2010 Rookie QB Rankings


  1. Sam Bradford, Okla.: Great size. Very accurate passer to all levels of the field. Above-average arm strength. Good timing and anticipation. OK at reading defenses, though the spread offense he ran doesn’t ask him to do it much, and this may slow down his progress. Though not a scrambler, keeps eyes downfield while on the move. Had excellent protection in college, so he has never had to practice footwork. Injured shoulder kept him out most of 2009, as well as bowl game, and he won’t work out until pro day at earliest. Also needs to add some bulk to handle punishment.
  2. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame: Average size. Very accurate passer with adequate arm strength. Seldom makes bad decisions. Works from pro-style offense. Won’t work out until April due to broken toe, which he played on most of the season.
  3. Dan LeFevour, Cent. Mich.: Good size. Good pocket presence. Pretty good mechanics and accuracy in pocket and outside. Uses whole field. Deep accuracy seems to be improving. Works well under pressure — had 30 TDs and just 3 INTs in red zone in 2009. Goes through progression reads well and doesn’t lock onto receiver. Buys time with legs and is a good runner. Demands better performance from players, and has leadership to back it up. Good decision making. Knows when to throw ball away. Average arm. Fair accuracy. Worked from spread in college. Long windup. May be slow to pull trigger when on move.
  4. Colt McCoy, Tex.: Below-average size and great accuracy on short and medium routes. Too willing to throw his body around. When he’s on, his mechanics are good, but they can be erratic. Needs to be more consistent in NFL. Also works from shotgun a lot, and will have to become more comfortable under center.
  5. Jonathan Crompton, Tenn.: Good size. Good zip on medium throws. Throws well on the run. Keeps eyes downfield when rolling out. In Texas vs. Nation practice, went through progressions well and made quick decisions. Also threw well in the rain. In game, showed pretty good mechanics and quick release. Fair accuracy short and medium, and excellent deep accuracy and touch. Also showed good anticipation and timing. Knows when to throw ball away. Gets shoulders squared quickly when on move. Improved during 2009 season under pro-style offense, but still doesn’t read defenses well.
  6. Tim Tebow, Fla.: Average size. Excellent runner with a lot of power and vision. Good touch. Knows the game and is a learner, though he probably has at least two years of coaching to go through before being start-worthy in NFL. Very slow windup will give defenses too much time to react in the pros. Not much zip on the ball. Though his college completion percentage was high, this is more indicative of the scheme and receivers he was throwing to — his receivers almost always have to adjust to the pass. Will have trouble adapting to pro defenses’ speed. Needs a lot of work on mechanics. In Senior Bowl practices, was terrible under center the first day — he reportedly fumbled 6 of 10 snaps — though he improved. May even play in CFL first.
  7. Tony Pike, Cincinnati: Athletic. Great height, but could put on some muscle to avoid continued durability issues. Better-than-average movement in pocket, though he’s definitely not a natural runner. Nice touch and velocity, though a little scattershot with accuracy all around. Late on some throws. Somewhat inaccurate deep. In Senior Bowl practices, was working on his mechanics, which are good, but not great, and he has inconsistent footwork. Said to be a little sensitive, though, and confidence easily shaken. Not accurate on run. Long delivery.
  8. Zac Robinson, Okla. St.: Average size. Goes through progressions well and doesn’t generally lock onto receiver. Above-average timing. Shows escapability and keeps his eyes downfield when on the run. OK velocity and good arm strength when feet are set — threw 64 yards in all-star skills challenge. Throwing mechanics and footwork generally need some tightening. Has a long windup and doesn’t reset his feet well on the move. Seems reluctant to run, and isn’t very accurate outside the pocket. Accuracy at all levels is streaky. Doesn’t throw with touch.
  9. John Skelton, Fordham: Great size. In Shrine Game practices, showed great arm and tight spirals on deep passes, though wobbly underneath. Was reportedly a good listener who tried to soak up coaching. Got better and more decisive as days went on and comfort increased. Best when he can just play without thinking. Able to throw with touch. Seems to find coverage windows well. 3/4 delivery. Accuracy was inconsistent, though, probably as a result of his inconsistent mechanics. Slow delivery. Not patient enough to let routes develop. A little unbalanced outside pocket.
  10. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss.: Above-average height and adequate bulk. Has good mechanics and arm strength, but is streaky with his accuracy and throws a wobbly pass. Made several bad decisions in bowl game, throwing high several times. Inaccurate on move. Doesn’t read defenses well.
  11. Jarrett Brown, W.V.: Good size. Leads receivers well — nice touch and timing. Spread QB who is improving from under center. Snaps wrist well, leading to good velocity. Good pocket presence and steps up when he feels the rush. Just looks like an eventual starting NFL QB. Good speed. Uses stiff arm like a WR. Experienced runner, but looks to run too soon and doesn’t wait for routes to develop. Rushes some throws. Not great field awareness. Needs at least three years before he’s ready to start in NFL.
  12. Sean Canfield, Ore. St.: Good size. Lefty spread QB with good touch and fair accuracy. Shows good anticipation and patience on timing routes. Good pocket presence and knows when to step up in pocket. Very accurate on the run. At best, has average arm strength. Bit of a long windup got him in trouble during bowl game. Needs some work on maintaining throwing mechanics — threw screen pass off back foot even without pressure in Senior Bowl practices. Slow reads — doesn’t read deep safety well.
  13. Ryan Perilloux, Jacksonville St.: Started at LSU, but later transferred to Jacksonville St. Good size. Elite arm strength and good touch. Nice throwing motion. Goes through progressions well. Very good runner and runs like RB. Not easy to bring down. Knows when to throw the ball away. Moves up in pocket but still looks to throw. Accurate on the run. Footwork improved during TvN practice week. Accuracy short and long is fair, but medium accuracy is sketchy. Worked from shotgun in college and fumbled snap in Texas vs. the Nation game. Also fumbled ball while trying to throw it.
  14. Matt Nichols, E. Wash.: Good size. Showed big arm, touch, and comfort level in early Shrine Game practices. However, later made poor decisions and reads. Looked very good on move, and was willing to take shots downfield. Nice deep out pass. Good timing. Pump-fakes well. Strong hands. Threw well even in the rain and wind. Poised during two-minute drills. In Shrine Game, Good speed and natural runner, keeping eyes downfield. Tends to lock onto receiver, though. May need to learn when to get rid of ball — doesn’t feel rush very well.
  15. Max Hall, BYU: Below-average size. Weak arm. In bowl game, not very accurate in pocket or on run. Has good touch on medium throws. Good production in red zone — 21 TDs/1 INT. Good pocket presence, and knows when to throw ball away. OK runner. Small frame may limit him in NFL. In Shrine Game, his footwork from under center was erratic — maybe evidence of tough transition from spread offense. Has trouble moving back after snap from center. Had trouble in practices when weather was wet. Some bad decisions during Shrine Game (threw across body for INT and near-INT). Settled down as game went on, and almost won the game. Good game awareness.
  16. Mike Kafka, Northwestern: Average size. Spread QB who was accurate during season, but threw 6 INTs in bowl game. Strong runner, though not fast or quick. Looks off receiver well. Accurate on crossing patterns and comebacks. Good timing and touch, though inaccurate on fade route. Weak arm, with 50-yard limit. Lost job to Brett Basanez in 2007, so can he really be all that good in the pros? In Shrine Game practices, showed good comfort from under center and poised with good movement within the pocket, but holds ball too long.
  17. Daryll Clark, Penn St.: Not great defense reader. Pro-style QB. Below-average height, but good bulk. Locks on WR too much. Accuracy is an issue even on short passes and screens. Fumbled snap twice in bowl and fumbled several times during Shrine Game practices. Average arm strength and seldom throws downfield, but has nice touch. Moves well and throws with accuracy outside of the pocket. Excellent runner. Slow to make throwing decisions, even when receiver is wide open. Consistent mechanics, but needs to work on footwork setting up. May be converted to RB or wildcat QB in pros.
  18. Bill Stull, Pitt.: Has experience in pro-style offense. Accuracy is an issue, especially deep, where his throws tend to float. Overthrew several receivers in bowl game. Good zip on medium routes.
  19. Rusty Smith, Fla. Atlantic: Great size. Good footwork. Has experience under center. Has good touch, but his accuracy is questionable. Mobile, though not fast. Tends to lock onto receiver. Has durability issues, but has shown toughness, playing through separated throwing shoulder for whole season. Productive. Plays well in big games — was MVP of two bowl games. In Texas vs. the Nation practice, throwing mechanics were very inconsistent, though they had improved from the season, showing he can learn. Late on reads. Fumbled snap. Sidearms it sometimes. Ball sails on occasion. Looked better when he ran 2-min drill — was playing instead of thinking perhaps. Threw well on run. Ran through back of end zone in Texas vs. the Nation game — suspect field awareness.
  20. Trevor Harris, Edinboro: In Cactus Bowl, was pretty efficient, with 77% passing on 13 attempts and 7.5YPA. Also an effective runner. Showed good escapability and pocket presence. Most poised QB in Cactus Bowl. Good pump-fakes. Nice touch on short and medium throws. At least adequate arm strength. Strong and fairly quick runner. A little inconsistent accuracy — not good on run. Seems to go through progression reads well, which is interesting given only a few days with playbook.
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