2010 NFL Draft: Picking a Team for the Top Quarterbacks
With just nine days before the kickoff of the three-day event that is turning into the 2010 NFL Draft , heads are turning in all directions trying to gather all the rumors and information on all the prospects.
There are countless numbers of player profiles, position rankings, and NFL mock drafts . While they all serve a purpose, sometimes we get a bit too watered down.
Here's an interesting take on the first round of the NFL Draft , where we're taking all of the other players out of the equation.
If teams that need or could use a franchise passer were forced to make the decision and grab their future passer, who would they take?
Read on to see how the first round of the Quarterback Draft would unfold.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
It's not really that close of a call between Bradford and Jimmy Clausen anymore, and it's starting to be much the same between Ndamukong Suh and Bradford as well.
Bradford is silky-smooth, accurate, and has a good head on his shoulders. He's exactly what the Rams need.
The Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have franchise passers, so we skip ahead to the Washington Redskins.
2. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
Naturally, the Redskins can and likely will make a move away from Clausen, but this is the quarterback draft, folks.
Yes, Donovan McNabb is their quarterback for 2010, and perhaps beyond, but they still need to address the future, and considering McNabb is still only down for one year as we speak, it's more pressing than you'd think.
With Jason Campbell already seeking a trade, landing Clausen still isn't out of the question in the 2010 NFL Draft. No changes here either, as Clausen is easily the second-highest rated quarterback prospect, and he fits what Mike Shanahan wants to do quite well.
The Kansas City Chiefs have had some minor concerns regarding Matt Cassel, but it won't be enough to make them go after a quarterback in the first round. Besides, with the connection from Notre Dame (and Charlie Weis), Clausen is likely the only passer they'd strongly consider.
3. Seattle Seahawks: Colt McCoy (Texas)
Obviously Seattle has its eyes set on Clausen, but if he didn't drop to them, McCoy has to be a guy they would think about.
His athleticism and mobility would allow their shaky offensive line to come together, and he gives them more instant potential than Tim Tebow.
6. Cleveland Browns: Tim Tebow (Florida)
This is where it gets extremely easy. Mike Holmgren has not been quiet about his disdain (supposedly) for Clausen, while he has been impressed with the attitude and overall skill set of both McCoy and Tebow.
Both are athletic quarterbacks who can make quick, short throws and have elite intermediate accuracy, exactly what the West Coast offense asks for.
Tebow is actually a better long-term prospect, as he can bring an immediate lift to a sulky offense, regardless of whether he's the full-time starter or not.
McCoy is Cleveland's first choice, but make no mistake—if they are looking at Tebow and McCoy is gone, they'll take Tebow.
8. Oakland Raiders: Tony Pike (Cincinnati)
Let's face it: JaMarcus Russell is done in Oakland, and Bruce Gradkowski can't seriously be looked at as a long-term answer.
While Pike is far from Oakland's first choice, it could be hard for them to turn away from a player with excellent height and size, a solid arm, and great accuracy.
He's an efficient and effective passer that gets the ball out well, makes good reads, and routinely makes the right decision.
He may not be a top-three quarterback, but he has the talent and poise to be in that class when it's all said and done.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)
Brown is a much better prospect than he's given credit for, has the right size and build to play at the next level, and has the best timed speed of all the quarterback prospects in this class.
However, quite a few things work against Brown as a possible NFL franchise passer.
He has just one full season as a starter, giving him limited experience, both as a passer in the pocket but also simply as a football player against a high level of competition.
Brown has been highly accurate and effective in his time at West Virginia, while also displaying elite speed and athleticism, so there's no doubt he has a place somewhere at the next level.
Unless the Bills find who they're looking for in a prospect listed above, Brown might actually turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. Chan Gailey loves athletic quarterbacks, and with Brown, he's getting one with good accuracy.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been rumored to be thinking about drafting Tebow, but since he's long gone in this quarterback mock, it becomes pretty clear they wouldn't keep discussing adding a quarterback.
The Denver Broncos might ponder adding a guy like McCoy or Tebow if he fell into their lap, but with Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn on board, they also aren't likely to reach for a quarterback.
In my opinion, the same goes for the San Francisco 49ers ...
I don't personally see it, but experts everywhere keep talking about the 49ers and the possibility of adding a signal caller somewhere. They still have their former first overall pick, Alex Smith, and acquired another former first overall pick, David Carr, to be their top backup.
If you ask me, they have all the mediocrity at the position they need. Besides, with the athletic, potential-ridden Nate Davis sitting behind them, what's the point of adding on?
In fact, we jump all the way to the 30th pick in the first round before we happen upon another team that desperately needs a new quarterback.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State)
That's right: Robinson leapfrogs Dan LeFevour and John Skelton as the next best option at quarterback, as Robinson has a very likable package of athleticism, potential, and proven passing ability.
He had a down year in all respects in 2009, but considering he managed an offense that was absent Brandon Pettigrew and Dez Bryant, I'll give him a mulligan.
31. Indianapolis Colts: John Skelton (Fordham)
I still really like Dan LeFevour, but as we trickle down the line in the first round, I seem to continue to find a guy who is a better fit.
I like Skelton's arm and size a lot more than LeFevour's, although speed and athleticism has LeFevour running away (literally), and it's not even close.
However, just look at what the Colts are used to and gauge how they might draft. They have a tall, strong passer who can see over the line, make all the throws, and has a big arm.
Skelton isn't Peyton Manning and never will be, but he has the right tools needed to sit back and learn behind one of the league's all-time greats.
Odd Men Out: Dan LeFevour, Jevan Snead, Daryll Clark
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