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The 'other' QBs at combine

Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin III are likley to go 1-2 in the NFL Draft. Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill may go in the first round, too, if he has a good workout season Luck and Griffin did not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. Neither did Tannehill due to the fact he's recovering from a broken foot. The big two are overshadowing all the other QBs in the draft. Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler (who did not throw at the combine) could be second-to-fourth rounders. Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, age 28, could be a third or fourth rounder, as could Arizona's Nick Foles.

Here's a wrapup of how the quarterbacks threw at the combine drills on Sunday. It's from former NFL QB Jim Miller, an analyst for Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Said Miller: "I thought Kirk Cousins had the best morning. I am familiar with him, and full disclosure: I called Michigan State radio. He comes from a pro-sytle offense. Mechanically he threw the best out there. I thought the second-best passer of the football was Jacory Harris, from The U. I thought he was very impressive. Just looking at the overall measureables, they look the part. They have the big arm. They can make all the throws. They look good in the 3-, 5- and 7-step drops when some other guys struggled. I thought Aaron Corp from Richmond has really quick feet. But he didn’t get depth on his drop. The arm strength isn’t there. No the prototypical size. Guys like Case Keenum, Kellen Moore, even Russell Wilson, these guys are not physically quite what you’re looking for, so you have to factor that all in. Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State looks the part. Big. Strong. Physical. Strong arm. Teams will have to decide on his age. But as far as today, he looked good. He looks the part."

Here was the pool report on Weeden from Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post: Looked fairly comfortable with his footwork in his drops as he went through the three-, five- and seven-step combinations.
Consistently planted back foot, got front foot pointed to target. Squared his shoulders and kept a consistent release point. He said coming into the combine that he had "spent a ton – a ton – of time" on those after spending his career at Oklahoma State in the shotgun. Was for more comfortable throwing to his left Sunday, keeping the ball in frame for most of the routes with breaks at seven, 12 and 15 yards. When he did miss he was slightly behind the receiver in those sets. Looking right he wasn’t quite as accurate, missing high when he didn’t connect. Like most of the quarterbacks who threw in the session, struggled some with the slant-and-go to close things out, connecting on 1-of-4.

Here was the pool report on Foles from ESPN.com's Mike Sando: Foles struggled with his throws, particularly on post-corner routes. Coaches appeared to advise him on his deep-ball trajectory after Foles overthrew Arizona teammate Juron Criner on an early deep pass. Foles put too much air under subsequent deep passes. He did not hit receivers in stride on those balls. Foles did elicit a "good throw" commendation from one coach after connecting with Michigan's Kenneth Hemingway on a 10-yard out route. North Carolina State's Trevor Graham dropped pass from Foles on a short comeback."

Harris entered the combine viewed as a late-round or free-agent prospect. Boise State's Moore holds the all-time college victory record for a starting quarterback, at 50-3. But he's on the small side, at 6-foot and 197 pounds and does not have a big arm.

---Mark Gaughan

 

 

 

 

 

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