You judge: First-round quarterbacks?

At least two quarterbacks, and maybe three, are expected to be drafted in the first round. Are they worth it, and which order would you rank them? We have the video evidence for you to be the judge in case the Vikings have a chance to draft any of them.

Quarterbacks always seem to generate the most buzz. This year, it seems to be the great debate of the 2009 draft: Is Matthew Stafford still the top quarterback in the draft or is Mark Sanchez ready to challenge him as the better prospect under center?

The other issue surrounding the early-round quarterbacks is whether Josh Freeman is really worth a first-round pick.

Thanks to video from Fox Sports, you can judge for yourself with all three quarterbacks. First, Stafford.


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The skinny on Stafford: Started three years for the Georgia Bulldogs … Led team to three bowl victories—Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Virginia Tech), Sugar Bowl (Hawaii) and Capitol One Bowl (Michigan) … As a junior starter, threw 25 TDs, 10 INTs and had a school-record 3,459 passing yards. NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber says: Stafford is an athletic signal-caller who demonstrates the leadership qualities it takes to be an elite player. He has great awareness, and when he feels a rush from the weakside, he has the mobility to make a play on the run. He goes through his progressions nicely and locates the open receiver. He has a strong arm and a great sense of timing; he gives his receivers a chance to make a play. He has questionable decision-making and forces throws into coverage. He may have reached his potential, not much upside. Projection: 1st Round.


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The skinny on Sanchez: First-team All-Pac 10 … Completed 65.8 percent of his passes as a senior while throwing for 3,207 yards … Threw 34 TDs and 10 INTs … Threw four TDs in Rose Bowl victory against Penn State … Only started one season at USC.

Steuber says: Sanchez is an intelligent, physically gifted signal-caller who dissects a defense with his awareness. He gets good depth on his drops, sets up quickly in the pocket and has a smooth delivery in which he releases a soft, catchable ball. He completes intermediate routes with precision and displays great touch on vertical throws. He plays with a swagger and possesses the "it" factor it takes to succeed. He's a tough competitor who's played through injuries, but his lack of experience (16 career starts) is a cause of concern. Projection: 1st Round.


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The skinny on Freeman: Completed 61.2% of his passes for the Big 12 school the last two seasons, when he threw 38 TDs and 19 INTs … Ran for 404 yards and found the end zone 14 times this past season … At 6-foot-6, the tallest quarterback in the 2009 NFL draft.

Steuber says: Freeman is a strong, athletic signal-caller who has the physical attributes and upside to be a star. He has great size and a strong arm. He can make all the throws, but has to work on his accuracy. He has good pocket awareness and finds the open receiver, but he has to improve his footwork and lacks straight-line speed. He's more of a project than a finished product and will be drafted solely on his upside. Projection: 2nd Round.

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