I'd have to say the absolute best quarterback decision made by any NFL club this spring was made by the Chicago Bears! I can promise you one thing for sure today; none of the QB's selected in the draft this week end is going to throw for 4,526 yards, complete 384 passes or throw 25 TD passes next season.
I have no doubt that both of this year's "Top Gun" quarterbacks are talented individuals with all the physical qualities and athletic skills necessary to effectively become front line NFL quarterbacks, but in both cases their road to success will be paved with many pitfalls.
Sanchez has a nice stroke, can throw effectively on the move, gets the ball out quickly and was an accurate thrower. My main concern is that he is a one year starter and has never faced true adversity as a college quarterback. Would we (Sanchez) be saying these same positive things about his skill set had he been quarterbacking the Temple Owls or Utah State University this past season?
I believe one can tell a great deal about an athlete who is looking down the barrel of a gun, rather than seeing him in a positive setting. Don't get me wrong, I've liked what I've seen, but there are still a lot of questioned yet to be answered.
His individual workout I am told was extremely positive, but again throwing on-air in shorts with no defensive pressure is a far cry from looking at a third and twenty-one in the late afternoon at Three River Stadium trailing by twelve with three minutes left in the contest.
Matthew (don't call me Matt) Stafford, on the other hand is an impressive looking athlete with a giant arm (similar to that of Bert Jones, Jeff George or Terry Bradshaw). He has the abilities to make every throw, but I was disappointed in his throwing accuracy, ability to read coverage, his throwing release, footwork, and the way he consistently tried to force the ball into some tight windows. I also didn't think he looked off especially well. He's talented, but he's not ready for prime time just yet.
Josh Freeman of Kansas State is a class act, with size and a big arm, but if he were to be thrown into battle as a freshman, I believe he would be seriously over matched. One other thing to keep in mind when evaluating this player; when was the last time you saw a successful six-six, two hundred and fifty something pound quarterback in this league.
I'm very aware that he plays in a favorable stat friendly offense, but I have watched Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell perform over the last three years and believe him to be an accurate, tough minded, smart, experienced signal caller with a very quick release. I really like his compete skills and never say die approach to the game. One final thing that I will never mistake, when he had to get it done in the last minute and a half versus Texas, he flat out got it done. I likened him to that old gunslinger, who didn't rattle or lose his composure in the heat of battle.
Rhett Bomar and Patrick White are totally opposite in terms of playing style, but I like both of their chances developing into solid professionals. Rhett's arm strength and ability to stick it inside a tight window was impressive, while I really liked Patrick's ability to make a play at a critical juncture of a game.
|3||Freeman, Josh||Kansas St||6056v||251v||4.98v||1.24|
|4||Harrell, Graham||Texas Tech||6021v||215v||4.96v||1.31|
|5||White, Pat||West Virginia||6002v||202v||4.57v||1.28|
|6||Bomar, Rhett||Sam Houston St||6022v||225v||4.82v||1.30|
|8||McGee, Stephen||Texas A&M||6027v||225v||4.66v||1.49|
|9||Carpenter, Rudy||Arizona St||6016v||218v||4.98v||1.66|
|10||Davis, Nate||Ball St||6013v||226v||4.98v||1.68|
|11||Brandstater, Tom||Fresno St||6050v||220v||4.95v||1.67|
|12||Wilson, John Parker||Alabama||6014v||216v||4.79v||1.73|
|Holbrook, Chase||New Mexico St||6041v||242v||5.14v||1.80|
|Malone, Billy||Abilene Christian||6022v||227v||5.21v||1.90|
|Crane, Chris||Boston College||6047v||233v||4.79v||1.90|
|Brown, Nathan||C Arkansas||6005v||219v||4.93v||1.90|
|Reilly, Mike||C Washington||6030v||214v||4.83v||1.90|
|Weatherford, Drew||Florida St||6013v||216v||4.86v||1.90|
|Hoyer, Brian||Michigan St||6020v||215v||5.06v||1.90|
|Boeckman, Todd||Ohio St||6046v||239v||4.80v||1.90|
|Glennon, Sean||Virginia Tech||6041v||220v||4.86v||1.90|
|Phillips, Jake||William & Mary||6023v||211v||4.98v||1.90|