2010 NFL Draft: Creating the Ultimate QB Prospect
What makes a quarterback great?
Great size and arm strength? The ability to lead a team to the game winning touchdown? Having the ability to throw and run?
Well, all of these abilities have their pluses in the NFL. It is rare to find a quarterback who possesses one of the these traits let alone two or three.
But what if there was a quarterback who had nearly all of these traits?
This article hypothetically takes the best attributes from each quarterback prospect to create the ultimate quarterback prospect.
Please let me know if you agree or disagree, or if you would have added another part or two. I am more than willing to debate and make changes.
Body and Size: John Skelton, Fordham
John Skelton could not possibly be built any better for an NFL quarterback.
Skelton not only possesses ideal size—6'6"—but he is also a very strong player, and he fills out his big 243-pound frame. Skelton would be able to see over offensive lines easily, and he could still take a hit or two.
Despite playing at Fordham, Skelton's amazing size and strong arm have him climbing up draft boards.
This is the kind of size NFL general managers dream of.
Brain: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Bradford scored the highest (known) Wonderlic score of the quarterbacks entering the NFL draft—36 out of a possible 50.
Bradford not only put up a great Wonderlic score, but also has shown the ability to make great decisions on the field.
At Oklahoma, Bradford threw for 88 touchdowns and only 16 interceptions. He also had a career completion percentage close to 70 percent, and a passer rating close to 180.
No matter how you cut it, Bradford is a very smart player on and off the field. His intelligence is a big reason why he is being considered the No. 1 overall pick.
Eyes: Colt McCoy, Texas
Despite not having the strongest arm in the nation, McCoy was able to succeed largely because of his excellent vision.
McCoy finished his career with a 70.2 completion percentage, and had a career high of 76.7 in 2008.
McCoy was able to pick apart the defense through the air, but he was also able to find creases in the defense and run to pick up yards and touchdowns.
In the NFL, McCoy will be able to succeed through this rare ability.
Arm: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
Love him or hate him; the guy can throw.
Clausen was touted as a true gun-slinger ready to lead an offense in any situation, and he did not disappoint in South Bend and will not disappoint in the NFL.
Clausen was able to hook up with Michael Floyd on deep passes, Golden Tate on short routes, and Kyle Rudolph in goal-line situations. Simply put: he can make all the throws.
No matter what the scenario, Clausen will believe in himself and always know he can make "that" throw.
Heart: Tim Tebow, Florida
This was an obvious choice. No one in college football history has possessed the kind of heart that Tim Tebow has.
He was the heart and soul for Florida for three years, and he never once disappointed.
Whether you agree or disagree with his religious views, Tebow was a very inspirational player, and he will continue playing with this edge in the NFL.
Look for any NFL success to come largely because he will outwork his competition.
Legs: Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Dan LeTebow broke nearly every record at Central Michigan. He was not only a great passing quarterback, but he was also always a threat on the ground.
LeFevour rushed for 47 career touchdowns, and this was largely because of his excellent leg strength and initial quickness.
Having the ability to run your opponent over, while being able to run around them too was a huge advantage for LeFevour in college football.
While he may not have the same dominance running the football in the NFL, LeFevour will still always be considered a running threat whenever he is on the field.