Tuesday, April 17, 2007

NFL Draft Spectacular: The Quarterbacks

1) Brady Quinn, Notre Dame.

Sorry folks, but I'm not on board the Jamarcus Russell bandwagon. My NFL Draft source said something to the affect of "Russell looked like he was lifting donuts not weights" after he saw him at the combine in Indianapolis. That tells me that this guy isn't ready.

But Quinn is. Playing under a very solid offensive mind in a pro-style offense will make Quinn ready immediately to grasp any NFL system. Not to mention that his 6'4'' frame makes him a stereotypical quarterback.

2) Jamarcus Russell, LSU.

The only reason he isn't 3rd is that I'd lose all credibility if I put him there. That said, Russell reminds me a lot of the guy in Boys in the Hood who gave Little-Ricky (little meaning pre-high school ricky - when he had the red mesh shirt on) his football back. The one who was shirtless with sweatpants and a do-rag on. That's what I see when I see Russell at QB.

Someone tell me how he's any different from Byron Leftwich or Daunte Culpepper? Sure he may put up some good #'s like they do, but the next big game they play in the playoffs will be their first. Same for Russell.

3) John Beck, BYU.

Pro system, seems like a very good leader, and he's described as taking a backseat to nobody when it comes to preparation. Sounds like a winning combination to me. Hopefully he goes to a team with an aging or mediocre starting quarterback and Beck picks up the slack mid-season.

Green Bay ring a bell?

Best chance to be a bust:

This is a tie. 3 way tie. Russell b/c he'll be the first QB taken and he won't be the 3rd best, and Kevin Kolb and Drew Stanton.

Stanton is a classic underachiever. I don't want a guy with that stigma leading my hopes and dreams every fall.

As for Kolb? Well...when was the last time a Texas Tech QB amounted to anything in the NFL?

That's what I thought.


Jeff Smith, Georgetown (KY)

6'6'' with a cannon for an arm. You can't coach that. Put this guy with a solid Quarterback coach and watch him blossom in 2 years. Think he'd do well learning from a Peyton Manning?


Anonymous said...

Nice work with Jeff Smith kid, I looked at him this fall but his arm strength is just average.

Plus, Kevin Kolb went to Houston, not Texas Tech....so he might be the next Andre Ware/David Klingler but I like him, accurate...throws a tight ball...

bigfin said...

How could you have Brady Quinn as your #1 Quarterback? I thought you said you hated ND and that Brady Quinn was over-rated.

That Guy said...

BigFin while I enjoy your spirit about ND, don't think for a second that this is an endorsement of Brady Quinn. More of a criticism of Jamarcus Russell. That said, show me where I knocked Quinn.

He was the only player on that vastly overrated team.

Quinn will be a solid pro.

And yeah Kolb went to Houston - of course this means I'm an idiot. But most of you already knew that.

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