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2010 NFL Scouting Combine: Quarterbacks

A look at the 2010 NFL Rookie Signal Callers and their performance at the NFL Scouting Combine

There may not be a more coveted position both in fantasy football and the NFL than the “quarterback of the future”. Given the questionable situations that a number of teams have at the position, the search for the one is an ongoing process. That process starts with the NFL Draft, but unfortunately this year’s QB Draft Class is likely to disappoint. Sam Bradford and Jimmy Claussen, the two top prospects, are clear cut at this point and both have QB1 potential in the long term. After that, though, things get cloudy. A number of big name prospects (Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy) and late round prospects (Levi Brown, Jarrett Brown) offer starter potential, but also come with question marks and limitations. A team that has the patience to allow a QB prospect to develop, though, may get rewarded with a bright future.

According to the NFL Network, 82% of the players at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine were selected in last years NFL Draft.  Below we have provided some of this years most intruiging Fantasy Football Prospects.


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Tony Pike (Cincinnati):
 
6'6" - 223 lbs
Pike is the tallest QB prospect, but definitely needs to add some weight to handle an NFL beating.  As one of the few top rated QB's throwing at the combine, he had plenty of opportunity to display his cannon and accuracy you will be targeting on your Dynasty squad as a 2 year developmental prospect.  Pike was a first team all Big East player and an early Heisman candidate prior to a broken forearm.  Forearm issues have been laid to rest as the too small early forearm plate has been replaced with an adequate remedy.  His 48 TD to 17 INT ratio over the last two seasons is intriuging.  Tony Pike is one of our favorite Dynasty prospects and should be targeted as a high upside development player.  He will be compared to Joe Flacco, but did not raise his stock at the combine enough for us to make the comparison yet.  Look for Pike to catch the eye of an NFL team this draft season.  Despite the fact he struggled some on vertical drills, his overall accuracy keeps him within the Top-5 Dynasty QB prospects.

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Levi Brown (Troy)

6'3" - 229 lbs
Brown in a 4-Year Senior that transferred from Richmond to Troy.  He has protoypical QB size and a build to survive an NFL beating.  Most of his collegiate career playing from the spread, however he shows  excellent drive from the line of scrimmage when playing from under center - an indicator of the potential for him to make the transition to the pro's.  Brown shows excellent velocity and has learned quickly during film sesions.  Likely a 2-3 year developmental project but can be a strong QB sleeper that you will likely be able to land deep in your Dynasty Rookie Drafts as he will likely be taken in the late rounds in April. He passed for over 4,200 yards for a 63.7% passing percentage in his Senior season.

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Tim Tebow (Fla): 

6'3" - 236
Tim Tebow is the man of the hour.  Arguably the top college football player ever, Tebow is earning 3rd round grades due to his poor mechanics and inexperience in an NFL type offensive system.  Tebow was accompanied by a large entourage the entire week - not bad for a 3rd round QB.  We however find him a much more intruiging Dynasty candidtate.  Tebow did not throw at the Combine as he is currently making changes to his throwing motion.  Will he develop a better throwing motion by his pro day?  Probably?  Will this throwing motion hold up in NFL action? Probably not.  What Tebow does have is tremendous athletic ability, intelligence and a competitveness to be the best.  All attributes an NFL team looks for.  Tebow is not NFL ready, and much like most of the average talent, he looks exceptional with his first read, then below average when forced to throw on the move or under pressure to 2nd and 3rd reads.  What we do know is that Tebow needs to work and work hard.  For the next three years.  He proved to be extremely athletic running a 4.72-40 and tied the QB vertical leap record with 38.5-inches.  If he lands in a spot where he can grow into an NFL QB, the sky is the limit here.

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Colt McCoy (Texas):  
6'1" - 216 lbs
McCoy experienced one of the most dreadful situations in this years BCS National Championship Game.  A first quarter shoulder injury landed him on the sidelines in his final game as a Texas Longhorn.  Since the injury, the scrutinty has grown and his draft stock has shrunk.  McCoy is a 4-year starter and proven winner.  Aa a player that has done everything right as a collegiate  QB, its hard to imagine that questions about his size and arm strength will become major draft questions for McCoy this draft season.  While McCoy obviously didn't throw this weekend, he did take part in workouts and further defined his status as one of this years top athletic QB's.  McCoy is a hit or miss Dynasty QB.

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Sam Bradford (Oklahoma):
6'4" - 236 lbs
While everyone knew that Bradford wouldn't throw, he generated some draft buzz by weighing in well above most expected.  People have called him to lanky to take an NFL hit, but clearly he taking the necessary steps to add needed mass.  Bradford's situation is clearly an indication of how quickly we forget - as fans - about a players upside.  Bradford could have entered last years NFL Draft and had been one of the top overall prospects.  There is a strong indication that he will be the #1 player off the board and headed to St. Louis, but of course, who knows?  Bradford will throw at his pro day in late March and solidify himself as the top QB prospect.  He should be the top QB off the board in your upcoming Dynasty Drafts as well.  

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Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame):
6'2.5" - 222 lbs
Clausen is the second big name prospect that didn't throw at this years Combine.  Clausen has a steel plate in his toe and various reports exist when he will actually be prepared to perform a formal workout for scouts.  Clausen carries the title of this groups most NFL ready QB coming out of a Charlie Weis pro-style program at Notre Dame.  We like him as the #2 Dynasty QB, but without taking part in the hype train, don't be surprised if we find a QB or two to challenge the #2 position.

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Jarrett Brown (West Virginia):
6'3" - 224 lbs
Brown is an excellent athlete, but was miscast in WVU's offense. He is a better QB prospect than Pat White, despite only playing one season of college ball.  Brown was a top performer in many of the combine drills and was the fastest QB at the combine by a wide margin posting a 4.54 second 40.  Brown is athletic and will definitely be considered for wildcat duties as he transitions to the NFL. He is a project, though, that will need time with the clipboard before he sees the field. He is the most athletic QB that is likely to stick at the position on Sundays.

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Jevan Snead (Ole Miss.):
6'3" - 219 lbs
Coming out early, Snead played two seasons, a solid year in 2008, then regressed showing inconsistency in '09 throwing 20 TD's and 20 INT's.  He likely could have used another year to be considered a top prospect. The Combine is a perfect place for Snead to boost his draft stock because of his physical abilities and high intelligence level which will impressive scouts. He impressed in all aspects of of the throwing drills at the Combine, showing surprising accuracy. His stock is on the way up, but keep in mind he was never a terribly accurate passer at Ole Miss and like most of the group this year is a long term development project.

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Dan Lefevour (Central Michigan):

6'3" - 230lbs
An uninjured Lefevour has drawn much criticism for not throwing this weekend. While he did run a solid 40 time (4.62) and display an overall solid athletic ability, without throwing, he did nothing to raise his stock at the Combine.  Questions about his arm strength remain and his Senior Bowl performance has already been forgotten. 

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John Skelton (Fordham):
6'5" - 243 lbs
Skelton showed nice athleticism.  He was also considered by many to have had the best passing performance of the QB's that decided to throw over the weekend.  This really isn't saying much however.

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Jonathan Crompton (Tenn): 
6'4" - 228 lbs
Crompton was a late bloomer that overcame numerous offensive coaching/system changes during his time at Tennessee.  Impressively, Crompton showed the ability to start slow and end strong finishing his Senior season with 2,800 passing yards and 27 TD's. Unfotunately, Crompton was not invited to the Combine, which is a shame.  Pay attention to his progress through Draft season.  He has the intangibles to be a deep sleeper at the NFL level.

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Upcoming BeastOrBust.com NFL Draft Content:
Over the next couple months, we will be bringing you important NFL Draft Content.  Check back as we will unveil our Top Dynasty Prospects at each skill position.  In our yearly Needs not Wants Draft Column, we will take an in-depth look at each NFL teams needs to highlight suitable landing spots for these future Beasts of the NFL.  Draft Previews and Draft Instant Reaction Articles will wrap up this years coverage.  Be sure not to miss our upcoming Dynasty Digging - Who Wants to Gamble feature, highlighting some players to roll the dice on in your upcoming Rookie Drafts.