2010 NFL Draft Rankings: Quarterbacks
College Bowl season is upon us, which means January and the NFL Playoffs are closing in, bringing us ever closer to the dramatic days that lead up to the 2010 NFL Draft.
Now that we know that Jake Locker will be returning to Washington for his senior season, predicting which passers go where just became a little less difficult. Emphasis on a little.
Here’s a good, hard look at the top 15 prospects who are entering (or likely to enter), with in-depth analysis, as well as potential NFL landing spots. Mel Kiper, eat your heart out.
1. Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
The true leader in this year’s class of quarterbacks. What separates him from the rest is his experience in playing under center.
While most perennial college powerhouses employ the spread offense, Clausen has excelled in Notre Dame’s West Coast. (Player Profile)
2. Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
His injuries will cause some teams to doubt his durability but I’m convinced he will show up big at his individual workouts and the combine. (Player Profile)
3. Ryan Mallett (Arkansas)
Oakland’s Al Davis will be tempted by this guy’s rocket arm but I’m not sure if he’ll be willing to shell out yet another top ten offensive contract.
4. Dan Lefevoure (Central Michigan)
Holds the current record for most combined pass-run touchdowns with 147. Can throw on the run and can stand in the pocket and deliver a clean long ball.
5. Tim Tebow (Florida)
The best thing going for Tebow is his ability to will his team to win. He is an incredible athlete and will run over almost anyone that gets in his way. (Player Profile)
6. Colt McCoy (Texas)
He is a true athlete with a quick release and a range of accurate throws. He has great pocket presence but hasn’t had to deal with a whole lot of pass rushing defenses. (Player Profile)
7. Tony Pike (Cincinnati)
What Pike lacks in natural talent and athleticism, he makes up in his excellent decision making and a clean ball that almost always hits the receiver in stride.
8. Tim Hiller (Western Michigan)
One of the more underrated quarterbacks in this year’s draft, Hiller possesses all the tools needed to pick apart an NFL secondary.
9. Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State)
Entering the 2009 season, Robinson was considered to be in the same category of quarterbacks like Clausen, Locker, and Bradford.
10. Daryll Clark (Penn State)
Clark lacks the experience scouts look for but displays a surprising level of intelligence within the pocket, checking down receivers properly and throwing it away when the moment calls for it.
11. Max Hall (BYU)
Hall’s undersized physique has little influence on this young man’s toughness. He consistently stands in the pocket, delivers the throw and takes the hit that follows.
12. Sean Canfield (Oregon State)
Canfield is another quarterback whose accuracy is his primary weapon. Undersized and injury-prone, he will need to impress at the combine and show his progression during senior week.
13. Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)
Brown has only started one year in his four year career so it’s hard to measure his progression on the field. During this past year, though, he has displayed great athleticism and the potential to be a leader.
14. John Skelton (Fordham)
Skelton doesn’t have a whole lot of accuracy but does throw a good long ball. In a draft class full of quarterbacks who put too much air under their long ball, this may be Skelton’s most attractive strength.
15. Jonathan Crompton (Tennessee)
There are still a lot of questions to be answered about this quarterback, mostly due to the fact that he hasn’t started many games. He began the 2009 season with horrendous performances against UCLA and Florida, throwing 0 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
Stay tuned for more NFL Draft position rankings.