2012 NFL Combine - QB Analysis No. 11-25
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish
Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish
Posted Feb 28, 2012

Post-Combine quick looks at the quarterbacks invited to Indy. No. 11 to 25

2012 NFL Post-Combine

QB Rankings - No. 11 to 25

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11. Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois 6-2, 219 Proj. 6
He ran an extremely disappointing 4.76 – he plays faster than he times. However, he was quick and athletic through the short drills and threw well. He's a thick 219 pounds.

Positives: Extremely mobile. A 1,300-yard rusher who could also throw. Possibly the most athletic quarterback in the draft other than Robert Griffin. … Great at throwing on the move. Accurate when rolling to either side. … Very smart and doesn't make mistakes. … Plays in command. Fiery and takes control of games. … Accurate on short-to-midrange passes.

Negatives: Not big. Built more like a free safety than a quarterback. … Doesn't have a deep arm. He doesn't throw the prettiest passes. … More of a backup option. A developmental prospect with upside, but it hardly ready out of the box.

12. Kellen Moore, Boise State 6-0, 197 Proj. 5
No one expected him to be huge, but at least he hit the 6-0 mark. He was slight, though, at 197 pounds and didn't look like an NFL quarterback. The 4.94 and the lack of athleticism didn't help, but anyone who drafts him will take him on his passing ability.

Positives: Magical. A tremendous winner who produced against everyone he faced. It didn't matter if it was Georgia, Virginia Tech, or New Mexico State, he was always on. … He put up huge numbers last year without any real talent at receiver. He lost all his weapons and was still great. … Smart and doesn't miss a read. He always makes the right throw. Always. … Accurate. He has an unteachable ability to put the ball anywhere he needs to.

Negatives: Too small. He's not quite six feet tall and doesn't have the size or the stature to be a full-time NFL quarterback. … He doesn't have the arm. He has a nice arm, but it's not strong enough to drive the ball at an NFL level. There's a hard ceiling on what he can do. … His mechanics are sound, and he could probably get away with most of his issues if he were taller, but he doesn't have a high enough delivery for a 5-11 passer.

13. Darron Thomas, Oregon (Jr.) 6-3, 220 Proj. 6
There was nothing there to answer the question why he left early. He wasn't particularly fast with a 4.8, and he wasn't smooth in the passing drills. However, he was quick and athletic with a 36" vertical and terrific short drills.

Positives: Good size and athleticism. Moves extremely well and is a strong thrower running to either side. … Throws a nice deep ball. He's not going to air it out and bomb away, but he can make things happen down the field. … Excellent upside. He has room to get bigger and has the raw tools to become a nice project prospect. … Kept the team alive against LSU this and in the national title against Auburn when the ground game wasn't working.

Negatives: A product of a system that made defense deathly afraid of the run. He was efficient and effective, but he went against defense after defense that loaded up to slow down the run. … Needs a more compact throwing motion and has to show he can work well in a pro system. He's more of a playmaker on the move rather than an NFL pocket passer.

14. Dominique Davis, East Carolina 6-3, 212  Proj. FA
Positives: A terrific passer. He was great in shootouts and proved time and again he could bomb away against anyone to keep games alive. … Throws a nice deep ball and isn't afraid to take chances down the field. … Good on the move. A baller who comes up with something positive when things break down. …. Athletic. He can take off and be used as a runner if needed.

Negatives: Needs a lot of work on his mechanics. A LOT. He might need to change his entire delivery and motion. Everything needs to be broken down. … Started out his career at Boston College but washed out academically. … Has to prove he can handle himself as a pocket passer. He worked mostly in the spread and didn't do anything conventional.

15. Case Keenum, Houston 6-1, 208 Proj. 6
Small, slow, and unathletic, it wasn't the best of weekends for Keenum. However, he's a pure passer and was more than fine, but coming in at just under 6-1 and with smallish features didn't help hm.

Positives: The greatest statistical passer in college football history. He put up ridiculous numbers that'll never be matched unless someone catches a few major breaks and ends up getting six years of eligibility. … Accurate. He doesn't miss open targets and manages to find the right receiver in a hurry. … Gets the ball out of his hands in a big hurry. When he knows where he's going, the ball is out. … Fearless. He's not afraid to make any throw.

Negatives: Mediocre mechanics that have to be broken down. He has to change to more of an over-the-top delivery to make up for his lack of size. … Doesn't look the part. He's not big enough and doesn't have NFL height. … Has to prove he can work in an NFL style attack. He operated out of a shotgun his entire career. … Gets banged up. Between a torn ACL and concussion problems, he took a licking. He doesn't have the size to hold up.

16. Austin Davis, Southern Miss 6-2, 219 Proj. FA
He measured under 6-2, but he came up with a terrific workout running a 4.76 while showing off phenomenal quickness in the short drills. He was the quickest through the cone and second in the shuttle.

Positives: A better quarterback than a prospect. He might not have the tools and he might not have the talent, but he has the ability to move an offense. A winner. … Athletic enough to make things happen on the move. He might not be a dangerous runner, but he can dip and dive out of the pocket to keep himself alive. … There's upside. He's strictly a backup prospect, but he could have a long career holding a clipboard and working as an occasional fill-in.

Negatives: He's not an NFL quarterback. He doesn't have the size or the arm strength to produce on a regular basis. … Poor mechanics. He could get by if he had the other tools, but his throwing motion and footwork need to be changed around. … He could be a great coach and might be an ideal No. 3, but he'll never be a No. 1.

17. Dan Persa, Northwestern 5-11, 212  Proj. FA
Positives: Extremely smart, he makes all the right throws and all the right reads. He's always a step ahead of the play. … Athletic, he was a terrific runner before getting hurt and was the ultimate baller; he always managed to make plays happen when everything broke down. … Extremely accurate, he connected on close to 73% of his passes.

Negatives: He's not big enough. It was one of the knocks coming out of high school. Had he been 6-3, he would've been playing for a top program. … He wasn't the same after tearing his Achilles heel. He needed a bit longer than expected to come back, and while he threw well, he wasn't nearly as mobile. … He didn't throw the ball down the field all that often, mostly hitting on dink and dunk throws. He might have been accurate, but he often played it safe within the system.

18. Patrick Witt, Yale 6-4, 225 Proj. FA
He measured big, but he wasn't all that quick and wasn't athletic. The 9" hands are going to be a big problem for some, but the biggest overall issue was that he didn't stand out. He failed to make much of a mark.

Positives: Originally started out his career at Nebraska before transferring to Yale. … Next-level smart, famously passing up a chance to interview for the Rhodes Scholarship to play against Harvard. … Good size and nice mobility with decent touch. … Has the raw skills to work with. He'll work to make himself better.

Negatives: Produced against the lower competition and wasn't jaw-dropping. He was great, but he threw way too many interceptions and wasn't as efficient and accurate enough. … His teams weren't great, but he also didn't lead the way to too many wins finishing his Yale career with a losing record. … Good arm strength, but not elite.

19. John Brantley, Florida 6-3, 218  Proj. FA
Positives: A superstar high school player, he has the raw tools and the talent that might still be untapped. … A great arm, good size, and decent mobility. … A good leader with high character. Went to Florida because he wanted to go to Florida, even though it wasn't exactly the right fit for him. … Was good enough to help force Cam Newton to transfer. He was the next in line after Tim Tebow, not Newton.

Negatives: It didn't work out. He was a legacy at Florida and had always dreamed of going there, but he never developed into his skills. It was the wrong football program for him. … He should've improved with Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator, but didn't. He didn't do nearly enough to make the passing game shine. … Good mechanics, but they're not great. He needs a quicker release and has to be better at the midrange throws.

20. G.J. Kinne, Tulsa 6-1, 215  Proj. FA
Positives: A nice passer who put up big numbers in a high-powered offense. Mobile enough to get by with a baller's mentality. He's a playmaker. … Decent on the move and excellent at making something happen out of nothing. … Terrific on the midrange routes and good at getting the ball in the hands of his targets where they can do something with it. … Jeff Garcia-like.

Negatives: Doesn't have the deep arm. Doesn't drive the ball outside the hash marks well enough. … Not big enough. He's not a good enough athlete to make up for his safety-size, and he doesn't have the arm strength to force safeties to hang deep. … A pure backup who might be able to produce for short spurts, but can't be the main man for long stretches.

21. Jacory Harris, Miami 6-3, 203 Proj. FA
While he wasn't all that fast with a 4.72, he was tremendously athletic with a 37" vertical and terrific quickness around the short drills. He threw fine and didn't do anything to hurt himself, but it all comes down to the tape with him.

Positives: A good leader with just enough talent to get a look. … He doesn't look like it, but he's a power pitcher with a terrific arm able to put the ball anywhere on the field. If he hits the weights and adds about 20 pounds of muscle, he could have the right size to go along with the arm. … There's upside. He's not ready for the NFL now, but he could turn into a decent prospect with time to develop.

Negatives: He's never seen an interception he didn't like to throw. Always seemed to throw the wrong pick at the worst times. … Always seemed to have an issue of some sort. Was always dinged up and took a beating at times. … Not a great decision maker. He's a one-route reader who wasn't good enough at making things happen when the play broke down.

22. Stephen Garcia, South Carolina 6-2, 230  Proj. FA
Positives: A baller's baller. It might not have been pretty, and he might not be a prototype, but on the field he has a spark that made things happen. … A leader among his teammates. Forgetting about the off-the-field issues, he had no problems in the locker room. … A good enough arm to work at an NFL level with nice accuracy. … A runner who can make things happen when the play breaks down. … A fighter. He would've been the perfect quarterback for the old Al Davis Raiders.

Negatives: Couldn't shake the knucklehead streak. Steve Spurrier gave him chance after chance after chance after chance, and he still couldn't stay on the team. … On the field he tried too hard. He would try to force things with both his legs and his arm, and he made too many mistakes for Spurrier. … He has to prove he wants to do all the work needed to be an NFL quarterback.

23. Aaron Corp, Richmond 6-4, 215 Proj. FA
One of the buzz prospects around Indy, he showed off most of the raw tools, but it still all comes down to his ability. He ran well, was athletic, and looked the part. He showed enough that someone might take a flier on him late.

Positives: A big-time high school prospect who was thought to be the next big thing at USC, he's a pure passer. … He has a good arm with nice short-to-midrange accuracy. He could be a decent backup option to develop in the right system. … When given time he's deadly. He doesn't miss open targets.

Negatives: The tools aren't there. He's not strong enough, he doesn't have the deep arm, and he doesn't have any mobility. … Suffered some major injuries including a blown out knee and a broken leg. He wasn't fast to begin with, and now he's truly a stick in the mud. … He won't air it out. He needs to be in a West Coast system.

24. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati 6-0, 218  Proj. FA
Positives: Very active with excellent mobility. Makes things happen out of nothing. … Tough as nails. Had the unquestioned respect of the coaching staff and the team. That was his squad. … A good passing touch. Strong on short-to-midrange throws.

Negatives: A bit too small. He's barely six-feet tall if he's wearing the right shoes. … Not a deep ball thrower. His arm isn't there to drive the ball as needed. He makes things happen when he's moving around and isn't as good in the pocket. … Had interception problems at the end of his career throwing ten picks in the final four games.

25. Chester Stewart, Temple 6-3, 209  Proj. FA
Positives: Good size with the ability to make things happen on the move. Great feet to move in and out of the pocket. … Huge arm. He can make all the throws and can push the ball deep as well as any quarterback in the draft. … Tough. He can take shots and can still be used as a runner.

Negatives: Career stats: 2,623 yards, 13 touchdowns, 17 interceptions. He didn't exactly set the MAC on fire. … Purely a developmental prospect who needs years with a great quarterback coach to see there's a way to use his raw tools. Only a flier.