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2010 NFL Draft: Could John Skelton Be the Browns' Joe Flacco?

Bob Evans@@TheRealBobEvansCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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You may not know his name now, but by the end of the 2010 NFL Combine, you will.

He will be the guy that the scouts are raving about: arm strength, accuracy, ability to throw the deep ball, and possessing the "prototypical" NFL quarterback build. 

His name is John Skelton, and he was the starting quarterback at Fordham University in New York.

I originally got the idea for this article from a small blog on Yahoo.com, and Skelton's comparison to Joe Flacco peaked my interest.

When they described him as a 6'5" prototypical NFL quarterback that has a monster arm, my thoughts immediately went to the guy wearing No. 3 for the Cleveland Browns: Derek Anderson.

To my surprise, I have found out that he is quite the opposite.

Sure, they share similarities. Skelton is 6'5", 240 pounds and can throw the ball 40 to 50 yards with ease.

However, after watching some film on Skelton, he may end up being better than both Anderson and Flacco.

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Some of the positive things that I noticed from watching him were:

1. He has pretty good accuracy.

2. He leads his receivers well.

3. He has a cannon for an arm.

4. He can read the defense well pre-snap and post.

Some of the negatives were:

1. He had a tendency to overthrow the ball sometimes where touch could have been used.

2. He played against poor competition.

3. He seemed to have a slight case of happy feet in the pocket.

After watching some film and compiling this list, he may have the most upside of any of the current quarterbacks projected between the third and fifth rounds. If Skelton can put on a show for scouts at the Combine, he may fly up the draft boards just like Joe Flacco did.

NFL scouts and general managers jump at the opportunity to draft quarterbacks that meet their prototypical build, and Skelton may be the future quarterback for Mike Holmgren to groom.

Imagine a quarterback that has the ability to throw the ball deep, goes through his progressions, can hit wide receivers with ease on any route, and does not try to squeeze the ball into tight places (like Derek Anderson). That quarterback is John Skelton. 

I am not saying that Skelton is the next coming of Peyton Manning or Joe Montana, but he is certainly a guy to watch throughout the NFL Combine. If he takes advantage of the large number of quarterbacks opting to not throw at the combine, you may just see Skelton's name sliding ahead of the likes of Tony Pike and Colt McCoy.

So while you are checking in to see who ran the best 40-yard dash and checking out the grades for each player, look up John Skelton—he may soon be coming to a Dawg Pound near you!

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