Dame by Charlie Weiss, the outlook for Brady Quinn is bright.
Has a large amount of
upside potential for the NFL and can be a very high draft pick if
he stays in school the
next two seasons and learns from a top NFL offensive mind.
Athletic quarterback who flashes ability.
Possesses a live arm, easily gets the ball
downfield or drives passes between defenders.
Gets outside the pocket and fires the
ball on the move. Tough
ball carrier when he takes-off up the field.
Possesses a sense of timing and hits receivers at they leave
breaks. Patient, stays in
the pocket as long as possible or scrambles behind the line of
scrimmage buying time for wide outs.
Stares down primary targets, misses open
receivers down the field and makes
questionable tosses when pressured. Not a decisive signal caller.
Has a lot of passes
batted away at the line of scrimmage.
Tough to stop when he's on his game, McNeal
makes a lot of plays thanks to a strong
arm. Possesses the
physical skills to play in the NFL and a solid long term,
developmental passer who must iron out the rough edges.
Pos: Tremendous athlete slowly turning from a
thrower into a passer and complete
in the pocket, buys time for receivers and finds the open wide out.
Leads pass catchers over the middle, puts deep throws in front of
receivers and lets targets run to the ball.
Stands in the pocket taking a hit to get the
throw off. Eludes
the rush then easily make the throw on the move.
Picks up a lot
yardage with his legs.
Stares down the primary target.
Adversely reacts to pressure and at times panics if he
does not immediately find the open wide out.
Late looking to secondary targets and
does not possess sense of timing. Tends to fall out of throws, which hurts his accuracy.
Spirals are not
tight. Lacks proto-typical size.
Benefiting from the coaching of Urban Meyer,
junior quarterback Chris leak has shown
major improvement this year.
Possesses a great deal upside potential for the next level
yet far from the
complete product and should remain in college as long as a possible,
which would improve his draft grade.
: Athletic passer with a command of the
offense. Patient in the pocket,
buys time for
receivers and waits until last-second before delivering the ball.
Gets outside the pocket
and makes the pass
on the move. Leads receivers over
the middle and displays a
sense of timing. Powers
the ball between defenders and throws tight spirals. Decisive in
Shifty carrying the ball and picks up yardage with his legs.
Rarely takes his eyes off the primary target.
trouble withstanding the rush.
A productive collegiate quarterback that's
done a good job leading a very average
program, Cutler has definite potential for the NFL.
May never develop into a
consistent starter at the next level yet his approach to the game
abilities make him worth keeping on a roster.
: Physically gifted signal caller who flashes
ability. Sells the ball fakes,
the pass and has a live arm.
Tough, stands in the pocket and gets the throw off even if it
means taking a big
hit. Moves around the line of
scrimmage to get a better view of the
between the numbers, puts touch on throws and
shows pass placement in the short field.
Puts deep passes in front of receivers
letting them run to the ball.
Natural looking off the safety.
Must improve timing as he's late delivering
the ball. Usually high of the mark
receivers extending backwards to make the reception out to the
flanks. Not decisive when pressured
decisions. Tends to gather and
ready himself before releasing the
An athletic pocket passer with good size,
Whitehurst's decision making has come under
rather than one that carries a team on his back, he may just need
proper coaching and
one-on-one handholding to get the most of him.
: Strong armed, athletic passer who loses
nothing making the throw on the move.
Challenges the vertical game and powers the ball between
defenders. Patient in the
pocket, buying time for receivers and allows them to come free.
Puts touch on throws when
necessary and gets
the ball into tight spots. Hits
receivers in stride or leads them over
Good job commanding the offense.
Does not consistently remain poised under
pressure. Stares down primary
makes questionable passes. Falls
out of throws which adversely affects his accuracy.
Drops into the pocket as though he were a left-handed
A physically talented passer with the arm
strength to play in the NFL, Hackney has
shown improvement and as a result will jump up draft boards.
Needs to continue on his
present pace then have a solid showing in the post season.
Potential middle round pick
who can play in the NFL.
: Accurate and productive college quarterback
with upside for the next level.
Patient in the pocket, senses the rush and waits for receivers to
come free, not releasing
the ball until the
very last second. Possesses a sense
of timing and has a great feel for
where receivers are on the field. Natural looking off the safety and puts touch on throws
when required. Goes
to the safe outlet if nothings available downfield.
Slow getting the ball out of his hands on
three-step drops or the immediate release. Loses accuracy throwing on the run. Lacks pocket stature
and cannot drive the ball
Gradkowsi has been a solid and productive
player on the college level.
Adequate athlete and solid developmental prospect.
: Accurate and athletic passer with a solid
arm. Quickly sets in the pocket,
fakes and throws a catchable pass. Patient and waits until last second before releasing
the pass. Puts touch
on throws when necessary. Displays
Has a long injury history and durability
concerns. Not a quarterback who
picks up much
yardage with his legs. Lacks
pocket size and stature.
Hard working and smart, Coyle is productive
when healthy and tough to stop when on
his game. That said
he receives in incomplete grade because of the injury history, a
situation which will drop this draft grade.