2011 NFL Draft: QB Prospects With Something to Prove
I waited a full week after the 2010 NFL draft to start looking at 2011 prospects. It is very early to start looking at next year's class, but there are some quarterbacks who will need good seasons to improve their stock or keep it where it is. These QBs range from the top quarterback in the draft, to a player who may not even be drafted.
Andy Dalton - TCU
2009 Stats: 2,756 yards 23 TDs 8 INTs
TCU's defense will have to do without Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington next year, which means that it will have to ask more of Andy Dalton. He can increase his draft stock into the second-third round range with a good performance in 2010.
Case Keenum - Houston
2009 Stats: 5671 yards 44 TDs 15 INTs
Keenum would have probably declared for the 2009 draft, but he threw nine interceptions in his last two games and decided to come back for his senior season. His key game this year will be in week three at UCLA. It will be one of the few chances that he will have to prove himself in a big venue against a big name team.
Mitch Mustain - USC
2009 Stats: Did not play
If the former Gatorade, PARADE and USA Today high school player of the year can earn the starting job, he has the chance not only to be drafted, but to be drafted in an early round. New USC coach Lane Kiffin seems open to giving Mustain the chance to at least compete for the job.
Ricky Stanzi - Iowa
2009 Stats: 2,417 yards 17 TDs 15 INTs
Stanzi has good arm strength, size and is coached by Kirk Ferentze, who is well respected in the NFL. The problem is that he makes a lot of poor decisions on the football field. If Stanzi can limit his mistakes, he could drastically increase his draft stock.
Jake Locker - Washington
2009 Stats: 2,800 yards 21 TDs 11 INTs
It may seem odd that a player who is looked upon as the number one or two QB in 2011 has something to prove, but Locker passed on the NFL and will be scrutinized. When a highly touted player returns to school, the scouts begin to breakdown all of their faults. Locker will need a good season to keep Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallet behind him.