2012 NFL Draft - The Quarterbacks No. 6-25
Boise State QB Kellen Moore
Boise State QB Kellen Moore
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 20, 2012


From a college football perspective, the analysis of the top quarterback prospects.

2012 NFL Draft Position Rankings

QBs - No. 6 to 25


By Pete Fiutak

- 2012 NFL Quarterback Rankings - Top Five

  6. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State 6-4, 221
Way too old – turning 28 turning the season – way too immobile, and with no time whatsoever to season, there are plenty of reasons to stay away. But for a team that could use a ready-made passer to step in and make a good offense sharp right away, Weeden could be the readiest of all the quarterback prospects. A professional in his demeanor with years as a minor league baseball player on the résumé, nothing fazes him. The arm is terrific, the motion is quick, and he’s deadly accurate, but he’s not going to move and will end up taking some huge shots. More than anything else, though, this is it. He might be a perfect No. 2 quarterback who can save a season by stepping in and producing for five games, but he has the talent, the arm, and the intangibles to make a difference right away.
CFN Projection: Third Round

7. Nick Foles, Arizona 6-5, 243
It’s going to take a little bit of time and a lot of tweaking, but the raw tools are there to become a pro bomber who can stretch the field as well as hit on the short-to-midrange passes with regularity. Huge, he has the bulk and the height, but there’s no mobility and he has to improve his pocket presence; he has to get used to playing under center. Willing to push himself and do the work needed to improve, the character and the upside are there to eventually grow into a dangerous leader of an attack. It’s going to take some work, though, to move away from playing in a pitch-and-catch midrange spread attack to working in a normal pro offense, but judge him as a prospect three years from now and not from what happens right away.
CFN Projection: Third Round

8. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State 6-3, 229
It’s all about the consistency. He has good size and a great arm with the ability to make all the NFL throws at a top level, and he has a gunslinger mentality with the ability to shine in a shootout. No, he didn’t win enough close games, but they weren’t all his fault and often got hurt by a shaky defense. The problem is that he’ll make a Pro Bowl pass on one play and will hit the hot dog vendor the next. While he timed fast there’s little mobility and he’ll never take off, but he moves around just enough in the pocket to get by. Because of the gun and with good upside there’s a good chance he could be a nice value pick in the middle of the draft, but accuracy can’t be taught.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

9. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 5-11, 204
If he checked in around 6-2 instead of a bit over 5-10 he’d be a first round pick. The arm is fantastic, the leadership abilities are unquestioned – earning the captain’s role two seconds after transferring to Wisconsin – and he’s as smart and heady as any quarterback in the draft. Robert Griffin might be considered an elite athlete, but Wilson was the quickest quarterback in the short drills at the Combine by a mile. To be productive he’ll have to work outside of the pocket and will have to find the holes between linemen like he did behind the massive Badger line, but there might be a limit on what he can do because of his lack of height. He has a starting quarterback makeup, but he’ll have a long and productive career as an always-ready No. 2.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

10. B.J. Coleman, UT Chattanooga 6-3, 233
With great size and a big-time arm, he has the look of an NFL quarterback with a world of upside. The one-time Tennessee Volunteer has talent and he grew into a more polished playmaker at the lower level, but he needs to prove he can handle a sped up game and do more than throw a good deep ball. There’s no athleticism and he needs to learn how to change speeds and show more touch, but the arm can be tweaked. What can’t be changed is his mediocre accuracy that could limit what he can become as a reserve. He’ll do all the dirty work needed to find a spot somewhere as a bomber, but he’s missing the talent to start.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

11. Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois 6-2, 219
The textbook definition of a baller, he’s not all that fast and he has an average arm, but he’s a playmaker who ran wild in the MAC and was an ultra-productive leader and winner. Athletic, he was a 1,300-yard rusher with the passing skills to be more than just a runner; he’s a smart thrower who doesn’t make many mistakes. The body type isn’t right, built more like a free safety than an NFL quarterback, and he doesn’t throw the best ball, but all the intangibles are there to work as a long-time backup with a little bit of patience as he learns to work more in a pro-style attack.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

12. Kellen Moore, Boise State 6-0, 197
Way too small with no arm and no athleticism, the pro skills are woefully lacking. Moore has always been great at overcoming appearances and preconceived notions, but he just might not fit in the NFL. A magical college player with a knack for coming up with the right throw at the right time, he’s a peerless winner who’s a far better football player than his tools might suggest. No, he’s not Ken Dorsey with a slew of pro stars surrounding him; he made a mediocre receiving corps shine last season. As accurate as any passer in the draft, he could forge a great career as a reserve who’ll be ready to step off the bench and deliver for a short stretch. He’ll never be a high-level starter, and there’s a rock-hard ceiling on what he can do and become, but there are worse things than making a living holding a clipboard.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round

13. Darron Thomas, Oregon (Jr.) 6-3, 220
Lost in the shuffle of the Oregon offense over the last few years was how Thomas came up with huge performances in big games. When the attack faced defenses that could slow down the ground game, Thomas carried the team. The skills are just good enough to warrant a long look as a developmental project, but it could take a while. He has good size and great athleticism, and he’s a strong thrower who could blossom with the right quarterback coach. It’s going to take a while, though, to see what he can do. Working on his throwing motion is a must and he has to show he can be a pocket passer, but he needs time.
CFN Projection: Seventh Round

14. Dominique Davis, East Carolina 6-3, 212
A great passer who bombed away time and again in shootouts, he’s a baller with a live deep arm, good size, and decent mobility. He has good speed, makes things happen on the move, and has a streetball mentality to keep things alive and improvise in a disaster. There’s plenty of upside, but first he needs a ton of work on his mechanics. The release has to be quicker; the throwing motion has to be more compact; and he’s not really a dink-and-dunker. Underappreciated, he’s a better football player than he shows in workouts, but if some offensive coordinator is creative and patient there could be a nice find as a free agent or late in the draft.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

15. Case Keenum, Houston 6-1, 208
There aren’t any NFL skills to get excited about with no size, a mediocre arm, and not athleticism. However, he’s the great statistical passer in NCAA history thanks to a deadly accurate arm and a smart mind that makes every right decision. There might not be a better quarterback in the draft at hitting his guys on the move, and he almost never, ever makes mistakes even though he’s a fearless bomber. The mechanics are great and he gets the ball out of his hands in a hiccup, but he spent his career working in the spread and has to prove he can work under center. With a smallish body, concussion issues, and rebuilt knees he’s not going to hold up he’ll never be a top starter, but he can work for a long time as a good backup.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

16. Austin Davis, Southern Miss 6-2, 219
It would be nice if he was a little bit taller instead of checking in under 6-2, but he’s a great athlete and a proven bomber and playmaker. Extremely quick, he buys time for himself with good footwork and has the arm to drive the ball down the field. Seasoned, he’s ready to roll right away as a backup who can be great at running a scout team. However, he’s just not an NFL quarterback. He doesn’t have the arm strength and his mechanics need a ton of help, but he’s a high-character player who coaches will want to keep around in an emergency. He’s the type of quarterback who’ll make millions of dollars over the next decade without ever seeing the field.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

17. Dan Persa, Northwestern 5-11, 212
18. Patrick Witt, Yale 6-4, 225
19. John Brantley, Florida 6-3, 218
20. G.J. Kinne, Tulsa 6-1, 215
21. Jacory Harris, Miami 6-3, 203
22. Stephen Garcia, South Carolina 6-2, 230
23. Aaron Corp, Richmond 6-4, 215
24. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati 6-0, 218
25. Chester Stewart, Temple 6-3, 209

- 2012 NFL Quarterback Rankings - Top Five