Graham Harrell, Chase Daniel: The Most Underrated Players in the Draft

Magnus JohnsonCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 6:  Quarterback Chase Daniel #10 of the Missouri Tigers sets up to make a pass play against the Oklahoma Sooners at Arrowhead Stadium on December 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Sooners defeated the Tigers 62-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

There are many great quarterbacks in the NFL draft. Matthew Stafford leads the pack, predicted as going No. 1 to the Lions in the first round. Closely following is Mark Sanchez, a quarterback with one year of experience, but a lot of potential.

Josh Freeman and pat White are expected to go late first round or early second round, basically in the first day. 

But don't you think we're overlooking somebody?

Oh yeah. It's Graham Harrell, the front runner for the Heisman about a month before the award was given away, and Chase Daniel, two-years-ago's Heisman contender and the best arm in this year's draft, not counting Stafford. 

Harrell and Daniel are two quality QBs that have been totally underrated in this draft. Each of them have produced a WR that is supposed to go in the top ten, Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin.

Like I said, they have each been contenders for the Heisman trophy in the last two years. So, let's get to know them and their stats a little better. 

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Graham Harrell - Texas Tech

Graham Harrell has been getting progressively better over his entire college career. His best years were in 2008, where he was barely noticed, and 2009, where he was noticed a lot.

In 2008-2009, Graham put up (2008 stats - 2009 stats) 512-442 completions on 713-626 attempts, 48-45 touchdowns, and only 14-9 interceptions. Some would argue his stats got so much better because of WR Michael Crabtree, as he was around from 2008-2009 and passed on his last two years of college to be a pro.

Still, Crabtree wasn't his only receiver, and you can't get those numbers on just one receiver's stats. 

At the combine this year, Harrell has been equally as impressive. His 40 yard dash was the least impressive, but still a great effort at 5.14 seconds.

In other events, Harrell got 29.5 on the Vertical Jump, 8'2" on the broad jump, 4.56 on the 20-yard shuttle, and 7.45 on the three-cone drill. Although his combine stats weren't the most impressive of all the QBs stats in the combine, he had decent combine stats and his college stats more than make up for that. 

Chase Daniel - Missouri 

Chase Daniel had equally as impressive stats in college. Just like Harrell, Daniel had his best years in 2008 and 2009. In 2008-2009, he had 384-385 completions on 563-528 attempts for 4306-4335 yards, and 33-39 TDs.

As well as Crabtree, Maclin was around only Daniel's best two years and passed on his last two years of college. Suspicious, but not enough evidence to truly say it was because of them they got so much better. 

At the combine this year, Daniel has been in the top 5-10 in almost all of the events. He got 4.92 on the 40 (10th best), 33 on the Vertical Jump (third), Didn't participate in the broad jump, 4.31 on the 20-yd. shuttle (fourth), and 7.28 on the three-cone drill (13th).

He had great combine stats that should impress teams, but don't very much because of their focus turned to Stafford, Sanchez, and Freeman. Daniel's great combine and college stats prove to make him one of the most underrated QBs in the Draft. 

These two QBs have great stats in college and in the combine. No offense to Sanchez, but both Harrell's and Daniel's College stats are better than his by far, not to mention four year's experience instead of one starting year.

If NFL scouts weren't just watching the top three or four QBs in the draft, Harrell and Daniel should be projected and drafted in the first or second round. 

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