Texas Tech Football

Graham Harrell: The Enigma

MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 24:  Graham Harrell #6 of North Team drops back against the South Team during the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 24, 2009 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images for Under Armour)
Kris NovakContributor IApril 7, 2009

Everyone who watches college football knows who he is. Everyone who knows college football wouldn't dare to call him the next Colt Brennan.

Harrell comes from a non-pro style offense which really hurts his stock in the draft. However, his numbers don't lie. Not to mention they are in the Big XII.

Harrell threw for 15,793 yards and 134 touchdowns throughout his four years with the Red Raiders. Yes, Crabtree was the most explosive receiver in college football and accounted for more than one-fourths of his stats but Harrell threw the ball every down.

Is that not what a quarterback does, throw the ball?

Harrell did not have below a 66.9 completion percent nor did his rating fall under 145.78. Consistent much?

His downfall? He can't run a pro-style offense...Yet.

We know that he can throw the ball accurately and consistently, but can he comprehend an NFL passing offense?

He can be a steal in the late rounds. Many NFL scouts underrate him calling his arm a "floppy noodle."

If Harrell is groomed for a few years behind a veteran quarterback, he can learn an NFL offense. As long as he stays in shape, he can be very potent in the NFL.

Yes, it is a risk to take him but is the juice worth the squeeze?

If it is a fourth or fifth-round pick, yes.

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