Preseason Top 20 College Quarterbacks

Scout.com NFL Analyst Chris Steuber shares his list of the nation's Top 20 college quarterbacks as they prepare to showcase their skills. Find out who NFL scouts will be keeping an eye on for the 2008 draft!

1. Brian Brohm (6-foot-4, 224-pounds), Louisville (Sr.)

If Brohm is healthy, he's the best quarterback in the country. But the problem with Brohm is that he has a history of injury problems. In 2005, he suffered a season-ending knee injury and in 2006, he injured his thumb and missed for 4 weeks of action. Making the decision to return for his senior season was a tough one  because Louisville had just hired a new coach after Bobby Petrino left for the Atlanta Falcons and Brohm was a potential first round selection had he opted to enter the 2007 NFL Draft. With the hopes of a big year in 2007, Brohm has a chance to solidify his place in the top three in the 2008 draft.

2. Chad Henne (6-foot-2, 224-pounds), Michigan (Sr.)

Michigan has a history of producing NFL-ready quarterbacks -- Jim Harbaugh, Elvis Grbac, Brian Griese, and Tom Brady, just to name a few. Henne will join that list shortly. If you're looking for a consistent quarterback that can run an offense efficiently and be a great leader on and off the field, Henne is the perfect fit for your team. He's been the starting quarterback for the Wolverines since his arrival at Ann Arbor. Over his first three seasons at Michigan, Henne's thrown 70 touchdown passes and just 28 interceptions. If he continues his steady production this season, he will be a legitimate first-round selection.

3. Colt Brennan (6-foot-3, 205-pounds), Hawaii (Sr.)

The misconception about Colt Brennan is that he's a system quarterback and just another overrated quarterback in Hawaii's high-scoring offense. But if you pay attention to his game, Brennan is a star who just happens to play in Hawaii. Posting 58 touchdowns last season is unprecedented and has a video-game likeness, but Brennan flashes a strong arm and the ability to make all the throws. With a strong senior season, the buzz around Brennan will be real.

4. Andre Woodson (6-foot-5, 230-pounds), Kentucky (Sr.)

Kentucky's Andre Woodson
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Many have never heard of Andre Woodson, but after this season, he has the potential to be a top-ten selection in the 2008 draft. Woodson had a breakout season last year when he threw for 3,515 yards, 31 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. If he continues to make progress and develop his game, he will be ranked high by scouts due to his potential.

5. John David Booty (6-foot-3, 210-pounds), USC (Sr.)

Booty is an interesting quarterback because he spent his first three seasons backing up Matt Leinart. After back surgery in early 2006, he returned to the team in full health and showed what he could do on the field, compiling 3,347 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Booty emerged from Leinart's shadow and looks to elevate his draft stock in 2007.

6. Matt Ryan (6-foot-5, 218-pounds), Boston College (Sr.)

A smart, savvy, field general, Ryan brings a lot of intangibles to the football field. He's an excellent leader who makes smart decisions and puts his teammates in the right position to make plays. Statistically, he's not going to impress you, but it's the little things he does as a quarterback that helps a team.

7. Erik Ainge (6-foot-6, 220-pounds), Tennessee (Sr.)

Ainge's inconsistent performance during his career at Tennessee doesn't accurately reflect his overall talent, but he has shown signs of being an efficient quarterback. He suffered a torn meniscus earlier this year, and it will be interesting to see how the injury will impact his performance in 2007.

8. Matt Flynn (6-foot-3, 228-pounds), LSU (Sr.)

LSU's Matt Flynn
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One player you probably never heard of is Matt Flynn. He red-shirted his freshman season and was the third-string quarterback behind Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell. Over the next two seasons, Flynn was the backup to Russell, but with Russell leaving school early for the NFL Draft, Flynn finally has his opportunity. He has a strong arm and a lot of weapons around him this season to emerge as an elite quarterback.

9. Chase Holbrook (6-foot-5, 235-pounds), New Mexico State (Jr.)

My highest-rated junior quarterback, Holbrook possesses excellent size and skills. He had a tremendous sophomore season for the Aggies, recording 4,619 passing yards, 34 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. It's unknown what his plans are after this season, but if he posts numbers this year that are similar to last season, Holbrook will have a big decision to make.

10. Nate Longshore (6-foot-5, 233-pounds), California (Jr.)

Longshore will miss running back Marshawn Lynch this season, but he will count on wide receiver DeSean Jackson emerging as his go-to-guy. Blessed with excellent size and poise, Longshore has a strong arm and looks to take his game to the next level.

The rest of the list:

11. Josh Johnson (6-foot-3, 200-pounds), San Diego (Sr.)

12. Chase Daniel (6-foot, 225-pounds), Missouri (Jr.)

13. Anthony Morelli (6-foot-4, 232-pounds), Penn State (Sr.)

14. Bobby Reid (6-foot-3, 235-pounds), Oklahoma State (Jr.)

15. Graham Harrell (6-foot-3, 197-pounds), Texas Tech (Jr.)

16. Sam Keller (6-foot-4, 230-pounds), Nebraska (Sr.)

17. Paul Smith (6-foot-2, 193-pounds), Tulsa (Sr.)

18. Dennis Dixon (6-foot-4, 240-pounds), Oregon (Sr.)

19. Ricky Santos (6-foot-2, 215-pounds), New Hampshire (Sr.)

20. Joe Flacco (6-foot-6, 230-pounds), Delaware (Sr.)


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. The former publisher of NFLDraftPro.com, Chris has also covered the NFL Draft for the Eagles' official website, PhiladelphiaEagles.com.



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