NFL Draft: USC and 5 Big-Name Schools That Have Produced Recent Overrated QBs
Much is made of whoever plays quarterback for USC or other big-name schools known for reeling in the best recruits at the position.
Typically, these quarterbacks are highly touted going into the NFL, yet a good number of the signal-callers don't live up to the hype.
The following schools have produced a number of overrated quarterbacks in recent years, and draft evaluators should be leery of getting burned again by going to one of these colleges for a field general.
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Mack Brown and his staff have had a few talented quarterbacks in recent years, including Vince Young and Colt McCoy, but both went on to crumble under the pressure of the NFL.
Now led by David Ash, the Longhorns are having success and their signal-caller's draft stock is on the rise.
Though Ash is a good player, Texas' track record of developing quarterbacks isn't great.
NFL teams should be leery.
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Notre Dame is a high-profile program with big-name players and coaches, but its recent quarterbacks haven't done well in the pros.
Both Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen have been busts and don't seem like they'll be productive players anytime soon.
Current Irish QB Everett Golson, only a sophomore, hasn't gotten much consideration as a draft prospect yet, but the NFL may be lukewarm to the thought of another Notre Dame quarterback when his time rolls around.
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It's not much of a big-name school, but some notable NFL names have come out of Marshall, including Randy Moss.
The school has also produced two first-round disappointments with Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich. Pennington was very good, but he was injury-prone and couldn't stay on the field. Leftwich was just inept.
Marshall doesn't really have a great NFL prospect under center right now with Rakeem Cato, but he's only in his second year. It remains to be seen how attractive he will be in a year or two.
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All of these quarterbacks went from highly touted draftee to unspectacular or, in the case of Leinart and Booty, awful NFL signal-callers.
With hyped-up Matt Barkley as its quarterback right now, USC is making NFL fans and team executives wonder whether or not the field general is the real deal or just another overhyped player.
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LSU has had some good college quarterbacks over the last few years, but their signal-callers haven't made a good transition to the pros.
JaMarcus Russell was one of the biggest busts of all time at the position, and Matt Flynn—though drafted late—has failed to live up to high expectations and a big contract in Seattle, losing his job to a 5'11" rookie drafted in the third round.
Currently, LSU is led by Zach Mettenberger, who is going to go high in the draft next year. NFL teams need to be cautious.
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