Stephen McGee: The Next Matt Cassell

Martin LongCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2009

IRVING, TX - MAY 01:  Quarterback Stephen McGee #7 of the Dallas Cowboys drops back to pass during rookie mini camp on May 1, 2009 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Stephen McGee will be a franchise quarterback.

He has the arm

He has the talent

He has the work ethic

and he has got all the time in the world.

Stephen McGee had two great years at Texas A&M.

In 2006 he broke the colleges record for pass completions and threw for 12TDs and only 2INTs, these aren't fantastic numbers, but when the fact that this team was transitioning from an option offense, it's pretty impressive.

At the start of the 2007 season McGee was being held on the same level as Colt McCoy.

After throwing for 367 yards and leading his team to victory over the longhorns, some scouts were pushing McGee into the two first rounds of the draft.

McGee accounted for 62% of all his teams offensive yards in 2007 and was definitely the centre piece of the offense.

In the 2008 season opener McGee sprained his shoulder and sat out the rest of the game. The following week McGee started again but only aggravated his shoulder.

For the rest of the season McGee was never at full health and his performance suffered.

He finished the season with 2TDs and 2INTs.

The only highlight of Mcgee's season was when he was awarded with the 2008 National Bobby Bowden Award, which recognizes the student athlete who conducts himself as a role model and leader in the community, in the classroom and on the field.

McGee's stock in the draft obviously dropped, he still thought however that he would be selected in the first three rounds

McGee was selected in the fourth round by Dallas (101th Overall) and will be put in third string behind Tony Romo and Jon Kitna.

For a player that was projected in the first two rounds to be still around in the fourth is a great steal for the Cowboys'.

McGee obviously has talent and has a great quarterback minded coach in Jason Garrett, that has been a player in the NFL and will be able to show him how things are done and help develop as a quarterback, so he can go through his progressions quickly and efficiently. Taking a back seat for a while will really help McGee in his understanding of NFL defenses, so that he can make reads and adjust plays accordingly.

This to me is what will really assist McGee as he will not be shoved right into the NFL, like Stafford and Sanchez, without that much preparation.

I don't believe that he will be a franchise quarterback for Dallas, Romo is too young and McGee has too much potential and talent to sit around behind him for five or six more years.

Mark my words though in two or three years I believe that McGee will pop up on your television screen and be a starting quarterback in the NFL.