Ranking the Top 10 Senior Quarterbacks in the 2009 NFL Draft
Clearly the focus for the NFL Draft as far as quarterbacks go is centered around underclassmen at this point.
With players such as Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Matthew Stafford, and Mark Sanchez in the mix, the 2009 NFL Draft could be interesting. But on the other hand, what happens if all of these players stay at their respective schools?
It's time for everyone to get acquainted with the senior quarterbacks that will hope to be playing on Sundays this year and see what they have to offer.
No. 10—Stephen McGee, Texas A&M
Stephen McGee is a quick quarterback. That's the first thing that jumps out at you. He makes quick decisions and can scramble if he is needed. That strength, however, may be a downfall.
McGee seems to me like a quarterback who is too quick to scramble if the pocket is collapsing instead of locating an open man, an indicator that he's not good under pressure. McGee threw only 85 passes this year, completing 65.9 percent of his throws for two touchdowns and two picks.
No. 9 —Todd Boeckman, Ohio State
Remember this guy? You guessed it. Todd Boeckman who led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship last season was replaced early on this year by young gun Terrell Pryor.
Boeckman definitely has the ability to throw the deep ball and is not afraid to throw on the run. However, his willingness to throw off-balance passes has given him some accuracy problems. Boeckman managed a 128.4 passer rating before being replaced this season.
No. 8—Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State
When you talk about a guy who can take a hit you've got to think Rudy Carpenter.
The Sun Devil quarterback has proven that he is a tough quarterback and threw only nine interceptions this season to his 16 touchdowns en route to a 130.3 passer rating. Carpenter though, doesn't handle pressure too well and in a few instances he has seemed hot headed, a trait I would look down on as a general manager.
No. 7—Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State
Rhett Bomar, a former starter for Oklahoma, has seen his fair share of controversy throughout his career.
After accepting money from a car dealership, he was dismissed by OU and got a second chance at Sam Houston State. He is the fastest quarterback on this list and posted a 135.3 rating in his senior season with the Bearkats.
If NFL teams want to take a gamble on Bomar's questionable character, he could be the steal of this draft.
No. 6—Cullen Harper, Clemson
I've got to admit, when I saw Cullen Harper's 14 picks compared to just 13 touchdowns and mediocre 126.2 quarterback rating, I was a bit turned off.
However, when you watch Harper on tape, he has a solid rocket for an arm. He can throw laser line drive passes as well as deep balls. Moreover, judging by a few of his interviews, he has just the type of character that you would want him to reflect on your organization. Harper has definite potential.
No. 5—Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State
When I look at Chase Holbrook, I see nothing but potential. This is a guy who is not very well known because he plays for a mediocre team in the WAC.
He's also a quarterback that a few years ago, before Sam Bradford, ESPN analysts were saying would be the missing pieces to the Oklahoma puzzle. What a compliment. Holbrook completed 67.8 percent of his passes this year en route to a 141.6 rating and 25 touchdowns. He is the tallest quarterback on this list at 6'5". His only visible flaw is he is also the slowest quarterback on this list.
No. 4—Mike Teel, Rutgers
Mike Teel is a solid, Big East quarterback. At 6'3" tall, he racked up 3418 yards for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights this year.
With a 148.1 rating, he has a powerful arm and can lead receivers. Teel's only downfall is that sometimes he doesn't know his own strength. I noticed a lot of plays where his receivers had to reach further to bring down the catch. This may be an indicator that Teel overthrows his target more often than necessary.
No. 3—Willie Tuitama, Arizona
I was very impressed with the accuracy I saw from Willie Tuitama this season. He lofts the ball a little higher than most quarterbacks on this list, but places the ball in a spot where only his receivers can catch it.
In fact, out of all the quarterbacks on this list who played a full season, Tuitama threw the least amount of interceptions with eight. He also completed 64.9 percent of his passes and could be a sleeper in the draft.
No. 2 - Chase Daniel, Missouri
When quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford and Sam Bradford flashed their guns this season, Chase Daniel, an early Heisman favorite, seemed to drop off the radar.
However, everything I've seen from Daniel indicates that he is one of the best, if not the best, senior quarterback heading into this draft. He has good accuracy, he's a scrambler and he's very energetic. He leads his team by example and watching him play is a real treat. His size, though, may be a problem. He is the shortest quarterback on this list and he strikes me as a better college quarterback than a pro.
No. 1—Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
I guarantee that from now until the draft, Graham Harrell will be criticized for being a system quarterback. Especially if a bunch of the underclassmen declare for the draft.
However, this kid knows how to throw the football, plain and simple. His record breaking 5,111 yards is deceiving because he also threw 140 more passes than anyone else on this list. However, you can't hide the fact that he's thrown 45 touchdown passes compared to nine interceptions. That's a remarkable ratio. Harrell has great pocket presence that will drive defenses crazy. He makes quick and accurate throws and he will be a good quarterback in the NFL someday.