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The NFL draft moves to primetime for the first time in 2010. The first round will be in PRIMETIME, and takes place on Thursday April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. ET. The NFL Draft second and third rounds are on Friday April 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Rounds Four thru Seven will be held on Saturday April 24th at 10 a.m. ET.
2010 Quarter Back Rankings
SAM BRADFORD – Oklahoma
Some thought the roof was going to cave in when Bradford injured his shoulder this season, but the Sooners’ pivot has set himself up nicely to be the first QB selected in 2010. Though none of the quarterbacks on the board have the upper-echelon, JaMarcus Russell-type arm strength, Bradford possesses what matters – he has superb accuracy.
Moreover, he’s an intelligent young man that should be quick on the uptake (he scored an impressive 36/50 on the Wonderlic test). For three seasons, Bradford directed an offense that was both prolific and efficient at Oklahoma; he could be making a short commute to St. Louis to play his pro ball.
JIMMY CLAUSEN – Notre Dame
Few were as hyped as Clausen was coming out of high school. Despite the promises that they’d nabbed the next Great One, the Irish didn’t see Clausen really assert himself until this season. He had an excellent 2009 campaign, throwing for 3,722 yards and 28 TDs. It helped that Clausen was throwing to stud wideouts like Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, but at any rate one can’t fault the pivot’s statistical output.
While supporters like the fact Clausen excelled in the West Coast offense rather than the spread, critics claim that he is overrated. At any rate, Clausen hasn’t singularly impressed in the draft lead-up like Bradford, and he should be the second QB selected, quite possibly to Buffalo in the first round.
TIM TEBOW – Florida
Everyone has debated and scrapped on Tebow’s value in the NFL, not just at QB but at other positions. At 6”3, 236, he’s built like a brick wall and is the Gators’ best pivot of all time and is probably the best college player in history. However, Tebow doesn’t bring a lot of the standard, Peyton Manning/Carson Palmer-like NFL pivot qualities to the table.
There has been raw concern over his ability as a passer and whether or not he’ll be able to steamroll NFL linebackers like he did his SEC competition. Some theorize that there is pressure on the Jacksonville Jaguars to draft the local product for their franchise’s vitality; but the truth of the matter is that Tebow doesn’t possess enough of the traditional QB strengths to be a first-round selection – though some team might take a chance on him earlier than convention would dictate.
TONY PIKE – Cincinnati
Though 2009 (nay, his entire career) had a smattering of injuries for Pike, he really emerged to guide a deadly Bearcats offense this past season. At almost 6”6 and 215 lbs, Pike possesses nice size for the next level and was clutch in big games, as Cincinnati asserted itself as a program to be reckoned with.
There have been whispers that the Cleveland Browns could have some interest in the Reading, OH native; others impressed at the Combine (read: West Virginia’s Jarrett Brown) but Pike is probably still the next best in a 2010 quarterback class that, after the top two, isn’t eye-popping in obvious NFL riches.
JARRETT BROWN – West Virginia
Brown didn’t get a large window of opportunity at WV holding a clipboard behind Pat White for a few seasons, yet he’s using what little time he had to his advantage. Brown didn’t change the world under center for the Mountaineers in 2009, but his Combine stats are speaking loudly indeed.
The pivot ran a blistering 4.54 forty-yard dash, dusting the other quarterbacks (Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour was next fastest with a 4.66). Brown also has more passing acumen than White ever had, and at 6”4, 221 lbs, his size is more than adequate. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Brown selected in the third round.
Honorable Mention: DAN LeFEVOUR, Central Michigan (a poor man’s Tim Tebow, but quite possibly a better passer)!
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