2012 NFL Draft: 3 Young QB's Who Won't Succeed in the Pros

MichaelContributor IIMarch 1, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 3 Young QB's Who Won't Succeed in the Pros

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    This is the best time of the year for a lot of NFL fans.

    Teams that disappointed or didn't achieve their goals get a chance to make moves that will build their franchise for the future.

    For teams such as Indianapolis, Washington and Cleveland, it is crystal clear what direction they will probably head in.

    This draft features many impressive, smart and successful college quarterbacks, but the question is, which ones will be studs and which ones will be duds?

    We have seen guys such as Ryan Leaf, Vince Young, Cade McNown and Tim Couch bomb in the NFL after scouts believed they had such high potential.

    Each year, there is speculation of who the next Ryan Leaf will be. I'm not sure if there will be a quarterback that fails that laughably, but there could be a few that will not play up to expectations

    Take a look at three QB's that will have a tough time succeeding in the pros.

Brock Osweiler, Arizona State

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    Arizona State had the talent and strength of schedule to be a top-15, maybe even top-10, team this past season.

    Where did they finish? 6-7, which was good for the eighth-best record in the Pac-12.

    After taking care of USC early in the season, it looked like the Sun Devils would compete for the Pac-12 title.

    Instead, they went downhill, and fast.

    Osweiler did pass for over 4,000 yards this season, but his accuracy came into question a few times. His completion percentage was a tad over 63 percent, and he was third in the league with 13 interceptions, only behind Nick Foles (14) of Arizona and Sean Mannion (18) of Oregon State.

    Not only could his accuracy be in question at the next level, his escapability could be as well.

    Osweiler got sacked 28 times, which was good for second most in the entire Pac-12.

    He is ranked the fourth-highest quarterback in this year's draft, but if I were an NFL team, I'd stay away for now.

Brandon Weeden, OK State

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    Don't get me wrong, Brandon Weeden is a special quarterback that proved a lot of people wrong, but there are simple facts that cannot be ignored.

    He is going to be 29 years old this year.

    Remember the last quarterback that was older and put up fantastic college statistics? Jason White from Oklahoma was feared by everyone in the college game. He even won the Heisman Award as a senior.

    But when it came down to it, his age caught up to him, and he could not take his talent to the next level.

    I'm not saying Weeden is the next Jason White, but I am saying he will have limited chances due to his age alone.

    A team in the second or third round may take a chance on him, but if he does not have an offensive line that will protect him at all times, then he will have a short career in the pros.

Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

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    Maybe this is because of my thoughts regarding the Big Ten, but I was not impressed by any quarterback in the league all season.

    Kirk Cousins has the typical build for an NFL QB, pushing 6'4", 215 lbs., but again, does he have the tools needed to make it in the pros?

    I don't believe so.

    This season, Michigan State had two terrible losses to Notre Dame and Nebraska, both by nearly 20 points each.

    Cousins' completion percentage went down by nearly four percent from his junior season, finishing at 63 percent.

    Every NFL scout and analyst puts accuracy at the top of the list when it comes to defining a great NFL quarterback, and Cousins is simply inconsistent.

    Unless he gets put in the perfect position, he will struggle to make ends meet at the next level.

Quarterback Steal of the Draft

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    The three previous quarterbacks proved their worth to their schools throughout the four years of their careers, but the pro game is completely different from the college game.

    One guy who many people may not know is Nick Foles from Arizona.

    Although he got overshadowed by the spectacular play of Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck, Foles has the tools to bring his game to the NFL.

    He there for over 4,300 yards this past season and completed nearly 70 percent of his passes. Not only is that completion percentage impressive, it's even more impressive when I state the next statistic.

    In 2011-2012, Foles attempted the fifth-most passes across the entire NCAA D-I.

    This guy has pinpoint accuracy that will be coveted by many teams. He may fall into the third or fourth round, and if he does indeed drop, some team will be lucky and get the steal of the draft by taking Nick Foles.