Hey folks – every once in a while we’re going to have a guest columnist here at The Blurb. Sometimes it will be someone you’re familiar with, others maybe not so much.
But I thought it would be nice to get you guys some extra takes and this time of year is perfect for it.
This week we will have a bunch of stuff brought to you by Fantasy Football Journal.com. I’ve known Jeff Hoffman and Jay Charles Johnson for a long time—in fact working with them for a few years. Always good stuff.
Today, we’ve got a piece from Jeff on some of the rookie QBs as they stand right now. As you may notice, they don’t mirror my own, which is why I like to bring you other people’s stuff. as you form your own takes, the more info you get, the more informed that take will be.
1. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, 6-3, 222, 4.75:
NFL Comparison: Matt Ryan
Positives: Clausen is a NFL ready quarterback who ran a pro-style offense as a three year starter. With two years with 6 or less interceptions, and a completion percentage of 62.6%, Clausen makes solid decisions and protects the football. In a pinch a team could select him, start him his first year and have him learn on the job.
Negatives: Clausen has an average arm, and cannot make big plays with arm strength alone. He also has a tendency to take too many hits in the pocket when holding the ball too long, and can get nicked up as a result.
2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 6-4, 236, 4.75:
NFL Comparison: Matt Schaub
Positives: Bradford is a proven leader with extensive experience and has faced a wide range of high pressure situations at the college level. He is the definition of team player and team leader on and off the field. He also has an above average arm, and makes quality decisions with the ball.
Negatives: Played behind a very solid offensive line in college, so it is an unknown how he would handle being behind a poor offensive line (like the Rams?). He also has shown that is shoulders are a source of concern after two serious shoulder injuries within the same year. He should be 100% before the start of training camp, but it is a concern.
3. Colt McCoy, Texas, 6-1, 216, 4.81:
NFL Comparison: Marc Bulger
Positives: McCoy is a proven leader from a quality program and a very experienced prospect. He also has experience taking over from a legend (Vince Young), and playing at a high level when thrown into the action at a very young age. Solid NFL arm.
Negatives: Had a strong supporting cast in college, so it is unknown how he will perform on a team without elite talent. Has a history of some questionable decisions in high pressure situations, and might need time to develop on the pro level. Finally, he is just few inches below ideal height and has a slight frame that could result in injuries at the pro-level.
4. Tim Tebow, Florida, 6-3, 236, 4.72
NFL Comparison: David Garrard
Positives: You could not ask for a better leader or team player. Amazing leadership, will to win, and possible the most physically gifted prospect as a mobile quarterback since Vince Young. Not afraid to duck his head and fight for yardage as a runner. Amazing work ethic that could help him greatly exceed expectations.
Negatives: Needs to adjust to a traditional pro-offense and adjust his mechanics to the NFL game. Realistically is he 2-3 years from being a viable NFL Starter. If he cannot adjust to the NFL he might be out of the league in a few years, or have to change to another position (like TE).
5. Tony Pike, Cincinnati, 6-6, 223, 4.93
NFL Comparison: Joe Flacco
Positives: Excellent height and field vision, and quality NFL arm that can make all the throws at the NFL level. Proven leader that makes good decisions, and protects the ball. Not fast, but very fluid in the pocket.
Negatives: Durability is a major red flag, with a frame that is under-sized for his height. Limited experience as a starter and will have to change his mechanics at the NFL level.
Best of the Rest:
6. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss, 6-3, 219, 5.04: Snead regressed his senior year, after being considered a possible elite prospect after his sophomore year. Has show a tendency to make poor decisions under pressure and throw interceptions that are game killers. He has the physical tools, but he needs to make mental adjustments to succeed in the NFL.
7. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, 6-3, 230, 4.66: Excellent athlete and can make plays on the move. Accurate passer, but has problems with the deep ball and has poor NFL mechanics. Has tendency to take off and run under pressure.
8. Jarrett Brown, West Virginia, 6-3, 224, 4.54: Excellent physical skills and height, makes quality decisions with the ball, but lacks the NFL arm to make plays deep. Limited starting experience.
9. John Skelton, Fordham, 6-5, 243, 4.9: Quality physical candidate, with the ability to make smart decisions with the ball. Questionable competition at college makes him a risky proposition at the pro-level.
10. Zac Robinson, Oklahoma, 6-2, 214, 4.68: Has the physical tools to develop into an NFL signal caller. One can only imagine how much higher his stock could have been if Dez Bryant had not been suspended.