Can Graham Harrell Become A Great Canadian Football League Passer?

Chase RuttigCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2009

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)

As you all know by now, Graham Harrell decided to sign with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders after getting cut by the Cleveland Browns in training camp.

This is big news as Harrell was a Heisman candidate as a college star and is obviously big news no matter where he goes.

All the hoopla aside, the question is will Graham Harrell live up to the hype and become a great quarterback in the CFL?

I say yes, and while it may be easy to say there are several reasons for this.

He can obviously play as he absolutley tore up every defence he came accross in college and will probably be remembered as one of the most prolific passers in Big 12 history.

He is also a winner as he nearly lead his texas Tech Red Raider squad to the BCS National Championship game this year, pulling off an epic game winning drive against in-state rival Texas in the process.

Even more importantly he is not coming to the CFL for off-field or injury realated issues, he was just severly overlooked during the scouting process at the combine and such. Harrell is coming into the CFL without a drug problem or injury issues which is what plagues most NCAA stars who come to Canada.

Harrell will also transition nicely into the Canadian game as the extra receiver and wider field will play into his skills in the spread and as a pinpoint passer. Harrell can absolutley pick off receivers left and right and the CFL is a passing league.

The only question is wether he will get the playing time in Saskatchewan. When he signed the consensus was that he would basically be parked on the bench behind Darian Durant and Steven Jyles, leaving many scratching their heads.

The Riders abysmal offencive performances during the first month of the season have created a quarterback controversy in Regina and if the lackluster play of Durant and Jyles continues, it is only a matter time before we get to see Harrell in game action.

Once he gets adjusted to the system and all the differences between the Canadian and American games, it is only a matter of time before Harrell becomes a star in the Canadian Football League. He'll be an example to NCAA players that there is life after the NFL and it resides north of the border.