NFL Draft: Where will Tim Tebow, Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford Go?
Quarterbacks always draw the most attention when it comes to the NFL Draft, and this year there are three—Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow, and Sam Bradford—who are in the spotlight. But they aren't the only quarterbacks that have a chance at NFL success. Here's a look at the top 10 quarterbacks in the 2010 NFL Draft.
10. Mike Kafka
Kafka is known as a dual-threat, with the ability to hurt defenses either by running or by completing quick passes, especially on slants and seams. He directed a spread offense at Northwestern. He's likely to go in the second round as a projected backup, but teams that run a spread or use a lot of the Wildcat could use him as a starter.
Team: Minnesota Vikings (Second Round): The Vikes need somebody to replace Brett Favre eventually, and it won't be Tavaris Jackson. Kafka could learn as a back-up for a year or two before potentially starting.
9. Daryll Clark
Clark spread the ball around this season, throwing touchdowns to eight different receivers. Unfortunately, he also occasionally makes some poor decisions that lead to interceptions. Still, he could be a solid choice for certain teams, particularly since he has a good running ability.
Team: Philadelphia Eagles (second round): Mike Vick is probably next in line to replace Donovan McNabb, should McNabb leave Philly anytime soon, but Clark could make a nice back-up option.
8. Bill Stull
Bill Stull is another guy who is flying a bit below the radar, but his team was ranked in the top 10 for much of the season and came within a point of winning a high-scoring shootout in the Big East Championship game. Stull's size and experience as a three-year starter in a pro-style offense could make him a very attractive pick for a lot of teams, especially after a 2009 in which he threw just eight interceptions.
Team: Cincinnati Bengals (second round): The pocket-passing Stuff could be a good back-up to Carson Palmer.
7. Dan LeFevour
Central Michigan's LeFevour is another dual-threat quarterback—in 2007, he passed for 3,000 yards and ran for 1,000 yards. He doesn't have a lot of experience in a pro-style offense, but teams that value mobility will overlook that.
Team: San Diego Chargers (second round): Yes, the Chargers are set with Philip Rivers. And that will give them time to evaluate LeFevour, who could learn from the sideline in the meantime.
6. Tim Hiller
Size is on Hiller's side—he's 6'5" and 234 pounds. He also has experience in a pro-style offense and doesn't throw many interceptions, which will make him attractive to a lot of pro teams.
Team: San Francisco 49ers (second round): Just in case the Alex Smith experiment doesn't work out, the Niners will need a young talent who can step in.
5. Tony Pike
His overall 2009 numbers were phenomenal, despite being banged up. Pike's size will make him an attractive candidate to NFL scouts. Cincinnati's success in 2009 also could give him more visibility among NFL types.
Team: Oakland Raiders (second round): JaMarcus Russell doesn't appear to be the answer in Oakland, but he's not leaving soon, either. Pike could bide his time on the bench until the Raiders see fit to let Russell move on.
4. Tim Tebow
Tebow has the size that NFL scouts want, and he has the past success. There are questions about his throwing motion and pocket presence, but if he can answer those, then he can be taken in the first round, likely in the teens or 20s. Jacksonville anyone?
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars (first round): Jacksonville needs the splash he'd make, and Tebow seems like a great fit in that organization.
3. Colt McCoy
Size and arm strength are concerns for McCoy, but his status as a consistent winner could make him appealing. He also has been an accurate passer over his career, and in the NFL—a league where interceptions can be fatal to a QB's career—that could make McCoy an attractive prospect. He may go higher than many people suspect.
Team: St. Louis Rams (second round): The Rams will likely take Ndamukong Suh with the first pick, and they still need QB help. McCoy should be available, perhaps as the first pick in the second round, if his shoulder is in good shape.
2. Sam Bradford
If he hadn't gotten hurt, he'd likely be at the top of this list due to the dominance he'd shown earlier in his career. He's a very accurate quarterback, which NFL teams value, and he has an impressive resume. If his health doesn't scare teams off, he'll go very high in the draft.
Team: Washington Redskins (first round): The 'Skins need a QB, and it will come down to Bradford or Jimmy Clausen. Bradford had compiled a nice body of work before getting hurt, and he will likely go here.
1. Jimmy Clausen
Clausen has a strong arm, but what makes him most attractive to pros is the three years he spent under the tutelage of Charlie Weis. He played in a pro-style offense and he showed durability during his time at Notre Dame. He could be the first QB taken in the 2010 NFL Draft, not just because of strong arm and ability to throw deep, but also because of his ability to drop back into the pocket. He's sure to go somewhere in the top 10.
Team: Buffalo Bills (first round): Some experts consider him to be the best QB available, especially since he stayed healthy in 2009. But the guess here is that the Redskins will ignore Bradford's injury and take a chance on him, based on what he did before he got hurt. No other teams in the top ten will need a QB (save the Rams, who will draft Ndamukong Suh), so Clausen will slip to Buffalo, a team which needs help at the position desperately.