Those who regularly visit NFL Mock Draft Websites all year round like myself can vouch that this years version of Matt Stafford was supposed to be Mississippi's Jevan Snead. He was the big QB with the strong arm and all the physical tools.
After an underwhelming junior season, Snead inexplicably chose to enter the 2010 NFL draft in a move which left many football analysts scratching their heads. He probably will be a second or third round pick depending on his combine numbers. Many teams might be scared away by his lack of college production and inconsistency, but in the right situation taking a flier on Snead might be a good move.
For a solid team in need of a QB or with QB uncertainty three years or so down the road, Snead would be a very solid gamble. It would have to be a team with a solid roster otherwise, no immediate need for him to start, and most importantly a team where he doesn't have to come in and be the franchise savior.
In an ideal scenario, Snead would fall to a team like Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Tennessee, or Denver in round three. These teams all have solid talent already and no immediate need at QB. Garrard, McNabb, and Orton, pending unpredictable trades appear to have their jobs locked up for at least another year or two. Snagging Snead in round three and sitting him for two years at least could eventually pay off big time.
It's rare that a guy with his kind of physical tools and prior NFL projection are had in the middle rounds. Say what you want about his decision making and consistency but the bottom line is its not often you have a chance to get a guy in round two or three that many people thought had a chance to be the first overall pick prior to the college season last year.
Its a shame a young kid has forced us to look at it this way; but the logic behind drafting Jevan Snead is that essentially we are capitalizing on a young college kid's poor decision. In reality, he should be back at Ole Miss for his senior year competing with Jake Locker and Ryan Mallet for "Who should be the top QB taken in 2011?" But as it currently stands, it might not be a bad move for a solid team to take a flier on Snead, sit him down and hope his decision making, on and off the field, improves.