Enough About Tebow, McCoy, Bradford: Dan LeFevour Is the One to Watch

Zack NallyCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Dan LeFevour #13 of the Central Michigan Chippewas drops back to pass against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With the media buzzing and the beat writers scribbling furiously about Tim Tebow's weak Senior Bowl showing, and the prospectiveness of Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford, I can't help but wonder, why is no one talking about Dan LeFevour?

The Central Michigan senior was offered a position to play in the Senior Bowl after an inspiring GMAC win over Troy in double overtime, a feather in his already impressive four-year cap. 

Amid the talk of the bigger-name quarterbacks, LeFevour entered the game during the third quarter with a face of humility and the arm of a champion. He quickly silenced speculations of an NFL-ready arm with a 32-yard strike to Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard for a touchdown. 

He throws a clean long ball as consistently as the next young quarterback. He managed to hit the fastest player in the Senior Bowl in stride, something every scout looks for in young talent. 

He displayed a cool head and mature cognizance when a snap under center went awry and he scooped it up, carrying it in for another touchdown.

None of this is new, though, as LeFevour left college with more combined pass-run touchdowns than anyone else (147). He has a knack for throwing on the run, often bearing a striking resemblance to Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. 

Like any rookie, LeFevour does display some weaknesses and inconsistencies. His pocket presence leaves something to be desired, and despite a stellar long ball at the Senior Bowl, his arm strength will still be heavily scrutinized. 

After spending four years in a spread formation, it's no surprise that the former Chippewa has struggled taking snaps under center, but he is aware of it, and I have no doubt he will take long strides in improving that. 

"I think I could have done a little better under center," LeFevour stated. "...I need to sharpen up those skills from drops, from timing, to everything like that. Obviously, there's still some work to do, and I'll get it done." 

Non-statistically speaking, LeFevour's college career has been marked with mediocrity due to Central Michigan's Division I standing. Some would say he hasn't been truly tested, but his character will win over more than a few owners. 

It's all speculation as to where he will end up come April, but I hope for his sake the team has a decent offensive line. He can throw on the run, but I've seen too many promising young quarterbacks lose their stride and their confidence by taking too many sacks.

LeFevour will most likely watch the draft from home, patiently awaiting his name to be called during the third or fourth round, an unfortunate byproduct of the popularity contest the NFL draft has become.

Expectations for LeFevour won't be very high his first year, and depending on where he lands, he may not even start. But don't let that fool you—in time we will look back with the realization that LeFevour was the sleeper that slipped by.  

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