2012 NFL Draft: Quarterback Class
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are both certain to be selected in the top 10 of this years’ draft. However, question marks still remain about the other quarterbacks in this years’ class.
In my opinion, none of these other quarterbacks are worthy of a first round pick. The quarterback class is quite deep and should feature a number of players picked in the top 100, but it’s pretty tough to predict in what rounds they will be picked.
I will be releasing a full scouting report on both Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as we get closer to the draft but for now, I’ll be concentrating on the the other quarterbacks. Now without further ado, here are the top quarterbacks in this years draft.
Name: Nick Foles
Height: 6 ft 5 in
Weight: 240 lbs
Key strength: Quick release- Foles has a quick release on the football and also shows a nice touch on down field passes. This should come in handy in the NFL where he’ll have even less time to throw.
Key weakness: Poor accuracy- Simply put, Foles needs to improve his accuracy if he is to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. He threw 33 interceptions during his career at Arizona, and that doesn’t suggest an accurate quarterback.
Projected Round: 2nd- Possible team- Miami Dolphins
Name: Brock Osweiler
College: Arizona State
Height: 6 foot 8 in
Weight: 240 lbs
Key strength: Arm strength- Osweiler stands at 6 foot 8 in and he uses that frame to full effect with his elite arm strength. He throws the ball deep down field with ease and is somewhat reminiscent of Joe Flacco.
Key weakness: Decision making- This is where I think Osweiler would have been better off staying in college for another season. His decision making was inconsistent and his 13 interceptions definitely could have been less.
Projected Round: 2nd- Possible team- Seattle Seahawks
Name: Kirk Cousins
College: Michigan State
Height: 6 foot 3 in
Weight: 205 lbs
Key strength: Pocket awareness- Cousins is adapt to passing from the pocket and has rather more experience than other members of this class in this regard. This should help him to adjust quickly playing in the NFL.
Key weakness: Throwing on the run- For a player who possess average speed, Cousins constantly struggles when throwing on the run. Think of his ability to throw on the run as the complete opposite of Robert Griffin III.
Projected Round: 3rd- Possible team- Chicago Bears
Name: Ryan Tannehill
College: Texas A&M
Height: 6 foot 4 in
Weight: 222 lbs
Key strength: Great speed- Tannehill possess great speed and agility. His projected 40 time is 4.60 and that should help when he is on show on the field in the NFL.
Key weakness: Awful down field awareness- His awareness when he is passing down field is truly awful and is highlighted by the 15 interceptions he threw this season.
Projected Round: 3rd- Possible team- Philadelphia Eagles
Name: Russell Wilson
Height: 5 foot 11 in
Weight: 210 lbs
Key strength: Athleticism- Wilson is a superb athlete at is at his best when he is throwing on the run and outside pocket. A former baseball player, he will hope his athletic abilities can translate to the NFL.
Key weakness: Size- Wilson stands at just 5 feett 11 inches, which is certainly not ideal for an NFL quarterback. Due to his small size, doubts have been raised as to whether or not he has the physical toughness that is required.
Projected round: 4th- Possible team- Denver Broncos
Name: Brandon Weeden
College: Oklahoma State
Height: 6 ft 4 in
Weight: 220 lbs
Key strength: Decision making- As Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback, he has shown that he is capable of making the right decisions at crucial points in games. Seventy-one touchdowns over the last two season’s is a testament to this.
Key weakness: Age- Weeden will be 29 years old by the time next season is finished. This is a problem. It leaves little time for him to adjust to life in the NFL and is enough for many teams to take him off their boards.
Projected Round: 5th Possible team- Washington Redskins
Name: Kellen Moore
College: Boise State
Height: 6 foot
Weight: 195 lbs
Key Strength: Awareness- Moore has the starting quarterback for Boise State since his freshman year, and that is due to his awareness on the field and high football IQ.
Key Weakness: Arm strength- It’s quite simple. Moore does not possess any arm strength whatsoever, and should struggle when throwing passes of 20 yards or more. This will hurt his draft stock.
Projected Round: 6th- Possible team- Cleveland Browns
Name: Case Keenum
Height: 6 foot 1 in
Weight: 210 lbs
Key strength: Accuracy- Keenum completed 71 percent of his passes this season whilst throwing for 48 touchdowns with just five interceptions. I’d call that pretty accurate.
Key weakness: Pocket passing- Keenum was operating mostly out of the shotgun in college, and I see him struggling to adjust to passing from the pocket in the NFL.
Projected Round: 7th- Possible team- Green Bay Packers