2013 NFL Combine - QB Analysis No. 11-25
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Posted Feb 17, 2013


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

2013 NFL Pre-Combine

QB Rankings - No. 11 to 25


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- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, The Top Ten 
 
11. Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah 6-4, 235 Proj. FREE AGENT
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Looks the part with great size, build and arm strength. Mature after spending time on a Church mission, he's ready to go right out of the box. Productive, he put up nice numbers at the lower level.

Negatives: Transferred out of BYU. A marginal all-around talent who has the look and the arm but not necessarily the skills with no mobility and little athleticism. It's not like he was amazing for a mediocre Southern Utah team, doing nothing against Utah State. However, he threw four touchdown passes in a loss to Cal.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: He'll get a chance, but he won't be a regular starter.

12. Sean Renfree, Duke 6-5, 225 Proj. FREE AGENT
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Great size with the smarts and the passing skills to make a nice living as an ever-ready backup. Experienced, he put up nice numbers for a bad team. Well coached.

Negatives: Throws way too many picks. While he had to press way too much at Duke to try to keep the bad team in games, he struggled with mistakes throwing 40 career interceptions. There's no foot speed and he'll never take off for a first down.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Purely a backup.

13. Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech 6-2, 210 Proj. FREE AGENT
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Turned into a dangerous passer in his final year going from decent to phenomenal going the first ten games without throwing a pick. Throws a great deep ball and was terrific at keeping up the pace in wild shootouts. A smart decision-maker, he spreads the ball around well and is great at getting the ball to his targets on the move.

Negatives: The NFL skills aren't there. He doesn't have pro size with a smallish, thin frame. He isn't built to take a pounding and spent last year in an offense that allowed him to bomb away. The arm is too average to be a dangerous NFL downfield passer and will have to be in the right system.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: He'll hang around for a few years as a backup.

14. Ryan Griffin, Tulane 6-4, 215 Proj. 6
NOT INVITED TO THE COMBINE

Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: With excellent size, he has the height and the frame to go along with the bombing ability. The ball comes out of his hands with good zip and a nice delivery. After missing time early in the year, he roared back throwing for 293 yards or more in six of the team's final seven games. He isn't afraid to make any throw.

Negatives: Way too inefficient. He's not going to push the ball down the field too often and needs to be in a spread attack that allows him to hit the short throws to his moving targets. Tends to try to make way too many plays that aren't there and gives up way too many picks.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: A backup who'll get a long look at a No. 2 job if he can impress in camp.

15. Collin Klein, Kansas State 6-5, 220 Proj. 6
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Tremendous leader with the right size, toughness, mobility and work ethic to become a nice career backup who can hang around a team as an emergency option. He can play the Tim Tebow role without all the baggage – he can be used in specialty formations around the goal line. The arm strength is terrific.

Negatives: Not an NFL passer in any way. The mechanics are too bad, the accuracy isn't there, and the next-level throwing skills are completely absent. More of a pitcher than a passer, he can throw to open targets but can't put the ball through a tire.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: He'll make a team as a novelty. A creative coach will design a few plays for him. He'll be what Tebow was supposed to become for the Jets.

16. James Vandenberg, Iowa 6-3, 225 Proj. FREE AGENT
Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A good pure passer, he has the size and stature to go along with a nice delivery. He looks the part with the vision and ability to locate his second and third targets in a hurry – even if he doesn't get them the ball. There's upside with a little time; he could be a sleeper with a few years to develop.

Negatives: Was AWFUL last year once he lost all his top weapons from the 2011 team. He couldn't make anything happen down the field and sputtered in a horrendous passing game. There's no real running ability to rely on and he needs to be far more accurate. He often does almost everything right but actually make the pass.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: A No. 3 backup with the potential to eventually be a solid reserve.

17. Jeff Tuel, Washington State 6-3, 220 Proj. FREE AGENT
NOT INVITED TO THE COMBINE

Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: If you want a ready-made spread offense quarterback, this is it. He showed he could handle himself despite getting lit up by opposing pass rushes; he worked behind a leaky line. There were glimpses of greatness throwing for 403 yards against Stanford and 350 against Washington. He's not afraid to make any throw.

Negatives: Tuel isn't the most accurate passer and he doesn't get the ball out of his hands quick enough for a Mike Leach quarterback. Injuries were a problem and he didn't do nearly enough in his final season. Interceptions were an issue; his decision-making skills are iffy.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Practice squad

18. Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt 6-1, 215 Proj. FREE AGENT
NOT INVITED TO THE COMBINE

Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A baller, he has good mobility and running ability to go along with a nice enough arm to get by. He's a good, steady passer who cut down on his mistakes and improved his decision-making ability, working well for what Vandy needed. He could stick around the league as a top scout teamer; he'll get a chance to show what he can do.

Negatives: The measurements aren't there. He doesn't have the size or the stature of an NFL quarterback, and he sometimes plays down to his size with his throwing motion. He'll always be compared to his brother, Aaron, but he doesn't have the same arm and he's nowhere near as accurate – almost nobody is.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Practice squad

19. Nick Florence, Baylor 6-0, 205 Proj. FREE AGENT
NOT INVITED TO THE COMBINE

Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: Fine, so he didn't lead the nation in total offense; he was second behind Johnny Manziel. Mobile, accurate and productive, he's a smart playmaker who throws a nice enough deep ball to get by and makes up for his mechanical deficiencies – his delivery is a bit labored – by making plays. The offense didn't skip a beat after losing RG3.

Negatives: The size simply isn't there. He's not tall enough and isn't big enough to be a starter for the long term. His deep ball accuracy is fine, but he's never going to blow anyone away with his arm. His worth will be as an all-around playmaker who can make things happen – he'll never fit an NFL type.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Practice squad

20. Alex Carder, Western Michigan 6-2, 220 Proj. FREE AGENT
NOT INVITED TO THE COMBINE

Pre-Combine Analysis Positives: A good passer, he put up big numbers in the WMU spread attack. He can spread the ball around to several receivers and is a good, smart decision maker who proved time and again he could produce against BCS teams. The mechanics are sound and he can move a little bit.

Negatives: He's not big, lacking the NFL height to look the part. A system passer who needs to be in a spread attack, he's at his best when he can get into a short-to-midrange groove and isn't much of a downfield bomber. Interceptions became a huge problem in a disappointing and injury-plagued senior year.

Really, What's He Going To Do In The NFL?: Practice squad

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21. Kyle Padron, Eastern Washington
22. Seth Doege, Texas Tech
23. Ryan Katz, San Diego State
24. Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
25. Tino Sunseri, Pitt

- 2013 CFN Pre-Combine QB Rankings, The Top Ten