For those whom don't know yet, Graham Harrell went undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft and was signed by the Browns. He is currently attending their rookie camp, and there were some rumors that the Browns were going to release Harrell, but I guess that stopped after they saw what Harrell has.
Harrell also comes with some problems, other than the fact that he played for a stacked Texas Tech offense, which apparently didn't hurt Crabtree's draft status that much; the ankle injury hurt it more. He also has a long laundry list of problems found at the combine.
1) Doesn't have the the height or weight that is exactly required for the quarterback position, but than again, look at someone like Matt Hasselbeck.
2) Arm strength is average.
3) Isn't very athletic.
4) Holds the ball down by his waist.
5) Has a very unorthodox throwing motion, meaning he has a very irregular/wild throwing motion.
6) Not very fast and has limited mobility.
7) Not used to making NFL-ready reads or reading NFL defenses.
8) Inconsistent footwork/mechanics.
Now that's a pretty big list of problems for our young Texas Tech QB, but wait, here's a look at what "experts" said about Joe Flacco's weaknesses based on his combine and work-outs.
1) Protected at Delaware with their strong running game.
2) Holds on to the ball to long and isn't very mobile.
3) Questionable ability about making the transition to the center-quarterback exchange; this is mainly because he played in the shotgun at Delaware.
4) Tends to lock on to one receiver.
5) Isn't going to break the pocket and run/scramble.
Now, I know that Harrell has a longer list of problems, but overall, they had the same problems coming out of college going into the NFL.
1) Neither one were very mobile.
2) Both had bad footwork.
3) Both were considered overly protected by their offense.
4) Both held on to the ball too long or had problems with throwing the ball.
The one glaring difference that I see is that Joe Flacco's arm strength is far superior to Graham Harrell's. However, Harrell has proven that he is big game ready—remember the game against Texas.
Texas was the No. 1 team at the time, and although their offense was better than their defense, the Texas defense wasn't exactly a push-over. So, Harrell has in fact had some very controversial games—the Big 12 isn't exactly an easy conference. It has teams like Texas and Oklahoma, which made it to the BCS Title.
Graham Harrell, with the current situation in Cleveland, may not get any playing time right off the bat.
Tom Brady didn't get a chance until the Patriots franchise QB at the time went down and maybe the extra year or two to train will greatly help Harrell's arm strength and accuracy. Harrell could in fact be the closest QB to Tom Brady we have on our hands, and we don't even know it yet.