Whenever he returns to active player status, Michael Vick will be on the short list of NFL quarterbacks.
Of the top 10 quarterbacks by yards last season, only 6'0" Drew Brees is as short as Michael Vick.
David Garrard stretches to 6'1". Donovan McNabb, Aaron Rodgers, and Kurt Warner are 6'2".
Then you get to the big guys.
Twelve quarterbacks were selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. Chase Daniel was not one of them.
Daniel, 6'0", led the modern revival of the University of Missouri football.
The three-year starter finished his career with 101 touchdowns against 41 interceptions, 12,515 yards and a 68 percent completion rate.
But pro scouts considered him a system quarterback successful from the shotgun spread formation according to the scouting report on www.nfldraftscout.com.
Height was an issue. Says NFL Draft Scout, Daniel "has the zip to complete the short and intermediate passes, but has to wind up for the longer throws and due to his lack of height and release point, longer passes tend to sail."
Of the 12 quarterbacks selected, all but two were 6'2" or taller. Miami selected West Virginia's Pat White, 6'0", where he will factor in their Wildcat formation but is unlikely to displace Chad Pennington, 6'3". The Dolphins cite White as the reason they have no interest in Michael Vick.
The Patriots took a flyer on 5'11" Julian Edelman, Kent State, in the seventh round to function in the Wildcat.
Look up perfect NFL quarterback in a dictionary and you will find Peyton Manning or Tom Brady.
Manning towers at 6'5", barely edging out 6'4" Brady.
As long as the pro game favors pocket passers over option running quarterbacks, NFL general managers will favor quarterbacks who match Peyton Manning's stature.
Those other numbers, the stats, touchdowns, completions, are another matter. But the theory seems to be the taller the quarterback, the more likely the completions.
Everybody wants somebody like Peyton Manning.
Two men are the reason why Michael Vick won't play for the Falcons this year.
Matt Ryan is the other one.
Ryan, at 6'4", towers over 6'0" Vick. Ryan accomplished as much in his rookie season by passing the ball as Vick did in 2002, the year he became a full time starter. Only, Ryan did it primarily as a passer.
Let's give honorable mention to Baltimore's Joe Flacco, 6'6", who like Ryan, led his team to the playoffs.
Like the wolf in Red Riding Hood, height makes it better to see you with.
Check this comparison: Michael Vick, 6'0", 215 pounds; Adrian Peterson, 6'1", 217 pounds.
Michael Vick is a near-match to the stature of pro football's premier rusher. COLD HARD FOOTBALL FACTS notes that Vick already holds the record for career (7.34) and single season (8.45) yards per carry average.
That record is unofficial. The NFL doesn't measure such things until the player reaches 750 carries. Vick interrupted his career at 527 rushing attempts.
CHFF points out that quarterbacks peak at around age 30 after repetition of snaps in their earlier years. When Vick picks up the ball again, he will be competing against younger and taller quarterbacks.
Michael Vick is built like a runner. He runs like a runner. He might be a better rusher than Adrian Peterson.