2012 NFL Draft: Tracking Landing Spots for Top 18 QBs
With Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor dominating NFL draft media, other quarterbacks have been lost in the discussions. This is where you can track Matt Miller's top 18 QB prospects during the 2012 NFL Draft.
The slides will be updated during the draft, keeping you informed of their status and any important information.
Along with their landing spots, you will also see videos of who these prospects compare to in the NFL.
QB No. 10: Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi
Name: Austin Davis
School: Southern Mississippi
Pro Comparison: Colt McCoy
Austin Davis did not stand out during the Combine, but had a terrific senior season.
In 2011, Davis threw for 3,496 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes.
At times, Davis shows a strong and accurate arm, making him a prospect worth developing.
QB No. 12: Case Keenum, Houston
Name: Case Keenum
Pro Comparison: Graham Harrell
Throughout his NCAA career, Case Keenum has set records. Most recently, in 2011, Keenum threw for 5,631 yards, 48 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Keenum is small for an NFL quarterback prospect, standing at only 6'1".
After disappointing at the Combine, the 24-year-old quarterback impressed scouts at the Houston pro day with solid times in the 20-yard shuffle and three-cone drill, in addition to throwing the ball well.
QB No. 13: G.J. Kinne, Tulsa
Name: G.J. Kinne
Pro Comparison: Colt McCoy
G.J. Kinne has some of the tools of an NFL quarterback, and had good stats in 2011, throwing for 3,090 yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
However, Kinne failed to produce great numbers against the tougher teams in Tulsa's weak schedule.
QB No. 14: Kellen Moore, Boise State
Name: Kellen Moore
School: Boise State
Pro Comparison: Chase Daniel
Kellen Moore put up good numbers in 2011 while leading a potent Boise State offense, throwing for 3,800 yards, 43 touchdowns and nine interceptions while completing 74.3 percent of his passes.
Lack of size and arm strength limit Moore's potential as an NFL quarterback.
QB No. 15: Barrett Trotter, Auburn
Name: Barrett Trotter
Pro Comparison: N/A
With only decent size at 6'2", Barrett Trotter chose to declare for the draft after having trouble keeping his role as starting quarterback for Auburn.
In eight games played, Trotter threw for 1,184 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions completing only 55 percent of his passes.
QB No. 16: Dan Persa, Northwestern
Name: Dan Persa
Pro Comparison: N/A
Dan Persa, who did not receive an invite to the Combine, falls short in both size and physical talent.
In 2011, Persa threw for 2,376 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
QB No. 17: Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Name: Zach Collaros
Pro Comparison: N/A
Zach Collaros is an under-sized quarterback who often struggles to see over the line of scrimmage.
When his passes were not being batted down at the line in 2011, Collaros threw for 1,934 yards, 15 touchdowns and was picked-off 10 times. On the ground, Collaros rushed for 234 yards and eight touchdowns.
QB No. 18: Nathan Dick, Central Arkansas
Name: Nathan Dick
School: Central Arkansas
Pro Comparison: N/A
Nathan Dick is productive at the small school level, but has only average arm strength and lacks speed on his passes.
In 2011, Dick threw for 3,275 yards, 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
QB No. 1: Andrew Luck, Stanford: Colts: Round 1 (1)
Name: Andrew Luck
Pro Comparison: Steve Young
Luck had another great season in 2011, throwing for 3,517 yards, 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. It should be noted, however, that three of Luck's interceptions were off of tipped balls.
Along with a strong season, the Stanford quarterback also had good showings at the NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day workout—giving no reasons to negatively effect his draft stock.
QB No. 2: Robert Griffin III, Baylor: Redskins Round 1 (2)
Name: Robert Griffin III
Pro Comparison: John Elway
Robert Griffin III, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, used the combine to show scouts exactly why he belongs in the NFL. Griffin was officially clocked in the 40-yard dash at a time of 4.41 seconds—only to be beaten by four players, all of them being wide receivers.
Griffin completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards, 37 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2011. Rushing the ball, he totaled 699 yards with 10 touchdowns.
QB No. 4: Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M: Miami Round 1 (8)
Name: Ryan Tannehill
School: Texas A&M
Pro Comparison: Josh Freeman
Last year, Ryan Tannehill struggled in some games, but put together an impressive season while throwing for 3,744 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Tannehill also ran for 306 yards, with four touchdowns on the ground.
Although Tannehill has small hands, which may contribute to fumbling the ball in the NFL, he has terrific potential as a passer and can be very dangerous when he decides to tuck the ball and run.
QB No. 5: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State: Browns Round 1 (22)
Name: Brandon Weeden
School: Oklahoma State
Pro Comparison: Carson Palmer
The 29-year-old Weeden had a terrific year in 2011, throwing for 4,727 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 72 percent of his passes.
The biggest negative towards Weeden is his age. He would be 29 as a rookie, which leaves him little time for progression before age starts to take its toll.
Throughout the 2011 season, Weeden showed strong pocket-passing skills as well as a strong, accurate arm. Having Justin Blackmon as a receiver helped him, but his skills are still very strong.
QB No. 6: Brock Osweiler, Arizona State: Broncos 2 (57)
Name: Brock Osweiler
School: Arizona State
Pro Comparison: John Skelton
Brock Osweiler has all the raw talent to be a very good quarterback in the NFL—especially if he is given the time to develop.
The former basketball player stands in the pocket at 6'7", and despite his size, shows surprising mobility—he rushed for three touchdowns in 2011.
Osweiler also had himself a strong passing season, throwing for 4,036 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
QB No. 7: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin: Seahawks Round 3 (75)
Name: Russell Wilson
Pro Comparison: Seneca Wallace
Russell Wilson had a very good first year starting for Wisconsin. He threw for 3,175 yards, 33 touchdowns and was only intercepted four times. He also ran for 338 yards and six touchdowns.
Although his mobility is excellent, Wilson does not have the prototypical size of a starting NFL quarterback—listed at only 5'11".
QB No. 8: Nick Foles, Arizona: Eagles Round 3 (88)
Name: Nick Foles
Pro Comparison: Curtis Painter
Nick Foles is a pocket-passer with a big arm, but needs to develop his field vision to succeed in the NFL.
During his 2011 season, Foles carried his team with 4,334 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The interceptions were so high due to his tendency to lock in on one receiver.
With a strong arm and good size, Foles has the physical tools to become a good NFL quarterback with the right development.
QB No. 3: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State: Redskins Round 4 (102)
Name: Kirk Cousins
School: Michigan State
Pro Comparison: Matt Hasselbeck
Cousins impressed many scouts by throwing at the combine and playing with good potential during the 2011 season, even though he was slightly held back by an offense that used its ground game as the main source of offense.
Despite the strong presence of the running attack, Cousins still amassed 3,316 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Six of his touchdowns came in impressive performances versus rival school Wisconsin.
QB No. 9: B.J. Coleman, Chattanooga: Packers Round 7 (243)
Name: B.J. Coleman
Pro Comparison: Trent Edwards
B.J. Coleman was not able to throw at the Combine, but wowed scouts during his pro day with his strong arm and accuracy, completing his first 15 passes.
With good size and mobility, Coleman has the tools to be coached and developed into an NFL-caliber quarterback.
QB No. 11: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois: Colts Round 7 (253)
Name: Chandler Harnish
School: Northern Illinois
Pro Comparison: Brian Hoyer
Chandler Harnish lacks in arm strength, but excels with his mobility.
In 2011, Harnish threw for 3,216 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions. Rushing the ball, he gained an impressive 1,379 yards while scoring 11 times.
With consistent play and being a threat with his mobility, Harnish will be an NFL-ready quarterback if he can develop his arm strength.
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