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What about the quarterbacks?

Posted on: February 12, 2010

With April 22nd approaching fast, it is now time to start analyzing the quarterbacks. In past years, the quarterbacks have been the most watched in the draft but this year, the quarterbacks are the weaker part of the draft. The main prospects this year come from very strong programs, but the main concern about all of them is that they have little to no future of becoming a franchise quarterback. Here is a look at who I think has somewhat of a chance of making it and whose stock just keeps falling.

Sam Bradford was the star that was going to lead Oklahoma to a National Championships until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. He was projected to be the number one pick in the 2009 draft, but his want for a National Championship kept him in Oklahoma. After his season ended against Texas, Bradford underwent surgery is has been recovering and getting back into shape. He has the arm to make any NFL team happy, but can he make it in the NFL if he doesn’t have a strong offensive line? There is not much to say about Bradford yet. He is a strong contender but nothing can be said until we see how his shoulder has recovered.

Jimmy Clausen is the most unpredictable this year when it comes to quarterbacks in the draft. The junior from Notre Dame declared early after his coach, Charlie Weis, was fired. Clausen claimed that his main reason for attending Notre Dame was to learn from one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL. Although his career has been very up and down from the start, he is the quarterback that most NFL teams are wanting. According to analysts, he is the quarterback most ready to lead a team and become the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady and be that next franchise quarterback. They claim he doesn’t need a lot of work to make an impact instantly, but I personally think he will not make it. Clausen is very undersized and I don’t believe that he has what it takes to make it far in the NFL. He has cocky attitude, but he doesn’t have enough talent to make it very far.

The last quarterback that has made many analysts flip flop back and forth is Tim Tebow.  The senior from Florida has led his team to two National Championships and was the first player to win the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. He has been leading a high profile program for the past four years, but most analysts are saying that he is not going to make it in the NFL. He has been a force in college football, but that is not enough for the NFL scouts. He ran a super slow offense at Florida and his skills are lack luster for the NFL scouts. He really does not have a place in the NFL because it is unlikely that he will make that big of an impact as a quarterback. What Tebow really needs to do is transition to tight end. He has the size and the speed to make a better impact as a tight end. Tebow will find more success and longevity in the NFL as a tight end, not a quarterback.

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