2010 NFL Draft: Comparing the QBs to Hall of Famers of Yesteryear
It's that magical time of year again, where NFL teams face off in a game of 'Let's Make A Deal' to get themselves the prospects they have put a target on.
Some players will bust, some will go on to Canton, and some won't get drafted at all.
The quarterback class of 2010 is arguably the most intriguing one in the last 15 years. It holds two Heisman winners, two of the most winning passers in college history, and a boatload of untapped talent.
The ultimate goal of every quarterback is to someday have a bust of their carved in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so which Hall of Famers could you compare this class' passers to?
5. Dan LeFevour vs. Jim Kelly
Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, #13
Jim Kelly , Buffalo Bills, #12
LeFevour and Kelly are both 6'3 and between 225 and 235 pounds. Both averaged in the low 60's for completion percentage, and while Kelly had a stronger arm than LeFevour, both were originally featured in 'run-and-shoot' offenses in college.
Both men are very intelligent and hard working, which will greatly help LeFevour overcome the knocks on him by scouts.
The biggest knock on Kelly was that he was never able to win the big one, LeFevour has at least won a bowl game with Central Michigan, whether he'll ever win a Super Bowl or not, we are years away from knowing about.
Pointless quote: "He is a model of consistency. You know what you're going to get every day." - Former Central Michigan coach Butch Jones
4. Tim Tebow vs. Steve Young
Tim Tebow, Florida, #15
Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers, #8
It's surprising more people haven't made this comparison. Young and Tebow are both fiery competitors. Both men are left-handed, and they both had a low throwing motion that required correcting early on in their careers.
Steve Young was one of the originators of the mobile quarterback, and Tebow has helped raise it to an art form.
Unfortunately with that trait comes players who are now concussion-prone. Concussions eventually forced Young out of the league, while Tebow has already received one of his own.
Steve had to learn to stay in the pocket more, and it's expected Tebow will as well if he wants to have a long career.
Pointless quote: "My sense of Tim Tebow is that if you asked him to play nose (tackle), he'd play nose. I think he's that kind of kid. Whatever you ask him to do, I think he'd do." - Bill Belichick
3. Colt McCoy vs. Terry Bradshaw
Colt McCoy, Texas, #12
Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers, #12
After great Pro Day performances, and increased praise after private workouts, Colt McCoy's stock just continues to rise.
While for modern day purposes, McCoy has drawn Drew Brees comparisons, he also shares a few similarities to Terry Bradshaw.
Terry at 6'3 has about an inch on Colt, but both are about dead-on for weight between 215 and 220 pounds.
McCoy has Bradshaw beat hands down in the accuracy department, but both men's arm strength is relatively similar.
Bradshaw took a few seasons to adjust to the NFL, and it's expected Colt will face the same fate. If Colt has a solid mentor in front of him, he should pick it up quickly, since he is such a hard-working young passer.
Pointless quote: "If you draft Colt McCoy and run the West Coast Offense, you're going to forget about Joe Montana" - Gil Brandt
2. Jimmy Clausen vs. Joe Montana
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, #7
Joe Montana, San Francisco, #16
Any quarterback out of Notre Dame will draw the Joe Montana comparison, since he was the best of all time to come out of South Bend.
Montana himself has stated that he believes Clausen will be a great prospect and will prove a lot of people wrong.
Comparatively though, both are accurate passers of average arm strength. Montana's footwork was one of the best in the game, while Clausen has received his knocks for having 'happy feet' in the pocket.
Joe Montana made his career with a great wide receiver in Jerry Rice, likewise Jimmy has made his with Golden Tate.
Unlike Montana, Clausen won't make players around him better, but with enough talent around him, Clausen could be a quality starter someday.
Pointless quote: "He’s LeBron James. He's Michael Jordan. With a game on the line, he wants to make the difference in the football game." - Ron Jaworski
1. Sam Bradford vs. Troy Aikman
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, #14
Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys, #8
Sam Bradford's Pro Day was heralded by analyst Gil Brandt as the best performance he's seen since Troy Aikman's.
Comparatively, Sam and Troy stack up fairly similar. Both attended Oklahoma, both are 6'4 in stature and between 220 and 230, and both are (presumably) the No. 1 overall picks, but the comparisons don't stop there.
Bradford may have the Heisman trophy on his resume, but Troy has the important trophies, the Vince Lombardi trophy that's given to the Super Bowl champions.
Aikman in fact, has three of them but Sam has the potential to surpass him someday.
Both men students of the game, both incredibly intelligent in their decisions, all the ability to make the necessary throws, and neither man will force the ball when nothing is there.
On the right team, Bradford could be packing his bags to Canton in two decades.
Pointless quote: "I've loved to win since I was little, and that's not going to change." - Sam Bradford