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Another Tar Heel!? This may be the best draft Butch Davis has ever had for the Browns (am I right??)
I know, I know bare with me here. Yates is actually a very good prospect. If Holmgren is serious about taking a developmental quarterback, then Yates really ought to be the choice. He's far from the next Tom Brady, but he has the potential to be a pretty good signal caller in this league, and in the sixth round, Heckert could definitely do worse.
For starters, Yates is just about the right size for an NFL quarterback at 6'4", 221lbs. He has an impeccable sense of how a plays developing and is able to move around the pocket to avoid pressure. His arm strength is about average, and many have questioned his athleticism, and rightfully so. Yates has never been known for his ability to scramble but he's more the able to work with what an NFL defense gives him.
Despite his average arm strength, he throws a very pretty deep ball. He's not Brett Favre but it has just enough accuracy to make it work. Speaking of accuracy, he's been steadily progressing this year in terms of his accuracy. In his senior season, Yates boasted a nearly a 60 percent pass completion rating.
Another area where Yates has been improving steadily is in the decision-making department.
This season, Yates emerged as a leader on a North Carolina team that struggled and was the subject of much controversy. However, because of his lack of elite arm strength, size or athleticism it makes him a developmental quarterback that could be molded into a very solid backup.
Getting a guy like Yates would allow us to finally be rid of Jake Delhomme, should the front office choose not to restructure his contract.
If Shurmur, Whipple, Holmgren and Haskell can't teach Yates to play the game, I'll have lost all faith in him.