Chase Daniel's "Small" Problem

Juan Carlos ReyesContributor IJanuary 1, 2009

Chase Daniel is one of those elite quarterbacks that make the Big 12 conference a mecca for outstanding quarterbacks.

A Heisman trophy finalist in 2007, Daniel is arguably the best quarterback in Missouri Tiger history. He has helped build this team into become a credible threat in the Big 12.

Although they did have some ups and downs, they still managed to go to their second-straight Big 12 Championship game. Unfortunately, they lost to Oklahoma, again.

Daniel, undoubtedly, has the numbers to have a shot at the NFL. This season, Daniel finished with 4,334 yards passing, completed 69-percent of his passes with 39 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The interceptions are a bit of a downfall but when you see the other numbers, you can let that slide.

Hopefully Daniel decides to give it a try in the NFL in this year's draft. The guy is a thinking-man's quarterback and has what it takes to do some damage.

There's only one small problem: his size.

Sure, there have been plenty of successful smallish quarterbacks that have stood out as elite players in the NFL. Look at Drew Brees.

Listed at 6'0", Brees was just 15 yards shy of breaking Dan Marino's record for passing yardage in a regular season with 5,069 yards.

Brees was the first pick in the second round of the 2001 draft so his size wasn't that big of a factor then.

In that same draft Michael Vick, also listed at 6'0", was No. 1 overall.

But here we are in 2009 and while Brees is still doing his thing, other small quarterbacks have not been given a break.

Look at Troy Smith of the Baltimore Ravens. The 6'0" Heisman Winner of 2006 from Ohio State was drafted in the fourth-round of the NFL Draft. Two years later, the Ravens drafted 6'6" inch Joe Flacco from FCS Delaware as the 18th overall pick. Who gets the love? Flacco.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. You got to have your best player out there if you want to win.

So we look back at Daniel, who is listed between 5'10" and 6'0". Even with those numbers, you have to think to yourself, "Will this guy get any love in the draft?" I really hope he does.

It would be nice to see Daniel, who looks smaller due to his stoutness, get some NFL love.

I really believe that when the draft occurs on Apr. 25-26, that some team (*cough*Dallas Cowboys) give this guy a chance.

It would be a shame to see such great talent go to waste because in the NFL, quarterback size DOES matter.