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2007 Rookie Profiles: Quarterbacks

Posted: 5/07
 

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Player Profiles-Quarterbacks

 

 

Full Name:  Jeff Ballard  School:  TCU                                           

Ht: 6-1 Wt:  210  40:  4.85  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his junior campaign. Passing numbers last season included 61.9%/2,394/13/5, with another 423 yards on the ground and eight additional scores.
 

Pos: Undersized passer with solid intangibles. Patient in the pocket and nicely places throws in the short field.  Goes through receiver progressions, displays a sense of timing and consistently finds the open wide out on the field. Takes what the defense gives him and does not make bad choices.


Neg:
Takes most of his snaps from the shotgun and does not set-up in the pocket with proper footwork. Lacks an NFL arm and loses a lot throwing on the move.


Analysis:
An intelligent quarterback with the ability to pick up yardage with his legs, Ballard could have a nice career in the CFL.

 


 

Full Name:  Richard Bartel  School: Tarleton State                                     

Ht: 6-4 Wt:  250 40: 4.95 Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Former SMU transfer who started the past two years, most recently throwing for 58.3%/2,023/16/5 as a senior.

 

Pos: Strong pocket passer with an adequate arm.  Poised under pressure and displays a sense of knowing where receivers are on the field. Buys time for wideouts, gives receivers a chance to catch the deep ball and makes the throw on the move.  Always in control of the situation.

 

Neg: Has an elongated motion, releases the ball off his back foot and is late with timing passes.  Does not step into throws, changes his point of release and displays marginal pass placement.

 

Analysis: Possessing excellent size, Bartel must improve his overall throwing fundamentals to have any chance of a career in football.

 


 

Full Name:  John Beck  School:  BYU                                            

Ht:  6-2  Wt:  215  40:  4.79  Year:  4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in ‘06 after career totals of 69.3%/3,885/32/8.  All-Conference and All-Academic selection as a junior when he totaled 3,709 yards passing with 27 touchdowns strikes.

 

Pos: Intelligent passer accurate in the short and intermediate field.  Stands strong in the pocket, poised under the rush and consistently finds the open wideout.  Sells the ball fakes, looks off the safety and goes through receiver progressions.  Displays a sense of timing, hits receivers as they leave their breaks and nicely sets up screen throws.  Puts touch on passes when necessary, placing the ball into the receivers’ hands.  Immediately gets rid of the ball on quick tosses.  Stays away from the errant pass.

 

Neg: Lacks the top deep arm.  Over-aged prospect.

 

Analysis: A signal caller with excellent intangibles and field vision, Beck could effectively back up in a West Coast offense.

 

 

Full Name:  Tim Brasic  School:  Illinois                                        

Ht:  6-1  Wt:  208  40: 5.04  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter as a junior, when he posted career-best numbers of 61.1%/1,979/11/11.  Began his senior season as the starter then spent most of the year in a relief role and attempted just 66 passes.

 

Pos: Gutsy short-yardage passer with good intangibles.  Patient, sits in the pocket and takes a hit in order to get the throw off.  Immediately gets the ball out of his hands, goes to secondary receivers and is accurate in the short field.

 

Neg: Has difficulty seeing over the line, and passes are batted away.  Puts the errant ball up for grabs if pressured.

 

Analysis: Possessing marginal physical skills for the next level, Brasic could make it as a practice-squad passer for a West Coast offense.

 


Full Name: Andy Collins  School: Occidental      

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210  40: 5.00 Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Former Oregon transfer awarded varying degrees of All-Conference and All-American honors the past three years.  Senior passing totals included 64.7%/2,189/26/8.

 

Pos: Accurate short-yardage passer who is best in a timing offense.  Goes through receiver progressions, finds the secondary targets and nicely places throws in the short and intermediate field.  Possesses a quick

release, and puts touch on throws when necessary.  Does not force the ball into coverage.

 

Neg: Must improve the consistency of his footwork, as he throws flat-footed or steps out of passes.  Not poised under the rush, and is quick to leave the pocket.  Lacks the deep arm and cannot zip throws.

 

Analysis: Playing in a passer-friendly offense in which he threw a lot of dump-off passes, Collins is a developmental prospect for a West Coast system. 

 

 

Full Name:  Ryan Cubit  School: Western Michigan                     

Ht:  6-1 Wt:  224  40: 4.92 Year: 6Sr

 

Bio: Rutgers transfer who started the past three seasons.  Senior totals were 62.4%/1,954/15/11.  Started three games as a junior before suffering a season-ending leg injury.

 

Pos: Solid short-yardage passer with outstanding field awareness. Displays a sense of timing, leads receivers over the middle and accurately places passes. Sells the ball fakes, is patient in the pocket and waits for receivers to come open.  For the most part makes good decisions.

 

Neg: Possesses marginal arm strength, cannot zip the outs or drive the deep ball. Occasionally telegraphs throws.

 

Analysis: A coach’s son who has been a solid starter, Cubit lacks the physical skills to play at the next level, yet could be an asset as a third quarterback on the sidelines who holds a clipboard.

 


Full Name:  Trent Edwards  School:  Stanford                                    

Ht:   6-4  Wt:  231 40: 4.78 Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter who's been saddled with injuries since his freshman campaign.  Played in seven games as a senior before breaking his foot, finishing the year with 60.3%/1,027/6/6.  Junior totals were 62.7%/1,934/7/7, the only year he completed a full season.

 

Pos: A nice-sized, athletic quarterback with an NFL arm.  Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and sets up with solid fundamentals.  Locates the open target on the field, zips the ball into pass-catchers’ hands and puts touch on throws when necessary.  Possesses a quick release and gets the ball into the tight spots.  Airs out the deep pass, letting receivers run to the long throw.

 

Neg: Tends to float in the pocket. Stares down the primary target. Needs to improve his pass placement.    Durability is a concern.

 

Analysis: Physically gifted with solid intangibles, Edwards has taken a beating the past three years and missed a significant amount of playing time. Could be a steal during the second day of the draft if he fine-tunes his game.
 


 

Full Name:  Luke Getsy  School:  Akron                                         

Ht:   6-2.5  Wt:   223  40:  4.98  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Former Pittsburgh transfer who posted 52.4%/2,662/18/11 as a senior after a career-high 3,455 yards passing and 23 touchdowns as a junior.

 

Pos: Tough, intelligent passer with excellent poise.  Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and does not deliver the ball until they come free. Natural looking off the safety, has a good feel for where receivers are on the field and stands strong in the face of pressure. 

 

Neg: Lacks top arm strength and cannot drive the deep throw.  Has an elongated motion that slows his release. Not accurate downfield.

 

Analysis: Despite good size and an understanding of the game, Getsy does not possess the arm strength to be anything other than a backup.
 


 

Full Name:  Jon Grant  School:  Cal-Davis                                   

Ht:  6-1.5  Wt:  205  40:  4.85  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and senior campaigns.  Passing numbers last season included 61.4%/2,762/19/9, after 57.6%/2,873/13/14 as a junior.

 

Pos: Intelligent signal caller with an excellent sense of timing.  Buys time for receivers, goes to the safe underneath route if nothing is available downfield and hits targets in stride.  Tough, stands in against the rush and gets the pass off.

 

Neg: Slow taking his eyes off the primary target.  Floats in the pocket and does not set his feet properly.  Not averse to putting the ball into coverage. Lacks arm strength and cannot drive the long throw.

 

Analysis: Though he lacks the physical abilities to be a starter in the NFL, Grant’s sense of timing and ability to throw with touch could snare him a spot as a third quarterback for in a West Coast offense.

 

 

Full Name:  Matt Gutierrez  School:  Idaho State                              

Ht:  6-4.5  Wt:  232  40:  5.07  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Former Michigan transfer who moved into the starting lineup as a senior, posting 54.7%/2,237/16/14.

 

Pos: Patient, pocket passer with a solid arm.  Buys time for receivers, consistently finds the open wide out and stands in the pocket, taking a hit in order to get the throw off.  Displays good zip on his intermediate passes and puts air under the deep ball.  Has a short, compact throwing motion.

 

Neg: Must improve his footwork and properly set up before delivering the throw. Not very accurate outside of ten-yards and puts his deep passes up for grabs.

 

Analysis: A nice-sized pocket passer, Gutierrez’ play was erratic last season at Idaho State.  Did not come away with the big numbers scouts hoped for and unlikely anything other than a camp body.
 


 

Full Name:  Sam Hollenbach  School:   Maryland                                   

Ht: 6-4.5  Wt:  214  40:  4.89  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who gained All-Conference mention as a senior after passing stats of 61.9%/2,371/15/11.  Junior totals included a career-high

 

Pos: Adequately-sized short-yardage passer.  Displays excellent field vision and looks away from covered receivers.  Stands in the pocket, surveys the field and finds the open wide out.  Relatively quick releasing the pass, and throws a catchable ball.  Displays a sense of timing, hitting receivers as they leave their breaks.

 

Neg: Lacks the deep arm and is only marginally accurate downfield.  Not effective throwing in motion and cannot pick up yardage with his legs.

 

Analysis: A tough quarterback who displayed improvement as a senior, Hollenbach will get consideration in a timing offense.
 


 

Full Name:  Phil Horvath  School:   Northern Illinois                         

Ht:   6-2  Wt:  211  40:  4.85  Year:     5Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who totaled 58.4%/1,932/11/9 as a senior after completing 70% of his throws as a junior.

 

Pos: Patient, short-yardage passer with a good feel for the game.  Buys time in the pocket, looks off the safety and waits for receivers to come free. Accurate with short passes and puts touch on throws when necessary. Rolls outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field.

 

Neg: Possesses marginal arm strength and cannot drive the deep throws.  Puts the ball up for grabs at times.

 

Analysis: Horvath has an outside shot as a third quarterback in a West Coast offense.

 

 

Full Name:  Kevin Huff    School: Tuskegee                                  

Ht:  6-1  Wt:  217  40:  4.73  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Former receiver who started the past three seasons at quarterback, winning varying degrees of All-Conference and All-American honors.  Senior passing totals were 51.6%/1,876/12/9, when he also led the team in rushing with 139/629/8.

 

Pos: Athletic quarterback with plenty of raw potential.  Possesses a live arm, zips the short throws or drives deep passes downfield.  Patient in the pocket, displays a sense of timing and eludes the rush, picking up yardage with his legs when necessary.  Puts air under deep throws, giving receivers a chance.

 

Neg: Not adverse to tossing the errant ball up for grabs when pressured. Short-arms his motion and has a three-quarters release.  Does not step into throws, which hurts the placement of his passes.

 

Analysis: Somewhat of a streaky quarterback, Huff goes through stretches where he shows precise accuracy and pass placement, yet at other times looks lost and throws with poor fundamentals.  A developmental project whose underlying athleticism gives him a chance.
 


 

Full Name:  Kevin Kolb  School: Houston                                     

Ht:  6-3  Wt:  218  40:  4.88  Year: 4Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter named Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior after career passing numbers of 67.6%/3,809/30/4.  Junior totals included 3,258 passing yards with 19 touchdowns.

 

Pos: Poised pocket passer with nice size.  Takes control of the offense, has a nice sense of where his receivers are on the field and is a presence behind center.  Sees the field, finds the open wide out and quickly releases the ball. Uses all his targets.  Patient, buys time for receivers and makes good decisions.

 

Neg: Takes most of his snaps from the shotgun and benefits from a three-receiver system.  Tends to direct his throws.  Stares down the primary target.

 

Analysis: A signal caller with a good degree of upside, Kolb offers the physical skills to play at the next level.  Will need time to get accustomed to an NFL offense yet a solid developmental prospect.

 



Full Name:  Toby Korrodi  School: Central Missouri State  Pos: QB

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt:  233  40:  5.26 Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter who began his career at Northern State before transferring to CMSU as a junior in ‘05.  All-Conference and All-American selection as a senior after passing for 64.9%/2,797/29/5.  Had a

career-high completion percentage of 74.6% as a junior.

 

Pos: Nice-sized left-handed passer with the arm strength to play at the next level.  Zips the outs, easily gets the ball downfield and loses nothing throwing on the run.  Powers the ball into targets and gets the pass through the tight spots.  Poised in the pocket, stands strong against the rush and uses all his receivers.  Tough and takes a hit in order to get the ball off.

 

Neg: Never really sets his feet when releasing the ball.  Does not sense pressure, cannot elude the rush or pick up yardage with his legs.  Needs to improve the consistency of his throwing fundamentals.

 

Analysis: A strong-arm pocket passer built for the vertical game, Korrodi is a solid developmental prospect worth considering in the late rounds.

 


Full Name:  Chris Leak   School:  Florida                                       

Ht:  6-0   Wt:  210  40:  4.79  Year: 4Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and senior campaigns.  Passing numbers last season were 63.6%/2,942/23/13.  Posted a career-high 3,197 yards passing with 29 TDs as a junior.

 

Pos: Hard-working quarterback who takes the game seriously.  Sells the ball fakes, goes through receiver progressions and is patient in the pocket. Uses all his targets, goes to secondary receivers and picks up yardage with his legs when nothing’s available.

 

Neg: Does not consistently throw spirals.  Cannot drive the deep pass.  Forces the ball into covered receivers.  Has trouble seeing over the line because of his lack of height.  Not a sturdy quarterback who can withstand the rush.

 

Analysis: Very productive on the college level, Leak has marginal tools for the next level.  Must improve his overall game, learn to take snaps from under center and make the transition into an NFL passing offense to have any shot of being kept on a practice squad.

 

 

Full Name:  Steven Moffett  School:  Central Florida                          

Ht:  6-3  Wt:  204  40:  4.91  Year: 4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter whose senior passing totals included 55.3%/1,385/8/5. Career high numbers of 1,925 yards passing and 22 touchdowns came as a junior.

 

Pos: Live-armed passer with an undisciplined game.  Gets the deep ball downfield, putting air under the pass and letting receivers run to the throw. Zips the outs.  Easily makes the throw on the move.

 

Neg: Does not throw with proper mechanics, stares down the primary target from the get-go and makes a lot of errant decisions.  Misjudges throws and lacks presence in the pocket.

 

Analysis: After showing signs of life as a junior, Moffett’s game took a step backwards last year.  Has enough physical skills to get into a camp this year.
 


 

Full Name:  Matt Moore  School:  Oregon State                            

Ht:  6-3.5  Wt:  195  40:  4.85  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, throwing for 60.6%/3,022/18/7 last year.

 

Pos: Athletic passer who displayed a much-improved game last season.  Sells the ball fakes, displays a sense of timing and can throw on the move.  Puts touch on throws when necessary, laying the pass in front of targets.  Has the ability to pick up yardage with his legs.

 

Neg: Forces the ball into covered receivers.  Average arm strength.  Holds the ball too long in the pocket and misses open wide outs.

 

Analysis: A good athlete who does a terrific job leading the offense, Moore has possibilities as a backup in a West Coast system.
 


 

Full Name:  Aries Nelson  School:  Mississippi Valley State            

Ht:  6-1.5  Wt:  215  40:  4.85  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who passed for 48%/1,606/10/10 as a senior after career-best numbers the prior season (57.1%/2,942/17/9).

 

Pos: Athletic quarterback coming off a poor senior campaign.  Patient in the pocket, has a live arm and gets rid of the ball with a flick of his wrist. Passes have good speed, loses nothing throwing on the run and constantly looks downfield to challenge the vertical game.

 

Neg: Directs throws, must improve his accuracy and overall pass placement. Releases the ball off his back foot, not properly following through.

 

Analysis: Considered a marginal prospect coming into the season, Nelson’s poor campaign will drop him off many draft boards.  Yet his arm strength and ability to make things happen downfield will get him looks in camp.
 


 

Full Name:  Josh Padrick  School:  Florida International                 

Ht:  6-2   Wt:  200  40:  4.99  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter and previous All-Conference selection whose passing numbers were 54.9%/2,014/5/14 as a senior.

 

Pos: Patient short-yardage passer with excellent field awareness.  Sets up with solid fundamentals, consistently finds the open wide out and improvises if plays break down.  Possesses an excellent sense of timing.  Remains poised under pressure and goes to the safe underneath route if nothing’s available.

 

Neg: Lacks the big arm and downfield accuracy, and does not drive throws. Passes lack top velocity.

 

Analysis: Efficient on the college level, Padrick does not possess the size or arm strength to be anything other then a backup for a West Coast offense.
 


 

Full Name: Tyler Palko  School:   Pittsburgh                                 

Ht:  6-1.5  Wt:  215  40:  4.88 Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who passed for 68.3%/2,871/25/9 as a senior. Career high of 3,067-yards passing came as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Productive, take-charge college quarterback with marginal upside for the next level.  Patient, buys time for receivers and quickly gets the ball out of his hands.  Displays a sense of timing and puts touch on throws when necessary.  Surveys the defense and shows a good sense of knowing where his receivers are.

 

Neg: Undersized, cannot withstand the rush and will force the ball into double coverage when pressured.  Lacks arm strength and cannot drive the ball downfield or zip the outs.

 

Analysis: A left-handed passer who’s been a true field general in college, Palko’s leadership and intangibles make him an asset as a clipboard holder.
 


 

Full Name:  Jordan Palmer   School:  UTEP                                          

Ht:  6-5.5  Wt:  229  40: 4.99  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every year since his sophomore campaign.  Passing totals included 65.7%/3,585/26/14 as a senior.  Junior numbers included 3,503 passing yards with 29 touchdowns.

 

Pos: Strong-armed pocket passer who struggles making his reads.  Patient, puts touch on throws when necessary and loses nothing passing on the move. Displays a good sense of knowing where receivers are on the field.  Leads targets over the middle, throws good corner patterns and flashes the ability to place beautifully thrown passes into the hands of targets.  Competitive and plays while injured.

 

Neg: Stares down his primary target from the get-go.  Late on timing throws as receivers are waiting on passes out of their breaks.  Poor accuracy down the field.  Consistently tries to force the ball into coverage.

 

Analysis: Showing flashes of ability throughout college, Palmer has yet to put together a complete game.  Will get late-round consideration yet if he continues to make poor decisions he will quickly be looking for a new line of work.
 


 

Full Name:  Perry Patterson  School: Syracuse                                   

Ht: 6-3  Wt: 235  40:  4.72  Year: 4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter whose passing numbers were 52.7%/1,865/12/4 as a senior.

 

Pos: Strong-armed pocket passer with a good degree of physical skill.  Buys time in the pocket, goes through receiver progressions and displays a sense of timing.  Throws with a fluid over-the-top delivery and easily gets the ball downfield or zips the outs.  Has a quick release in which the ball explodes out of his hand.

 

Neg: Misjudges passes, is not always on the same page as receivers nor is he always in complete control of the situation.  Cannot elude the rush.

 

Analysis: After showing signs of becoming a prospect as a sophomore, Patterson has been plagued with erratic play the past two years.  Has enough physical talent to warrant a look as a developmental prospect.
 


 

Full Name:  James Pinkney  School:  East Carolina                             

Ht:  6-2.5  Wt: 208  40:  4.87  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who totaled 58.4%/2,783/12/10 as a senior.  Junior numbers included 2,773 yards passing and 14 touchdowns.

 

Pos: Athletic signal caller with a live arm.  Patient in the pocket and poised under pressure.  Has the arm strength to get the ball through the tight spots and easily airs out the deep throw, giving receivers a chance downfield.  Agile, eludes the rush or picks up yardage with his legs. Surveys the field and puts touch on throws when necessary.

 

Neg: Does not always find the safety, slow to pull the trigger and forces the ball into coverage.  Must improve his accuracy and pass placement.

 

Analysis: A quarterback who beats opponents with his legs or arm, Pinkney’s ability to move around the field and throw on the run are his greatest assets.  Will be brought into camp this summer but a long shot to make it.
 


 

Full Name:  Brady Quinn  School:  Notre Dame                               

Ht:  6-3.5  Wt:  231  40:  4.92  Year:  4Sr

 

Bio: Four-year starter who posted 61.9%/3,426/37/7 as a senior.  Junior totals included a career-high 3,919 passing yards, a Notre Dame single-season record.

 

Pos: Nice-sized, strong-armed pocket passer with a great amount of upside.  Patient, calm under pressure and buys time for receivers.  Gets outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field, has a quick, over-the-top delivery and immediately gets the ball out of his hand.  Zips the outs, possesses a good deep arm and drives passes into the tight spots.  Flashes the ability to beautifully place throws where only his target can make the reception.  Consistently challenges the vertical game.  Puts touch on throws when necessary.

 

Neg: At times stares the primary target down from the get-go.  Not adverse to forcing the throw into coverage.  Makes some head-scratching decisions at times.  Not an elusive quarterback who escapes the rush.  Marginally accurate throwing on the move and downfield.  Leadership abilities are in question.

 

Analysis: Possessing the size, arm strength and intangibles to be a starter at the next level, Quinn is an incredibly productive college quarterback who translates well to the next level.  Comes off a poor senior campaign and needs to refocus, fine-tune his decision-making and play within himself.
 


 

Full Name:  Justin Rascati   School:  James Madison                          

Ht:  6-2  Wt: 217  40: 4.81  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who began his college career at Louisville.  All-Conference selection as a senior after throwing 66.2%/2,045/20/6.  Junior numbers included a completion rate of 69.6% and 17 touchdowns.

 

Pos: Athletic passer who consistently challenges the vertical game.  Displays a sense of timing, stands strong against the rush and is poised in the pocket. Buys time, goes through receiver progressions and sells the ball fakes. Gets outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field, and does not force throws into coverage.  Nicely times the outs, gets the ball through the tight spots and puts touch on passes when necessary.  Better-than-average arm, and puts deep passes in front of receivers.

 

Neg: Must improve his overall pass placement.  Not accurate throwing on the move.  Tends to direct his throws.

 

Analysis: A competitive leader always in command of the situation, Rascati is a hard-working prospect who does the little well.  A solid developmental prospect who may be best suited for a West Coast timing offense.
 


 

Full Name:  Brett Ratliff  School:  Utah                                          

Ht: 6-3.5  Wt: 220  40: 5.07  Year: 4Sr

 

Bio: Junior college transfer who took over starting duties as a senior, posting 58.3%/2,796/23/9.

 

Pos: Nice-sized pocket passer with marginal skill for the next level.  Patient, buys time for receivers and finds the open pass-catcher on the field.  Sells the ball fakes, throws with an over-the-top delivery and puts zip on the short throws, getting the ball through the tight spots.

 

Neg: Takes most of his snaps out of the shotgun and is slow dropping into the pocket when lined up behind center.  Does not have a quick release.  Long passes hang in the air.  Indecisive when pressured and makes questionable decisions.

 

Analysis: Offering size and the arm strength to play at the next level, Ratliff must significantly improve his fundamentals to have any chance of being anything other than a practice squad player.
 


 

Full Name:  Lester Ricard  School: Tulane                                       

Ht:  6-4  Wt:  220  40:  4.90  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who began his college career at LSU.  Senior passing totals included 57.2%/2,795/18/10.  Hit on 21 touchdown passes and threw just nine interceptions as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Well-sized passer with the arm strength needed to play at the next level.  Patient, stands strong in the face of pressure and takes a hit in order to get the throw off.  Possesses a quick release, throws with an over-the-top delivery and zips the outs.  Can thread a needle or get the pass through the tight spots.

 

Neg: Takes most of his snaps out of the shotgun.  Telegraphs throws, not poised under the rush and forces the ball into coverage.  Must improve his overall accuracy and pass placement.

 

Analysis: Battling a shoulder injury through much of his senior campaign, Ricard did not meet the expectations of scouts.  Possesses the physical abilities to play at the next level yet must improve his throwing mechanics.

 


Full Name:  Jeff Rowe  School:  Nevada                                      

Ht:  6-5  Wt:  226  40:  4.96  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past three seasons, totaling 64.7%/1,907/17/8 as a

senior.  Career-best numbers of 62%/2,925/21/10 came as a junior.

 

Pos: Nice-sized quarterback best as an intermediate-range passer.  Throws with a fluid over-the-top delivery, puts touch on passes and nicely places the outs.  Leads receivers over the middle, consistently identifies the open wideout and effective when patient.  Improvises if things break down, and is a quick thinker who works to make positive plays.

 

Neg: Struggled with injuries last season.  Does not react well to pressure and forces throws into coverage.  Not always on the same page as his receiver. Cannot elude the rush.

 

Analysis: A quarterback with good upside, Rowe shows the intelligence and timing to play for a West Coast offense.
 


 

Full Name:  JaMarcus Russell  School:  LSU                                            

Ht: 6-5.5  Wt:  260  40:  4.65  Year:  4Jr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who also saw limited action with the first team as a redshirt freshman.  All-Conference selection the past two seasons, throwing for 67.8%/3,129/28/8 as a junior after 2,443 passing yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore.

 

Pos: Big, powerful pocket passer with tremendous arm strength.  Patient, buys time for receivers and does an outstanding job directing the offense. Stands strong in the pocket, taking a big hit or getting the throw off with defenders draped on him.  Zips the outs with a flick of the wrist, easily drives the deep throw and loses nothing passing on the move.  Senses pressure, makes good decisions under the rush and runs with the ball as a last resort.  Identifies the open wide out on the field, leads receivers over the middle and powers the ball through the tight spots.  Looks off the safety, goes through receiver progressions and takes the underneath outlet if nothing else is available.

 

Neg: Must improve his throwing fundamentals and pass placement, as targets are constantly adjusting to make the reception.  More often than not he is high of the mark.

 

Analysis: A physical presence behind center, Russell possesses all the skills to lead a franchise at the next level.  Showed consistent improvement over the past two seasons and offers a tremendous amount of upside.  An early draft selection who favorably compares to former All-Pro Daunte Culpepper.

 


Full Name:  Troy Smith   School:  Ohio State                                

Ht:  6-0  Wt: 225  40: 4.72  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Full-time starter the past two years.  An all-American and all-Conference selection last season, also winning the Heisman Trophy.  Passing totals were 65.3%/2,542/30/6.  Added 204 yards and one touchdown on the ground.  Junior passing numbers were 62.9%/2,282/16/4.

 

Pos: Athletic passer coming off a stellar campaign.  Patient in the pocket, stands strong under pressure and displays excellent field vision.  Consistently finds the open wide out, looks away from covered receivers and goes to the safe underneath route if nothing’s available downfield.  Quickly releases the ball, displays excellent velocity on short- or intermediate-range throws and leads receivers over the middle.  Gets the

ball through the tight spots and displays a sense of timing.  Elusive, escapes the rush and picks up yards with his legs.

 

Neg: Occasionally releases the ball off his back foot.  Must improve his downfield accuracy and overall pass placement.  Lacks pocket stature and is easily brought down at the point of attack.  Does not drive the deep throws.  Lack of height leads to batted passes.

 

Analysis: A prospect who’s overcome a lot, Smith has done a terrific job the past two seasons under center at Ohio State.  Possesses enough ability and intangibles to play at the next level, yet his skills do not match the hype he is presently receiving.
 


 

Full Name:  Isaiah Stanback  School:  Washington                               

Ht:  6-2.5  Wt:  216   40:  4.60  Year:  4Sr

 

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 53.4%/1,325/10/3 in eight games last year.  Underwent season-ending foot surgery in October.  Junior passing totals included 2,136 yards.

 

Pos: Athletic passer whose game made major strides before his injury.  Patient in the pocket, possesses a live arm and gets passes through the tight spots.  Easily drives the ball downfield with a flick of his wrist.  Stands strong in the pocket and for the most part makes good decisions.

 

Neg: Does not consistently sense the rush.  Late on timing throws.  Must improve his overall pass placement.

 

Analysis: A solid athlete with NFL arm strength, Stanback was making big strides before being sidelined with the foot injury.  Offers potential at a number of positions yet will be under center at the start of his pro career.
 


 

Full Name:  Drew Stanton  School:  Michigan State                         

Ht:  6-3  Wt:  226  40:  4.79  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter whose senior year stats were 61%/1,807/12/10.  All-Conference selection as a junior after completing 66.7% of his throws

 

Pos: Smart, hard-working passer with an NFL arm.  Patient in the pocket, poised under pressure and buys time for receivers.  Throws with an over-the-top delivery, accurate and nicely places the pass.  Does not force the ball into coverage.  Constantly looking downfield for open targets, yet goes to the safe underneath outlet if nothing else is available.  Powers the ball into targets, getting the throw through the tight spots.  Loses nothing passing on the move.

 

Neg: Not an elusive passer who can escape the rush.  Struggled with injuries late in his senior campaign.  Holds the ball too long in the pocket.  Gets rattled, lose confidence and the roof will cave in.

 

Analysis: After a tremendous start to his senior campaign, Stanton is watching his draft stock fall dramatically due to poor play since October.  Fell apart and lost confidence as his senior season progressed, then got injured. Possesses the physical and mental skills to start in the NFL, yet must quickly get his game back on track and build upon what was a terrific junior season.
 


 

Full Name:  John Stocco   School:  Wisconsin                                  

Ht:  6-1.5  Wt:  207   40:  5.19  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter whose passing numbers were 59%/2,185/17/6 last season.  Junior numbers included a career-high 2,920 passing yards and 21 touchdown tosses.

 

Pos: Productive college passer with marginal upside for the next level.  Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and looks downfield for the open wideout.  Puts zip on the short throws and gets the ball through the tight spots.  Flashes the ability to accurately place passes into receivers’ hands.

 

Neg: Slow setting up in the pocket, does not sense pressure nor show the ability to elude the rush.  Occasionally stares down receivers from the get-go and forces the errant pass into coverage.  Not poised under pressure.  Overall accuracy and pass placement is average.

 

Analysis: A resilient passer, Stocco does not possess the physical skills necessary to play at the next level.  Has a lot of moxie and intangibles that might warrant a place on a practice squad.

 


Full Name:  Josh Swogger   School:  Montana                                    

Ht:  6-4.5  Wt:  237  40:  5.19  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Former Washington State starter who registered 54.5%/2,685/17/12 last season when he was as an All-Conference selection.  Started at Washington State as a sophomore before sitting on the bench the following year.

 

Pos: Smart pocket passer with good intangibles.  Patient, buys time for receivers and finds the open wide out on the field.  Tough, stands in against the rush and takes off up the field when nothing’s available.  Sells the ball fakes, looks off the safety and throws with an over-the-top delivery.  Knows where

his receivers are on the field.

 

Neg: Must improve his footwork and consistently throw with solid fundamentals. Not averse to putting the errant ball up for grabs.  Lacks the deep arm and does not drive passes down the field.

 

Analysis: Accurate in the short and intermediate field, Swogger was mildly effective last year though he did not dominate as expected.  A camp body who must really impress coaches this summer to have any chance of sticking on a roster.


 

 

Full Name:  Drew Tate   School: Iowa                                          

Ht:  5-11.5  Wt:   191  40:   4.75  Year:  4Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter who passed for 58.8%/2,623/18/13 as a senior. Career highs of 2,820 passing yards and 22 touchdowns came as a junior.

 

Pos: Undersized yet competitive signal-caller who makes the most of his abilities.  Sells the ball fakes, consistently looks downfield for open receivers and rolls outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field.  Finds open targets and displays a good sense of timing.  Eludes the rush and picks up yardage with his legs.

 

Neg: Must improve his overall accuracy and pass placement.  Directs his throws. Lacks the deep arm.

 

Analysis: Productive in the system at Iowa, Tate lacks the size, arm strength and overall accuracy for the next level.  Could be used as slash type of passer, yet probably is better suited to play in Canada.
 


Full Name:  Zac Taylor  School:  Nebraska                                   

Ht:  6-2  Wt:  214  40:  5.03  Year:  5Sr

 

Bio: Junior college transfer who moved into the starting lineup in ‘05. All-Conference selection last season after career-best numbers of 59.6%/3,197/26/8.

 

Pos: Hard-working, intelligent passer with marginal physical skills.  Displays a sense of timing, nicely throws passes in the short field and immediately gets the ball out of his hands.  In control of the situation, remains poised and takes the safe outlet if nothing’s available downfield.  Senses pressure, sits in the pocket and leads receivers over the middle. Does not make poor decisions.

 

Neg: Cannot drive the ball downfield and has receivers waiting on the deep throw. Must put a lot of effort to get speed on passes and, as a result, is usually off the mark. Struggles passing on the move.

 

Analysis: Making strides as a senior, Taylor is a prospect who understands the position yet does not possess the arm strength to be anything other than a clipboard holder at the next level.

 

 

Full Name:  Steve Wichman  School:  Idaho                                         

Ht:  6-2.5  Wt:  220  40:  5.21 Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Junior college transfer who started the past two seasons.  Senior totals were 48.6%/2,158/8/14, after a completion percentage of 56.4% and passing yardage of 2,746 as a junior.

 

Pos: Nice-sized passer who is effective throwing on the move.  Possesses a quick release and shows zip on both his short- and intermediate-range passes.  Fluid getting outside the pocket, displays good field vision and goes to secondary targets.  Effective when patient and puts touch on throws when needed.

 

Neg: Misjudges his throws and usually is high of the mark.  Not poised under pressure, and very quick to leave the pocket.  Marginally accurate and does not consistently make good decisions.

 

Analysis: Possessing the physical talents to warrant a late round selection, Wichman is an undisciplined thrower who must improve all aspects of his game.

 


Full Name:  Jared Zabransky  School:   Boise State                               

Ht:  6-2 Wt:  219  40: 4.58  Year: 5Sr

 

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his sophomore and senior campaigns.  Finished with 66.3%/2,587/23/8 as a senior.

 

Pos: Productive college quarterback with a winning attitude.  Patient in the pocket, goes through receiver progressions and takes the safe outlet if nothing is available downfield.  Looks off the primary receiver, throws with an over-the-top delivery and displays timing on the outs.  Does not wilt under pressure, withstands the rush and rarely forces the ball into coverage.

 

Neg: Has an elongated throwing motion that slows his release.  Does not throw with consistent fundamentals, floats in the pocket and releases the ball off his back foot.  Does not drive the deep throw.  Must improve his overall pass placement and downfield accuracy.

 

Analysis: A true leader and a competitor who knows how to win, Zabransky has done a sensational job the past three years.  Does not possess the skills that translate into starting-material in the NFL, yet his attitude will help him find a spot on a roster.

 

 

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