B/R NFL 1,000: Top 50 Quarterbacks

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterFebruary 20, 2012

B/R NFL 1,000: Top 50 Quarterbacks

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    Who is the best quarterback in the NFL? How many times have you debated that question? Arguing who is better between Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and even Drew Brees is enough to start a bar fight.

    So who is the best quarterback in the NFL? Where does Cam Newton rate? How about Tim Tebow? What about your team's quarterback?

    To answer these questions, we've determined what makes up a great quarterback and which players best represent those traits. The quest comes as part of the B/R NFL 1,000. The new series offers an in-depth look at every position in the NFL, breaking down players' skills in a way never before seen on the Internet.

    BR 1,000 rankings don't assess who had the best year or even who has the most potential. Rather players—in this case, quarterbacks—are judged on their current skills and mechanics, based on film study of the 2011 NFL preseason and regular season only. 

    After hours spent scouting every starter and every potential starter, the top 50 quarterbacks have been scored in 10 criteria (here's more on the criteria). In the slides that follow, we'll explain each player's strengths and weaknesses as the final ranking is revealed.

50. Curtis Painter, Indianapolis Colts

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    Accuracy Short

    4

    Painter's accuracy regressed dramatically this season—for the season, only 62 percent of his passes to receivers were catchable. His failure to set his feet and step into throws caused issues with passes missing both high and short. He has the talent, but his mechanics ruin his accuracy. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    3

    Is not a mobile quarterback and lacks the agility to throw on the move. Has some start-and-stop skills, but is not a player you want setting up on the go. 

    Accuracy Deep

    4

    Has marginal arm strength but lacks consistency when throwing deep. Too often leads receivers over the wrong shoulder. Lacks the accuracy to drop the deep ball in a bucket where only the receiver can make the catch. 

    Arm Strength

    6

    Painter has the arm strength to make every NFL throw, but lacks consistency. When his accuracy suffers he loses control of his strength, resulting in passes that hit the ground early or sail over the receiver. 

    Clutch

    1

    Painter got worse as the season wore on, showing less composure and less confidence as losses piled up. At this point, he cannot be considered a clutch quarterback. 

    Decision Making

    4

    Early in 2011, Painter was making solid choices, but that didn't last. Locks on to receivers too often, tipping his hand to defenders. Did a nice job reading defenses, but made no attempt to look off defenders. 

    Mechanics

    6

    Has a clean and compact delivery. Footwork needs to be refined, as his steps are inconsistent and throw off the timing of short throws. Could benefit from tighter grip on the ball. His loose grip causes the ball to sail. 

    Mobility

    2

    Not a threat to scramble to pick up yards. Lacks the agility to slide laterally or step up in the pocket. 

    Pocket Presence

    1

    Painter has struggled to hang in the pocket. Also doesn't settle into his drop steps and shows little confidence when setting up to throw. Learning patience—and trust—are key for his development. 

    Health

    9

    Battled through minor injuries but has no major health issues. 

    Overall

    40

    Painter's stock took a big hit in 2011—his third season—as did his skills. He lacks confidence and had to play behind an offensive line that allowed too many hits. As he was hurried by defenders, he lost his fundamentals. 

49. John Beck, Washington Redskins

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Beck has impressive touch and throws a good crossing route when there is no coverage. He lacks the arm strength to thread the ball into tight windows, and will see many passes knocked down or away as the defense has time to react.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    5

    Not the type of player to create opportunities outside the pocket, but can get outside the tackle box and look to make plays downfield. Does a nice job completing comeback and fade routes when on the move. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Lacks the arm strength to consistently place the ball where he wants it to be. Will underthrow receivers, failing to put the needed air under the ball to give the receiver a chance to bring it down. 

    Arm Strength

    5

    Has average arm strength. Beck's short passes are thrown with good velocity when he sets his feet, but deep passes are thrown with a loose spiral and without the needed zip. 

    Clutch

    3

    A smart player who won't take chances against the defense, which can limit his late-game ability. He will too often take the check-down instead of throwing a more difficult—but possible—throw. 

    Decision Making

    Locks onto his primary receiver from the snap and never finds another target. Too many passes are thrown into double coverage or telegraphed into the hands of a charging safety.

    Mechanics

    7

    Has a clean delivery and a quick release. His footwork can be suspect, as he fails to set his feet and will too often throw off-balance without the proper transfer of weight from his back foot to his front. 

    Mobility

    4

    An underrated athlete, but he does not have the quickness or agility to get outside the pocket and make plays. He can get to the edge and grab cheap yards, but is not a runner. 

    Pocket Presence

    4

    Sees the defense well pre-snap, but will fold under pressure. Holds the ball too long and is not athletic enough to make plays when pressured. 

    Health

    8

    Beck missed time to small injuries during the 2011 season.  

    Overall

    50

    Considered a potential starter in Washington, he played himself into and out of the job. The line on Beck is that he is a capable spot starter and a good backup, but limited in terms of throwing ability and decision making. 

48. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Accuracy Short

    5

    Gabbert is accurate on quick slants and option routes when given time. Will get happy feet, which causes passes to come out high.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Athletic enough to get outside the pocket, but runs into trouble trying to throw after he commits to running. At his best throwing while moving at this point.

    Accuracy Deep

    4

    Struggled in his rookie season of 2011 to set his feet and step into throws, causing big problems when throwing deep. Throws to the deep outs and up the seam are being tossed with too much air. Gabbert has to learn to step into his passes.

    Arm Strength

    8

    Has a strong arm that helps him complete passes to all areas of the field. Throws a quick, tight spiral on shorter routes but doesn’t try to laser the ball through his receiver.

    Clutch

    0

    On film, Gabbert looks afraid of being hit. He has yet to settle into the pro game and has a long way to go to establish himself as a leader and clutch player. 

    Decision Making

    1

    Struggled to adjust to the NFL after playing in a Missouri system where all pre-snap checks were made for him. Timing and decision making was a step behind other rookie starters. 

    Mechanics

    9

    His release can be as quick as any quarterback, and is perhaps his best asset. Has a compact, fluid motion.

    Mobility

    7

    Has the maneuverability to not only get around in the pocket, but pull the ball and run. Sometimes, though, he is too quick to bail on a play and try to make something happen with his feet.

    Pocket Presence

    0

    Looks weak at times and does not always step into throws if pressured. Gabbert's biggest obstacle will be learning to stand tall in the pocket and deliver the ball while taking a hit.

    Health

    10

    Injury-free during his rookie season.

    Overall

    51

    Gabbert was projected by many as the best quarterback in the 2011 draft class. To date, his play has been the least impressive. He has all the tools to succeed, but must overcome his fear of the big hit and settle into his position. Factor in potential and Gabbert would be much higher.

47. Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Grossman throws with good touch. He has a very catchable ball, but his passes too often miss the mark as he fails to set his feet. The easy throws become hard catches. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Can do some damage on the move if the offensive line moves with him to re-establish the pocket. Lacks the strength or athleticism to make consistently accurate reads and throws when still moving. 

    Accuracy Deep

    5

    Lacks the arm strength to attack the deepest outs or throw a 25-yard curl on a line. Grossman's deep ball philosophy is to put the ball up in the air and let his receiver come down with it. 

    Arm Strength

    7

    Arm strength is surprising for a player lacking elite quarterback size (he's 6'1", 225). Throws with good command and velocity, getting the ball to all levels without too much air or wobble. 

    Clutch

    2

    Plays worse under pressure—whether it's the pressure of a pass rush or a comeback.  

    Decision Making

    4

    Shows flashes of making excellent reads and getting into a solid rhythm with the ball. The reason for the low score is the number of chances Grossman will take and the resulting turnovers. 

    Mechanics

    7

    Has a solid delivery with good over-the-top mechanics. Grossman's footwork remains inconsistent, and the timing of his three- and five-step drops does not sync with his receivers. 

    Mobility

    4

    Can move to get outside the pocket and find openings, but is below average as an athlete and shouldn't be asked to do more than move the pocket behind the offensive line. 

    Pocket Presence

    4

    Grossman has a poor feel for the rush and will expose himself to sacks by hanging in the pocket too long when the ball should be thrown away. 

    Health

    7

    Has battled injuries throughout his career, missing small amounts of time in 2011 due to injury. 

    Overall

    52

    Grossman is among the worst starting quarterbacks, both in terms of production and ability. He takes too many chances, lacks the decision making of a starter and should be viewed as a backup going forward. 

46. Donovan McNabb

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    When McNabb takes time to set up and step into his throws, his accuracy is top-notch. The problem is, this rarely happens, as he looks uncomfortable in the pocket and hurries his passes.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Can throw well on the move and still has the arm strength—after 13 seasons—to thread the needle when rolling to his right. Does a good job adjusting his body to throw across his frame when running. Keeps his eyes up when on the move.

    Accuracy Deep

    7

    Can be hit or miss here, but often puts the deep ball in the right spot. He is more accurate throwing deep than short because deep passes require him to set up his feet and use his lower body to power the throw. 

    Arm Strength

    6

    Will short-arm some passes and has started to throw too many passes that end up in the dirt. McNabb's arm strength has declined dramatically over the last year. 

    Clutch

    4

    Too many interceptions and missed reads.

    Decision Making

    3

    Fails to check down and will lock onto his primary target and then never move his eyes again. Blame this on the overconfidence of a quarterback who's been in the league for 13 seasons. 

    Mechanics

    1

    McNabb throws off his back foot when off-balance and with no regard for follow through. While his throwing motion is solid, his footwork is well below expectations and indicates a lazy approach to the game. 

    Mobility

    6

    Is no longer a threat to run, but has the mobility to slide around in the pocket and position himself to find passing windows. Has good overall agility and can still pick up cheap yards on the run. 

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Relies too often on his scrambling ability and will put himself in line for big hits. The biggest issue is a tendency to fade away from the line of scrimmage and throw off his back foot. 

    Health

    9

    Was healthy during limited reps in 2011.

    Overall

    54

    No longer an elite quarterback, McNabb found himself unwanted by NFL teams once released by the Minnesota Vikings. His reputation of being stubborn and unwilling to improve his mechanics or conditioning will keep him from landing a job. 

45. Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins

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    Accuracy Short

    8

    Henne has the ability to throw with good touch and timing. Does an excellent job leading receivers across the field. This is an area where he was showing major improvement before injury.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Will struggle to throw deep on the move with accuracy, but can get outside the pocket and set up quickly to throw downfield. Has the strength to flip the ball to short and intermediate routes while moving. 

    Accuracy Deep

    7

    Strong enough to attack the secondary, but often fails to get the ball where his receiver has the best chance to catch it. Too many passes come up short or off to the side. 

    Arm Strength

    8

    Henne can make every throw a team could want. His short passes have good velocity and spin. 

    Clutch

    3

    Has struggled from a lack of talent around him at times. Has a cool, calm demeanor and the moxie to be a leader, but his late-game play has not been inspirational. 

    Decision Making

    5.5

    Too often I see him finding his primary target and then failing to look off defenders or check his secondary target. For Henne to be a starter again, his decision making must improve. 

    Mechanics

    7

    Has a crisp and fast delivery with no wasted motion or time. His upper-body mechanics are flawless. Would like to see more consistency in his depth on drop steps, and also in his balance when throwing.

    Mobility

    3

    Not a mobile quarterback. He does have some ability to slide and drop off the ball, but is not a player teams want moving around behind the line of scrimmage. 

    Pocket Presence

    7

    Throws well under pressure and has the size and strength to absorb hits. Is not afraid to stay in the pocket and deliver the ball. Henne has a good feel for the pass rush and throws with confidence, not worrying about the rush. 

    Health

    0

    Season-ending shoulder surgery in early October. 

    Overall

    54.5

    After four seasons, Henne has not developed into the franchise quarterback the Dolphins hoped he would be, but he is a player worth signing and developing under a different system. He will be an attractive option on the free-agent market as a QB2 or developmental player. 

44. Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos

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    Accuracy Short

    5

    Tebow struggles to throw with the zip or control needed to lead receivers on short routes. He improved significantly in the 2011 season, but his passes are still too high and too wide. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Throws very well on the move and is more accurate when asked to throw on the run. His biggest issue here is that passes thrown across his body lack the zip needed to connect on time, causing his receivers to adjust their routes and make impressive catches. 

    Accuracy Deep

    5

    Can put the ball in a spot where the receiver can run under it. Deep accuracy grade would be much better if not for the high number of passes he throws too high or too wide. 

    Arm Strength

    6

    While he can throw the deep ball well, his short passes come out with the same velocity as the long balls do. This is a problem. NFL defenders are quick to jump routes when the ball is delivered without velocity. 

    Clutch

    10

    Plays his best when the game is on the line. Denver's offense limited what he was asked to do early in games, but it put the ball in his hands often in the fourth quarter, resulting in wins. 

    Decision Making

    1

    Does not show the ability to read an NFL defense or man coverage. Denver asks him to throw crossing routes and pick out the receiver who comes clean of the coverage. He's making one read and throwing. 

    Mechanics

    0

    Looking at Tebow's arm and legs during his drop step and the actual throwing process, there is nothing to like. His delivery is the slowest in the NFL, with an elongated motion and the ball far away from his body.  

    Mobility

    10

    A dangerous runner because of his size, speed and vision. Very tough to bring down and does not shy away from contact. 

    Pocket Presence

    1

    For being such a great runner, Tebow makes mistakes in the pocket. He will try to extend the play by fading away from the line of scrimmage, will spin and turn his back to the defense, and is among the most sacked and hit quarterbacks in the league. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues. 

    Overall

    55

    A polarizing and popular figure, Tebow wins football games, but he does so without the true traits of a quarterback. Since this analysis breaks down his play as a quarterback, his score comes up short of other passers. His lack of accuracy, the lack of zip on his passes and his poor mechanics all keep him from ranking with the other starting quarterbacks in the game. 

43. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Kaepernick shows good touch on underneath passes and is a good fit in a West Coast offense that doesn't ask him to push the ball up-field. Has great zip on short routes.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Moves well and has the arm strength to deliver the ball on time and to his target. If his mechanics are cleaned up, will show immediate improvement.

    Accuracy Deep

    5

    His accuracy is not good, but it’s workable. He is still learning to read a defense from under center.

    Arm Strength

    7

    A former baseball player with a 90-plus mph fastball, so the arm strength is there. He has excellent zip on all his passes to every level of the field.  

    Clutch

    1

    With only limited time in the regular and preseason, Kaepernick has yet to be tested in this area. 

    Decision Making

    5

    Looked strong in preseason play and in spot duty as a rookie. Can get in trouble in the middle of the field, where he doesn’t always find the safety or look him off.  

    Mechanics

    3

    Kaepernick's mechanics need a ton of work. Must learn to step into his throws and not just sling the ball from his shoulder.

    Mobility

    8

    A tremendous athlete. Has a very tall, thin frame (6'4", 230) and will be exposed to injury if he takes too many hits—more of a likelihood because he's so mobile.

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Has a great feel for the pocket and the athletic ability to escape the rush. Must learn when to run and when to stand in the pocket and wait for his receiver to break open. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues.

    Overall

    56

    A promising quarterback who is viewed as a developmental prospect because of his mechanics and his lack of experience in a pro-style offense. 

42. Kyle Boller, Oakland Raiders

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    Accuracy Short

    4

    Throws the ball with too much force at times, bouncing it off the hands and chests of intermediate route-runners.  

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Boller has the arm to move outside the pocket and throw on the run. He has a quick release and is most accurate when sliding to his right. 

    Accuracy Deep

    5.5

    Has the arm to put the ball up and let his receiver run under it, but has poor control of the ball when throwing deep and too often overthrows the receiver or puts the ball out of bounds. 

    Arm Strength

    10

    One of the strongest arms in the NFL. He's able to easily throw to every level with elite velocity and spin on the ball. 

    Clutch

    4

    Has never played well down the stretch and will force throws when pressured. 

    Decision Making

    4

    Will lock on to primary targets and put too much faith in his arm strength, forcing the ball into coverage. This results in unnecessary incompletions and interceptions. 

    Mechanics

    7

    Has a quick delivery and solid footwork in the pocket. Gets in and out of his drop fast and can set up on the hurry. Boller's flaw is he will drop the ball down too far when moving around in the pocket, making it easier for defenders to swipe at the ball and harder for him to throw in a hurry. 

    Mobility

    4

    Is not a runner, but can slide left to right in the pocket to look for passing windows. Is more likely to rifle the ball into coverage than to look for easy run yards when all receivers are covered. 

    Pocket Presence

    4

    Hangs in the pocket far too long waiting for plays to develop. Boller's game would be improved greatly if he would learn to throw the ball away, or tuck and run for a small gain when the pocket collapses. 

    Health

    10

    Has no injury issues. 

    Overall

    58.5

    After eight seasons, Boller is a solid and safe backup. His days as a starter or potential starter are gone, with NFL teams learning he struggles to read a defense and relies on a strong arm to get out of tricky situations.

41. Matt Leinart, Houston Texans

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    Accuracy Short

    7

    Leinart can be very accurate when given time to set up and step into his throws. When he's pressured, his accuracy falls apart. Struggles to locate receivers and throw with consistency when hands are in his face. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Not athletic enough to be productive in a moving pocket. Not only is he not mobile enough, but he lacks the strength to throw on the move.

    Accuracy Deep

    7

    Has the arm strength to push the ball vertically. Throws with good arc and correct shoulder placement. When given time, Leinart throws as well as anyone. It's the considerable drop-off once he's pressured that causes problems.

    Arm Strength

    7

    Can spread the ball to different levels of the field. Has the zip and velocity to throw through tight windows. 

    Clutch

    1

    Has experience and won't be flustered by different defenses, but has not been a leader in the NFL. Leinart will take chances downfield, which results in turnovers just as often as brilliant plays. 

    Decision Making

    4

    Biggest weakness is his inability to read a defense and get through his progressions. The mental aspect of his game has never caught up to his passing ability.

    Mechanics

    9.5

    His being left-handed is considered a drawback by critics, but he throws with a compact delivery and has good follow-through in his lower-half and throwing arm. Very clean fundamentally. 

    Mobility

    5

    Not a player you want moving outside the pocket. Leinart can step up to re-establish the pocket, but that's about it. 

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Smart about getting rid of the football when pressured, but lacks a full complement of skills here. Too often he misses easy chances to step up or move outside the pocket to make throws. And he does a poor job of feeling the rush. 

    Health

    8

    Leinart broke his collarbone in his first regular-season action of 2011 and missed the rest of the season. 

    Overall

    59.5

    A good backup quarterback at this point in his career, Leinart seems to have settled into the role. He passed up potential starting competitions to stay in Houston behind an established veteran in Matt Schaub. Teams looking for a veteran quarterback to hold the reins for a rookie could see Leinart, going into his seventh season in 2012, as a spot starter. 

40. Ryan Mallett, New England Patriots

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Few shortcomings here, thanks to strong mechanics. Mallett occasionally misses a receiver across the middle by throwing too high. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Despite not being a fast quarterback, he can assert himself while on the move. Has exceptional arm strength that allows him to power the ball and lean into passes. Too often his passes are overthrown as if he loses control of his strength.

    Accuracy Deep

    8

    Using his exceptional arm strength, he can place the ball into tight windows that not all NFL quarterbacks can find. Usually puts the ball where only the receiver can catch it. 

    Arm Strength

    10

    Whether it’s for a deep pass down the sideline or a rope 20 yards down the field, he has the arm to put the ball anywhere it needs to go.

    Clutch

    2.5

    Has not been tested at the NFL level, but has the confidence and calmness to be a very good late-game quarterback.

    Decision Making

    5

    A very confident passer who demonstrated great awareness as a rookie in 2011 preseason games. Too often decides his strength will allow him to connect on a pass, when really the chance of success is remote. When he has time to throw, he reads the defense and does a good job of checking down to his second and third options.  

    Mechanics

    8

    Has a very natural, over-the-top release that—matched with his 6'6" frame—allows him to deliver the ball cleanly and effectively. Stands tall and uses a quick, fluid motion. When he runs play-action, he does an outstanding job of selling the run and hiding the ball from the defense.

    Mobility

    0

    At 238 pounds, Mallett is a pure pocket passer. He doesn’t have the speed, athleticism or quickness to be a scrambling threat. Shows good movement in the pocket, but defenders shouldn’t be concerned with him picking up first downs with his feet on a consistent basis. 

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Had above average pocket presence and awareness for a rookie. He doesn’t get flustered by the pressure and can step into hits in order to make a good pass. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues. 

    Overall

    60.5

    Mallett was a third-round pick out of Arkansas with the arm and production of a top draft pick. Character issues hurt his stock, but he's been a model citizen in New England and is a potential starting quarterback.

39. Jimmy Clausen, Carolina Panthers

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    Accuracy Short

    6.5

    Throws with good touch and timing on crossing and intermediate routes. During the 2011 preseason, Clausen settled down and showed the arm to be an NFL quarterback. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    5.5

    Doesn't do as well on the move, but is able to move side-to-side and throw. His strong arm and flexibility make him a threat. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6.5

    Has the ability to hit on deep passes, putting the ball up and letting his receiver go get it.  

    Arm Strength

    6.5

    Has NFL-level arm strength. Throws with good zip and velocity in getting the ball to every level.

    Clutch

    3.5

    Was not ready for the NFL in his rookie season and wasn't asked to handle quarterbacking duties in his second season, 2011. No evidence yet that he can be a clutch quarterback, but reasonable to think he'll be adequate. 

    Decision Making

    5.5

    The speed of the NFL game—both mentally and physically—is the biggest problem for Clausen. He locks on to primary receivers and never looks off safeties, resulting in interceptions or big hits.  

    Mechanics

    7.5

    Clausen is technically and fundamentally sound. His short, compact release gets the ball out in a hurry. Throwing motion fluid and releases the ball high, preventing batted balls. Solid dropbacks. 

    Mobility

    4.5

    Is not a speedy player and struggles to get to the corner when he does scramble. Should be used in a system that lets him throw from the pocket. 

    Pocket Presence

    4.5

    Looks scared and erratic in the pocket. Does a poor job feeling the rush and comes apart when pressured. Needs to learn to stand in tall and absorb hits without losing his footing in the process.

    Health

    10

    Has no injury issues.

    Overall

    60.5

    Clausen might forever be judged for his bad play on a terrible Panthers team in 2010. He is one of the more talented young quarterbacks in the NFL and deserves a second chance to develop and start, but that chance may never come. Could be looking at a Brady Quinn-like career. 

38. Charlie Whitehurst, Seattle Seahawks

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    Accuracy Short

    7

    Whitehurst is effective throwing over the middle and on intermediate routes. Among his best traits, he can get into a rhythm early and stay hot on the short game.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    5

    Has the strength to throw on the move, but struggles to connect when throwing across his body. Those passes tend to float and are easily defended.  

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Has a good feel for the long ball, puts zip on it and gives the receiver a good lead. But has limits on distance.

    Arm Strength

    7

    Has decent quickness in his release and adequate arm strength to make all of the throws. Spirals can get loose on attempts over 25 yards.

    Clutch

    4

    Evidence from scouting Whitehurst's preseason and early season games showed him getting worse the more reps he was given. This could be from a lack of practice time, but Whitehurst's production declined as the games wore on.

    Decision Making

    4

    Makes bad choices with the ball. Will watch his primary target too long and doesn't try to look off defenders. Forces passes into coverage.

    Mechanics

    8

    Is a clean, classic passer with good mechanics and fundamentals.  

    Mobility

    6

    Whitehurst steps up under pressure and isn't afraid to take a hit. Is not the type who will run at the first sign of pressure, but has some mobility and can get outside the pocket. 

    Pocket Presence

    4

    Gets overconfident and will fade back and throw off his back foot or slide outside the pocket before he should.  

    Health

    10

    Has no injury issues. 

    Overall

    61

    If you watch Whitehurst throw the football in shorts and a helmet, he's impressive. The major downfalls to his game come during live action. From a purely mechanical standpoint, he would be a very good quarterback due to his accuracy, strength and mobility. Trouble is, when the defenses start hitting for real, his game fades. 

37. John Skelton, Arizona Cardinals

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Skelton is a good touch thrower whose passes to the outside come in too low. He must start stepping into "easy" throws to make sure they are completed with the same accuracy as more difficult passes. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Can move around in the pocket and is effective throwing on the move. His strong arm and quick release allow him to connect when being pushed to the boundary. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Has the arm strength to throw deep, but is inconsistent in terms of arc and ball placement. More time and reps with his receivers would help. 

    Arm Strength

    9

    Skelton throws with impressive zip. With quick-strike throws he can push the ball up-field, as well as throw on a line to the edge. Combines excellent touch with his exceptional arm strength.

    Clutch

    4.5

    Demonstrates some toughness in the pocket and the willingness to stand in and deliver the ball. Makes too many mistakes at this point to be considered a clutch player with the game on the line.

    Decision Making

    5

    Still learning to read a defense. Survives more on instinct and relying on receiver Larry Fitzgerald

    Mechanics

    5.5

    Has a clean drop step with good balance, and he holds the ball chest-high when in the pocket. His delivery can be inconsistent—too often he kicks his elbow out and moves to an almost side-arm delivery. When Skelton stands tall, his over-the-top motion is good.

    Mobility

    4

    Merely average, but can escape and throw on the move. He's a big quarterback (6'6", 220) who can be hard to bring down, and his height is a major help to him when rolling out, as it allows him to see downfield to make throws. 

    Pocket Presence

    5.5

    Establishes a presence in the pocket and is not afraid to hang in and take a hit. Holds the ball far too long, and will fade away from the line of scrimmage and throw off his back foot. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues. 

    Overall

    61.5

    Brings good developmental qualities to the position. He has been forced into action during both of his first two seasons, and played well. A team willing to grab a work in progress and let him battle a veteran for a starting job would look at Skelton.

36. Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders

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    Accuracy Short

    7.5

    Campbell has the experience, patience and fundamentals to be a very good short-area thrower. Delivers the ball with good touch and places it in an area where the receiver can make plays after the catch. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Fairly mobile, but not a great overall athlete who can throw on the move. Is better outside the pocket when he's able to re-establish his balance and set up to throw. 

    Accuracy Deep

    8

    Throws a very good deep ball. Passes with authority to each sideline and can put the needed arc on the ball for a receiver to run under it. 

    Arm Strength

    6

    Lacks elite arm strength, but makes up for it with sound mechanics and good touch. Campbell does not always throw with enough zip, which discounts his arm strength considerably. 

    Clutch

    5

    Has not been a great player down the stretch or when pressured. His experience helps limit mistakes, but he doesn't inspire the troops or take the chances needed to rally the team. 

    Decision Making

    6.5

    The consummate game manager. He doesn't take risks and is comfortable taking check downs when they are available. Looks afraid to challenge coverages and is hesitant to attack. 

    Mechanics

    8

    Has a classic over-the-top delivery with a smooth, crisp motion. Footwork is generally very sound, but he will get hurried and can shorten his drop steps, throwing off timing routes. Would like to see him balance his weight better on throws. 

    Mobility

    5.5

    Has enough mobility to pick up yards if there are big running lanes, but he is not a scrambler whom defenses will key on in game plans. 

    Pocket Presence

    6.5

    Campbell has shown he can step up in the pocket to deliver the ball, but he doesn't always pick the right time to throw the ball away or tuck it in and run. Takes too long to read the defense at times, causing greater stress on the offensive line.

    Health

    3

    Broke his collarbone and missed the last six weeks of the 2011 season. 

    Overall

    62

    Doesn't have the look of a long-term starter, but has the skill set of a very good backup quarterback and someone who can fill in the gap before a young quarterback is ready.  

35. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals

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    Accuracy Short

    7

    Has improved his touch, especially on shorter routes. Puts too much faith in his arm at times and will throw with too much velocity, or overthrow crossing routes.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6.5

    Has the arm strength to throw on the move, and shows good accuracy here when working to his side of the field. He's inconsistent when he has to re-establish his footwork before throwing deep. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Can put too much air on sideline throws and will miss high on receivers breaking away from the middle of the field. Too often overthrows on deep routes, but has improved. Given time, he could be much better here.

    Arm Strength

    7

    Has the big arm we look for in NFL quarterbacks. Kolb has the ability to hit receivers on the run and can attack all levels of the field.  

    Clutch

    5

    Limited experience and a lack of talent around him definitely hurt this area. Kolb, through five seasons, is still a raw quarterback learning the position and gaining confidence. 

    Decision Making

    3.5

    Will jump on a primary target and ride that receiver through his route. Doesn't attempt to look off the safety or get to secondary target. Makes too many mental errors: gun-slinger type throws, clock mismanagement and generally sloppy passing. 

    Mechanics

    8

    Has a quick dropback and looks smooth in his steps. Didn't look great under center in Arizona, but could be due to unfamiliarity with the center after the lockout ended. Kolb has a very quick, very compact release.  

    Mobility

    8.5

    Does really well out of the pocket. Kolb is quick and can get away from pass rushers to make throws or pick up yardage. Can be a threat as a runner and scrambler, both designed and not. 

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Will hurry through his reads—when he makes them—and is still too quick to leave the pocket and look for running room. Kolb has to learn to hang in the pocket and give his receivers a chance to get open. 

    Health

    7

    Injury issues cost Kolb time in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

    Overall

    63.5

    A talented quarterback with the skill set to do very well in the vertical passing game the Cardinals employed in 2011. Kolb is a work in progress—even after five seasons—who must be more consistent in his footwork and commit to learning the offense and improving his decision making. 

34. Stephen McGee, Dallas Cowboys

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    Accuracy Short

    8

    An area of great improvement over the course of McGee's career. He was much better in his third preseason than at Texas A&M, delivering strikes with zip. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7.5

    Is a strong, mobile quarterback who can get outside the pocket and make plays. Has the agility to throw on the run and the arm strength to push the ball to the target. 

    Accuracy Deep

    5

    Powerful enough to go deep, but lacks the mechanics to complete high-percentage throws down the field. 

    Arm Strength

    7.5

    McGee shows good zip but has to learn to ease up on some of his throws. He steps into his deep throws well, but with that windmill motion the ball comes out late.

    Clutch

    4

    Has little game experience in the NFL. Promising because he played very well in the preseason, but lacks game reps. 

    Decision Making

    5.5

    McGee needs to improve his patience in making adjustments. He shows good field vision but needs more experience picking up changes in the defense and making pre-snap reads.

    Mechanics

    5

    Can get caught carrying the ball a little too high and his windmill-style delivery sometimes takes velocity off his passes. Has a habit of kicking his elbow out, which causes accuracy problems when throwing deep.

    Mobility

    7.5

    McGee has good mobility for the position and is more quick than fast. Has shown good balance and footwork. Is able to slide out of the pocket and can pick up yards as a designed runner. 

    Pocket Presence

    4

    Has the ability to step up and avoid the pass rush, but he's inexperienced in this area and will take too many hits. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues. 

    Overall

    64

    McGee is an intriguing young prospect. He has the tools and skills to develop into a starter, especially if his mechanics continue to improve.

33. Brian Hoyer, New England Patriots

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    Accuracy Short

    8

    Very good intermediate accuracy. Hoyer throws the ball with authority, and puts it in a catchable location. Is patient, setting his feet and following through on short throws. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    A good athlete, Hoyer can make plays outside the pocket. He's done well moving right, where he doesn't have to re-establish himself on the move. 

    Accuracy Deep

    7

    Has enough arm strength to attack vertically, and has good touch on deep passes. Has been impressive in limited action and opportunities. 

    Arm Strength

    8

    Has a strong arm that has improved since I last scouted Hoyer, before the 2009 draft. He's throwing with good pop on the ball and has the strength to reach every level. 

    Clutch

    1

    Has very little regular-season experience and has not been tested late in games or when the pressure is on.  

    Decision Making

    4

    Has done a nice job reading base defenses in preseason action. 

    Mechanics

    8

    Has a clean, compact delivery with no wasted motion. Has a quick release that needs no special attention.  

    Mobility

    6

    Is quick enough to pick up easy yards and get away from pass rushers. Is not a great threat to run, but does enough to survive. Is slightly above average in this area. 

    Pocket Presence

    6

    Can step up in the pocket to avoid the pass rush and does a great job keeping his eyes up. Will improve with experience. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues. 

    Overall

    64

    As the backup to Tom Brady, Hoyer will receive plenty of attention once he hits the open market in free agency. He has shown in limited regular-season action and preseason play that the talent of a starter is there. If I had to start a team with a backup quarterback, he would be my guy.

32. Vince Young, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Accuracy Short

    5

    Is a rhythm passer who will go through streaks of hot and cold. When he gets comfortable, Young can be very accurate on short and intermediate routes. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Young is strong enough and athletic enough to throw on the move without having to set up and reload. His elongated delivery hurts his velocity, but he has the strength to push off his back or front foot and deliver the ball. 

    Accuracy Deep

    5

    Too often lets fly without proper control. Doesn't fully understand the consistency required to maintain accuracy on deep balls. 

    Arm Strength

    7

    Has the arm strength to air the ball out but often doesn't put much zip on the ball, making his passes very catchable, by one team or the other. 

    Clutch

    8

    Plays well when things break down and has earned the labels of a winner and clutch quarterback. 

    Decision Making

    5

    Young is more athlete than quarterback and is still learning how to read an NFL defense. Time spent under Andy Reid should help. 

    Mechanics

    2

    His awkward, side-arm delivery equals inconsistency. He has a slow motion that allows defenders to jump routes. Too often throws off balance. 

    Mobility

    10

    A big, strong runner with the speed to get away from defenders. Young will look to pick up easy yards, but can also be used on designed runs.  

    Pocket Presence

    6

    At 6'5", 232 lbs., Young is a load to bring down and will bounce off tacklers. Can show good patience in the pocket and isn't afraid of contact. Gets in habits of holding the ball too long, or over-extending the play, which results in sacks. 

    Health

    10

    Has no injury issues. 

    Overall

    65

    Drafted third overall in 2006, Young has been a winner as a starter, but his 2011 action showed more of the same—a talented athlete who makes too many bad decisions with the football. 

31. Kyle Orton, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Accuracy Short

    7.5

    When given time to set up, Orton has good command of the ball and is able to drop passes in tight windows. His decision making can be inconsistent in this area, which affects accuracy. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6.5

    Is not a great athlete, but does a good job moving and then setting up to make the throw. Isn't athletic enough to throw while on the run with high accuracy. 

    Accuracy Deep

    7.5

    An underrated downfield thrower, Orton routinely connects deep and places his passes well to either shoulder up the seam. 

    Arm Strength

    6.5

    Has an average NFL arm. Deep passes will lose their spiral, but underneath routes are thrown with ideal zip and rotation. 

    Clutch

    5.5

    Played poorly under pressure during the 2011 season. Orton struggled to hang in the pocket and deliver accurately, resulting in too many turnovers. 

    Decision Making

    7.5

    Does a good job making reads and getting the ball out in space. His interception numbers were inflated by drops and tipped passes too often in Denver. 

    Mechanics

    7.5

    Has a good, clean delivery. His footwork in the pocket could use work, as he'll throw off-balance and can get in a habit of short-arming his delivery when pressured. 

    Mobility

    4

    Not a threat to run outside the pocket, but has enough agility to pick up easy yards when rushing lanes appear. 

    Pocket Presence

    5.5

    Does have the ability to step up and slide in the pocket, but is guilty of holding the ball too long while looking for chances down the field. 

    Health

    7

    Healthy in Denver, Orton was immediately injured after being signed by the Kansas City Chiefs

    Overall

    65

    May not see another starting opportunity in the NFL after his 2011 season. Worst case scenario: he is a quality No. 2 quarterback or spot starter in a city with a rookie quarterback. 

30. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Accuracy Short

    8.5

    When Cassel takes time to set up, his accuracy on underneath and intermediate routes is very good. Throws with good touch and hits receivers, moving or stationary. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Has some athletic ability and can get outside the pocket to make plays. Doesn't have great arm strength, so there's not much zip on the ball when thrown on the run, but he can hit targets when moving left or right. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Deep accuracy hurt by lack of elite arm. Cassel too often floats the ball and consistently leads the receiver over the wrong shoulder. 

    Arm Strength

    6.5

    Has an average NFL arm. Can push the ball up-field, but doesn't do so with great accuracy. Doesn't always throw with ideal velocity on underneath routes. 

    Clutch

    5.5

    Can be hot or cold. Cassel is an extension of the talent around him and is not a late-game quarterback who will make game-changing throws or decisions. 

    Decision Making

    5.5

    Is still an inexperienced quarterback and makes questionable decisions. Too often throws into double or triple coverage. Struggles to recognize soft spots in zones. Does not always sync with receivers on route changes. 

    Mechanics

    9

    Cassel throws with a classic motion and has a clean delivery. Can be skittish in the pocket, but generally does a nice job setting up and showing proper balance and weight distribution throughout his drop steps and throw. 

    Mobility

    7.5

    An above-average athlete, Cassel does a good job extending the play by getting out of the pocket. Has the quickness to pick up available yards and can be a threat on the move. 

    Pocket Presence

    6.5

    Is quick and light on his feet, making him harder to bring down, but holds the ball too long in the pocket and struggles to feel the rush around him. 

    Health

    5.5 

    Missed the second half of the 2011 season due to injury.

    Overall

    66.5 

    A solid quarterback who is still learning the position after seven seasons, Cassel has the tools to be a successful starter in the NFL once the talent and system around him improves. Looking at 2010 film, he was a better player than his 2011 film with key players missing from the lineup. 

29. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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    Accuracy Short

    7

    Efficient on intermediate and underneath routes, Sanchez throws with good touch when putting the ball between the numbers. Can fall into stretches of throwing too low when his footwork breaks down. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Is at his best when on the move. Throws with authority when rolling out and does a great job keeping his eyes up to see the defense. Excels here because rolling out cuts the field in half, asking him to make fewer reads. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Not outstanding, but able to throw with the arc needed to let his receivers run under the ball.  

    Arm Strength

    6

    Puts some zip on the ball but doesn't have the strength to reach the deepest routes. 

    Clutch

    3

    Can be hot and cold during late games and when under pressure. Can rise to the moment and play great, but will also throw too many fourth-quarter interceptions. 

    Decision Making

    4

    Struggles to read the entire field. Sanchez is smart, but his decision making is far below average. 

    Mechanics

    10

    Very good body control when taking the snap, dropping back and setting up to throw the ball. Very good balance and footwork. Plus a clean delivery with a classic release. 

    Mobility

    6.5

    Has good athletic ability and quickness for the position. He is able to slide out of the pocket and can be very dangerous throwing on the run. 

    Pocket Presence

    7.5

    Does a good job moving around in the pocket to create time and find passing windows. Is responsible for very few of the sacks the Jets allow. 

    Health

    10

    Has no injury issues. 

    Overall

    67

    Sanchez is a classic second- or third-tier quarterback who will always be as good as the talent around him. He may occasionally lead his team with late-game heroics, but he is not the type of quarterback to make those around him play better. 

28. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Has improved markedly on underneath routes but still tends to strong-arm the ball on short throws. His accuracy is based more on arm strength than rhythm and touch. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Has the strength to fire the football on the run. Strong delivery allows him to put more on the ball than most passers. 

    Accuracy Deep

    5.5

    Has the arm to deliver the ball without issues, but is still improving as a passer and is not ready to hit on deep targets consistently. 

    Arm Strength

    8

    Has the arm to make every throw with a tight spiral. Passes with authority.

    Clutch

    6

    Played very well in relief of Matt Hasselbeck, stepping up when Hasselbeck went down to injury. He led the Titans' offense to remarkable results. 

    Decision Making

    5

    So far, so good. A quarterback who ran a lot in college, he was patient and let the play develop before deciding to run in his first pro season.  

    Mechanics

    7

    Tends to hold the ball low on his chest as he drops back. You’d like to see him hold it a little higher, but his next move is lightning quick. He cranks the ball back in an instant and fires it right over his ear. He doesn’t windup at any point and doesn’t waste motion. 

    Mobility

    10

    Among the more mobile quarterbacks. His feet are quick and he’s agile enough to elude defenders. Is fast enough to make plays in space and can be very dangerous as a runner.

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Has a tendency to move around a lot in the pocket, which can be problematic for offensive linemen. Improved here from the preseason through the end of the regular season in 2011. 

    Health

    10

    Battled through injuries when he was on the field. Locker's toughness was proven time and time again.

    Overall

    68.5

    Locker quickly proved doubters wrong this season, showing poise and production when filling in for Hasselbeck as the Tennessee quarterback. He has a very bright future. 

27. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Accuracy Short

    6

    Freeman is a rhythm passer, meaning he gets into streaks of hot and cold. When he's locked on, he looks great. In 2011, he wasn't locked on very often. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6.5

    Does a good job moving to get outside the pocket, but lets the ball fly too high when trying to throw on the move. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    His long passes would benefit greatly if he put more air under the ball. Is prone to leading receivers out of bounds on deep throws. 

    Arm Strength

    7

    Has the arm strength to attack deep routes, but his velocity dropped off in 2011. Throws balls that take far too long to get to the target. 

    Clutch

    7

    Prior to this season, Freeman was well-known as a great fourth-quarter player. He dropped off considerably in a disappointing 2011. 

    Decision Making

    5

    Started forcing too many throws as he seemed to become frustrated. Far too many turnovers.

    Mechanics

    7

    Footwork too often breaks down, which leads to incompletions and interceptions. He is forgetting to step into his throws and isn't always squaring his shoulders.

    Mobility

    7

    Is a well-built quarterback (6'6", 248) with the size and agility to be a threat on the move. Can get outside the pocket and pick up tough yards. Doesn't shy away from contact. 

    Pocket Presence

    7

    Not afraid to step up in the pocket or throw the ball away. Has a good feel for the rush and makes quick decisions. 

    Health

    10

    No injury issues in 2011. 

    Overall

    68.5

    Considered a bright star at the position before his third season, Freeman clearly regressed in 2011. His mechanics look worse than they did in his rookie season. A strong offseason could put him on the rebound in 2012. 

26. Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks

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    Accuracy Short

    7

    When Jackson takes time to set up, his accuracy underneath is workable. Has good vision and is able to lead the receiver up-field with timely throws. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Is a very mobile quarterback who works well going to his left and right. Is strong enough to make throws across his body. Quick start-and-stop. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6.5

    Doesn't have a cannon for an arm, but is strong enough to push the ball upfield with some consistency. Struggles from poor footwork. 

    Arm Strength

    7

    Has a strong enough arm to make every NFL throw. Can struggle to hit deep outs. Better throwing straight up the seam. 

    Clutch

    5.5

    Improved over the course of the 2011 season, but will too often break down fundamentally under pressure. 

    Decision Making

    5.5

    Has advanced in this department. Is seeing the field and getting to his second and third reads. 

    Mechanics

    6

    His footwork can be sloppy and inconsistent. Too often relies on athleticism, and will throw off back foot and off-balance. 

    Mobility

    8

    A very agile quarterback who excels when challenged to make moves outside the pocket. Field vision is not elite. 

    Pocket Presence

    6.5

    Hangs in the pocket too long, incurring many self-induced sacks. 

    Health

    10

    Jackson has no injury issues. 

    Overall

    69

    A onetime punchline as a quarterback, Jackson's development has been impressive. He may never be a longtime starter, but he will always have a job as a quality backup. 

25. Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

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    Accuracy Short

    8

    Ponder has very good zip on underneath routes. Is able to put the ball in catchable spots and lead the receiver into the route.  

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7

    Has very good balance and body control on the move. He's able to quickly set up outside the pocket and has the athleticism to throw with good placement when on the move. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6

    Is impressive throwing deep outs, but will put too much air under go routes and can struggle to lead receivers up-field. 

    Arm Strength

    7

    Has above-average arm strength and can make every NFL throw, even though deep routes up the seam will flutter at times. Doesn't always throw a consistent spiral. 

    Clutch

    6

    A calm, cool player who quickly took control of the Vikings' offense as a rookie in 2011. Ponder has room to grow in this regard. 

    Decision Making

    5

    Is a very smart person who will quickly pick up the intricacies of the position, but Ponder still needs seasoning.  

    Mechanics

    10

    A very clean delivery with the prototypical, compact motion.  

    Mobility

    6

    An above-average runner with the vision to make plays outside the pocket or on the ground. Excellent at escaping the pocket. 

    Pocket Presence

    5

    Has the lateral agility and quickness to get out of the pocket when needed. Will hold the ball too long, but that's the case for most young quarterbacks. 

    Health

    9

    Banged up at times during the season, Ponder battled nagging injuries throughout his rookie season. 

    Overall

    69

    Among the more promising rookie quarterbacks to take over in midseason, Ponder is living up to his potential as a true franchise quarterback for the Vikings. As the talent around him improves, he should quickly move up the list. 

24. Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns

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    Accuracy Short

    7.5

    McCoy is a high-accuracy thrower when targeting receivers under 15 yards. Has good zip on the ball and is able to put the ball where his receiver can make the play. Rarely high or outside when throwing underneath. 

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    6

    Does a great job with touch throws on the move, but doesn't throw with the zip to make throws deep or across the field when rolling out. 

    Accuracy Deep

    6.5

    Lacks the arm strength to be a great deep ball thrower, but demonstrated improved touch on deep passes when asked to do so in 2011. Very inconsistent spiral on long passes.

    Arm Strength

    6

    Arm strength is masked some in the West Coast offense. McCoy lacks the velocity or deep-ball ability of top NFL quarterbacks. 

    Clutch

    6.5

    With limited talent at skill positions, McCoy has not developed into a clutch quarterback. Comparable to the average young NFL quarterback in this regard. 

    Decision Making

    6

    Two offensive systems in two years has McCoy gun-shy at times. Will stare down targets. Very smart player, but he needs experience. 

    Mechanics

    8.5

    Has a clean delivery with a high release point. Quick feet make his drop from center very smooth and consistent. Can forget to follow through at times, a side affect of hurrying.

    Mobility

    7.5

    An above-average runner, McCoy doesn't have elite speed but is agile enough to pick up yards on the ground and move to position himself for throws. 

    Pocket Presence

    6.5

    Only 6'1", but he sets up tall and balanced in the pocket when given time. Shows good poise.  

    Health

    9

    Was banged up at times during the season and missed time with a concussion suffered in Week 14.  

    Overall

    70

    McCoy failed to build on a successful rookie season, leaving his status as the franchise quarterback in doubt among Cleveland fans and scouts. He has the tools to do well in the West Coast system, but needs more time to develop. 

23. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Accuracy Short

    7

    Vick has good touch and can drop the ball into tight buckets, but he will too often try and rifle the ball into a window that's not open.

    Accuracy Outside the Pocket

    7.5

    For as great as he is on the move, he makes too many mistakes when trying to throw on the run. Vick fails to look downfield, often leading to interceptions. 

    Accuracy Deep

    8

    Can air the ball out with the best passers in the game. Accuracy varies, depending on whether he takes time to set up and step into the ball.  

    Arm Strength

    9

    Has a very strong arm and can throw with authority to every level. Strong enough to throw off his back foot or on the move and deliver strikes. 

    Clutch

    5.5

    Did not play well in the fourth quarter in 2011. He lacked the fire and motivation of his 2010 season. Makes too many mistakes to be considered a good clutch quarterback. 

    Decision Making

    3.5

    Vick's failure to always try and read the defense results in many interceptions, botched pass attempts and poor audibles. His football IQ is well below standard. 

    Mechanics

    5.5

    Has a quick delivery, but the ball comes out more from his wrist than with proper follow-through. Vick does not always set his feet or step into throws. Has a hammer-like motion and delivery. 

    Mobility

    10

    Is a feared and dynamic runner. The most productive rushing quarterback in NFL history. 

    Pocket Presence

    7.5

    Due to his running ability, Vick will too often hang in the pocket waiting for a window to run or throw the ball. This results in unnecessary hits and sacks. 

    Health

    7

    Opens himself up to many hits in and out of the pocket as a runner and passer. Is among the smallest starting quarterbacks at 6'0" and 215 lbs. Was hurt on and off throughout the 2011 season. 

    Overall

    70.5

    Vick's regression in 2011 from a potential Top 5 quarterback to a questionable starter can be pinned on his lack of fundamentals as a passer. When he sets his feet and goes through his reads, he's on fire. When he hurries and plays backyard football, he's mediocre.