#3, Rhett Bomar, QB
(6022, 225, 4.64-4.83) Sam Houston State
Notes: Born 7/2/85, in Groesbeck, Texas. He was coached by his father, Jerry Bomar, at Grand Prairie High School. A three-year starter, he was ranked the nation's No. 1 high school quarterback in 2004 by Rivals.com and Scout.com and drew comparisons to John Elway for his pure physical talents. He passed for 1,272 yards and rushed for 547 yards as a senior. Bomar committed to Oklahoma in February 2004. He played in the 2004 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Also lettered in baseball as a prep.
College: Redshirted as a freshman in 2004. He became the starter by the second game of the 2005 season; while he struggled early on, he improved as the season went on and he was named the MVP of the Holiday Bowl when Oklahoma beat the Oregon.
Cited in September 2005 and March 2006 for being a minor in possession of alcohol and received a six-month probation sentence. He was dismissed from the team at Oklahoma by head coach Bob Stoops after reportedly being paid for work that he didn't complete at a car dealership owned by a major OU donor, a violation of NCAA rules. The incident was initially leaked on a Texas A&M fansite. Here’s a YouTube clip on the incident.
Bomar transferred to Sam Houston State, sitting out the 2006 season, with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining. He played nine games the first year (2007) for the Bearkats before injuring his knee; he completed 172 of 291 passes (59.1%) for 2,209 yards with 10 touchdowns, six interceptions, while rushing 87 times for 408 yards (4.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns. In 2008, he completed 245 of 436 passes (56.2%) for 3,355 yards with 27 TDs and 13 interceptions, while rushing 81 times for 187 yards (2.3 avg.) and another five TDs. He was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection and ended the 2008 season ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision total offense (354.2 yards per game) and No. 4 in passing offense (335.5 yards per contest). He passed for more than 300 yards in nine games during his Bearkat career. He threw for passes of more than 50 yards 10 times, including his longest of 80 yards. He is one of only 11 players in NCAA history to throw for more than 300 yards and rush for more than 100 yards in a single game (against North Dakota State in 2007). Bomar was selected as a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. Kinesiology major.
Pre-Draft: Measured 6022 (6’-2 ¼”), 225 pounds at the Scouting Combine coming out; posted a 1.59 10-yard dash, 2.70 20-yard dash, 4.70 40-yard dash, 4.06 20-yard shuttle, 6.91 three-cone drill, 8’-10” broad jump and did 25 reps at 225 pounds.
Pro: Originally drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round (No. 151 overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract, including a $185,183 signing bonus. He was waived on the final roster cuts as a rookie, then re-signed to the practice squad. Bomar was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 31, 2009. He was slated to be the backup quarterback behind Eli Manning heading into the 2010 season until Tom Coughlin traded for Sage Rosenfels from the Vikings. Bomar subsequently spent the season on the Giants practice squad until being signed by the Vikings to their active roster on Dec. 21, 2010.
Positives: Has a very strong arm. Shows good zip on his passes. Can fit the ball into tight spots and throw the deep out. Good timing and touch. Nice size. Solid build with sound mechanics. Quick setup and release. Throws a nice deep ball. Understands the passing game and has some natural feel for the game. Very confident, poised under pressure and competitive with inherent leadership qualities. Athletic and mobile. Able to run for positive yardage when flushed from the pocket. Has big-time upside potential.
Negatives: Somewhat cocky and overconfident in his arm at times, forcing the ball into coverage. Tries to do too much and presses to make something happen. Inconsistent decision-maker. Lacks extensive NFL experience. Streaky with his accuracy. Gets sloppy with his footwork and mechanics which leads to poor throws. Has shown questionable judgment and character in the past. Has had a torn ACL.
Summary: Bomar clearly possesses the physical tools to play at the NFL level and may still have some upside potential. The Vikings liked him coming out and now feel he’s worth putting into the mix for development next season. He could be a real find, but there is also a reason Tom Coughlin wasn’t ready to commit to him as his No. 2 quarterback coming into this season when he traded for Sage Rosenfels.
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