It's two weeks after the draft, and no one has signed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell. Harrell set virtually every quarterback record in the bowl-subdivision's history, and yet, he goes without a pro team.
Graham Harrell wasn't even invited to the Heisman trophy presentation, which by itself is a crock. The Heisman trophy went to the right person, but it's a damn shame Harrell wasn't invited because he was a quarterback for a spread offence. But all of this is in the past.
Harrell was a projected fifth round pick by Mel Kiper, but we saw him slip all the way off the board. I remember watching in the seventh round, predicting for every pick that it would be Graham Harrell. I couldn't understand why he wasn't picked, and I still don't.
But where does this leave Harrell? There are plenty of teams that could be interested. Some teams I think he could play for include: the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants, and the New Orleans Saints.
The Patriots traded away back-up quarterback Matt Cassel in the offseason. The Patriots basically run a spread offense, so who is better to help out then a guy who ran the most successful spread offense in the history of football? Harrell could back up Brady until Brady calls it quits, and then take over with the knowledge Brady can share.
The New Orleans Saints have a veteran starting quarterback in Drew Brees. Drew Brees, like Brady, could easily teach Graham Harrell all the nuances of playing the position in the pros. I can't name the Saints back-up quarterback. So Harrell could likely become back up right away.
With Rhett Bomar already in a Giants uniform, it would be hard for Harrell to impress the Giants enough to get a contract, but it is possible. Harrell probably wouldn't ever get into a game, but money is money.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could really use a back up. Ben Reothlisberger, when healthy, is one of the best in the league at his position. Reothlisberger's arm couldn't compare to Harrell's though. If Graham Harrell could back up Ben, it would be possible for him to become a starter for the Steelers in the future.
All these teams are amongst the best in the league. The best chance for Harrell to make it in the league is to back up an elite quarterback until he is ready to take over. Harrell could be a lot like Matt Cassel, as long as the situation is right.
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