2011 Post-Combine Buzz - The Fast QBs
Washington QB Jake Locker
Washington QB Jake Locker
Posted Feb 28, 2011

The buzz after the weekend of the 2011 NFL Combine - The new world of fast quarterbacks

2011 NFL Post-Combine Buzz

The New Wave Of QBs

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2011 NFL Combine Results
- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | Cs | OTs | OGs 
- DEs | DTs | ILBs | OLBs | Ss | CBs

2011 Post-Combine Buzz
- The Julio vs. A.J. Battle
- Cam The Entertainer
- The No. 2 RB Is ...
- The No. 3 WR Is ...
- The Slow Little Guys
- The Small School Stars
- The No. 1 OT Is ...
- The Mark Ingram Workout
- The Mediocre Tight Ends
- The New Wave Of Athletic QBs

2011 NFL Combine Position Analysis
- QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | Cs | OTs | OGs 
- DEs | DTs | ILBs | OLBs | Ss | CBs

2011 Pre-Combine Buzz
- The Tebow Issue
- The Luckless quarterback class
- Cam Newton is expected to do it all
- The star defensive tackles
- All the North Carolina talent and what they'll do
- Where have all the good running backs gone?
- The lousy tight end class
- The 40 star speedster will be ...
- The three players everyone will be talking about
- The offensive tackle pecking order
- The strongest position is ...
- Da'Quan Bowers' knee
- Breaking Down the 2011 NFL Combine
Only two tight ends ran under a 4.6 40. Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran a 4.64, Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams ran a 4.61, and Mark Ingram posted a 4.62.

San Diego State WR Vincent Brown ran 4.71 50, and Boise State's Austin Pettis ran a 4.62, as did TCU's Jeremy Kerley.

Meanwhile, the quarterbacks were moving. Really moving.

While 40 times hardly mean much when it comes to quarterbacks, especially considering that most of the fastest runs in recent Combine history came from quarterbacks who aren't in the league anymore like Pat White and Marcus Vick, this year's crop was particularly impressive.

Remember, this class is known for its size with everyone seeming checking in around 6'3" and between 215 and 230 pounds. That didn't take away from the group's athleticism with four quarterbacks – Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor, and Jake Locker – all breaking the 4.6 barrier and only three prospects – Ryan Colbrn, Nathan Enderle, and T.J. Yates – not getting under five.

Not only were the quarterbacks fast, including an impressive 4.62 from Blaine Gabbert, but they were quick in the short drills and jumped extremely well. The Combine showed that the days of the drop back statue might be dead and buried, even though Ryan Mallett, who didn't run, is still a top prospect. While many of the quarterbacks were coached well in the drills, and they looked like they had been working on things that don't really matter to the real world of football, it's now not enough to be big, and it's not enough to be athletic. You have to be both.

Call this the class that shows how the maturation of the spread offense has affected the NFL. Scouts had been wondering how the college offenses were going to translate into pro players, and with time for things to work themselves out, the next level talent is still there, but the prospects are used to running more while working out of the spread.

The downside, though, is that there are still plenty of question marks about the passing ability of many of the spread quarterbacks. Yeah, they're big, and yeah, they're athletic, but too many passers have to learn how to operate out of a seven step drop and too many have to get used to putting their hands under a center's butt. More than ever, the basics of being an NFL quarterback have to be taught, but that's doable. You can't coach speed and you can't coach size, and this year's group is bringing both.