2009 NFL Draft/Post-Combine - Quarterbacks
Kansas State QB Josh Freeman
Kansas State QB Josh Freeman
Posted Feb 24, 2009

Now that the NFL Combine is winding down, who made their marks and who stumbled? Along with Kansas State's Josh Freeman, who came up with a great workout, here are the new rankings of all the top offensive players along with the skinny on what happened to each player in Indianapolis.

2009 NFL Draft

Post-Workout Rankings

The Top Quarterback Prospects

By Pete Fiutak 

- 2009 NFL Combine Numbers
Quarterbacks | Running Backs & Fullbacks | Receivers
Tight Ends | Centers & Guards | Off. Tackles

Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Inside LBs | Outside LBs
new  Cornerbacks | Safeties

- new  2009 NFL Draft Post-Workout Rankings
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Fullbacks | Receivers | Tight Ends
Centers | Guards | Off. Tackles | Def. Ends | Def. Tackles
Inside LBs | Outside LBs | Cornerbacks | Safeties

Full Player Breakdowns & Analysis To Come In Marc

- 2008 CFN Draft Central
2008 NFL Draft Breakdown and Analysis

1st Round | 2nd Round | 3rd Round | 4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round

1. Matthew Stafford, Georgia  6-2, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't solidify himself as the No. 1 quarterback, but he didn't falter in the slightest. Not quite as big as expected, but ran extremely well with a  4.81.
Positives: Tremendous arm strength … Tough … Right mentality to be a franchise quarterback.
Negatives: Not huge. Barely 6-3 … While good at Georgia, he didn’t win enough big games and so far has been more of a tools prospect than an on-field producer.

2. Josh Freeman, Kansas State 6-6, 248
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: A huge winner from the workouts. Extremely athletic for a player of his size. Impressed more and more with every passing moment.
Positives: Prototype size and strength. Can move, too. … Had to try to carry bad KSU teams … experienced and young. … Huge arm.
Negatives: Still a bit unknown. Had to press too much to make things happen. … Needs to play up to his size and work on his throwing motion.

3. Mark Sanchez, USC 6-3, 227
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: Passed every test. Showed real, honest fire and passion for the game off the field, measured up to Matthew Stafford on it. Cranked out a solid 9-8 broad jump and scored high marks for throwing when he wasn't expected to.
Positives: Quick release. Good at getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry … Great fire. He’s not Matt Leinart … Can move.
Negatives: Was fine at USC, but not elite … Barely 6-3 … NFL arm, but not jaw-dropping … If Pete Carroll didn’t think he was ready, what’s the issue?

4. Nate Davis, Ball State 6-1, 226
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: Looked smooth and showed off his arm, but everyone was looking for more athleticism and speed that wasn't there.

Positives: Great arm and excellent production … Can move in pocket and out … Bad weather thrower.
Negatives: Not huge … A system player? He was put in great situations … Not a fiery leader.

5. Pat White, West Virginia  6-0, 197
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 11
Post-Combine Skinny: Told everyone he'd be willing to work at receiver, but he threw extremely well and tore off a solid 4.55.
Positives: Elite, offense-defining running skills … Smart, with good enough arm to get by … Clutch … A winner.
Negatives: Small and likely not durable as an every down quarterback … Average arm.

Cullen Harper, Clemson 6-3, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 5
Post-Combine Skinny: Lifted 225 19 times. He ran well enough and he was more than fine throwing it.

Positives: Good arm and mobility … Got through a tough situation last year … Tough and competitive.
Negatives: He didn’t produce as expected with the spotlight on … Has work to do on delivery … Tries to do too much at times.

7. Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State 6-2, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 6
Post-Combine Skinny: A bit erratic with his throws, but he ran well, moved well, and lifted an benched 25 reps.

Positives: Great arm and excellent physical skills … Fiery competitor. … Made the players around him better at SHSU.
Negatives: Didn’t face top-shelf competition … Reconstructed knee … Not huge.

8. Curtis Painter, Purdue 6-3, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 7
Post-Combine Skinny:
Moved well for his size. Pressed a bit, but he didn't make any major mistakes. Didn't stand out, either.
Positives: Mobile and productive when he gets rolling … Good character. Good guy.
Negatives: Struggled to make his receivers better last year … Didn’t lead the offense to consistent production.

9. John Parker Wilson, Alabama 6-2, 219
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: Ran well, looked strong. Solidified himself as a possible third rounder.

Positives: Game manager … Solid passer with nice mechanics … Veteran who saw it all.
Negatives: Not big. Not a prototype … Mediocre arm … Not mobile enough for his size.

10. Hunter Cantwell, Louisville 6-4, 235
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 10
Post-Combine Skinny: Big and lumbering. His delivery change from the Senior Bowl was a plus. Measured big.
Positives: Great size and excellent arm …. Looks the part and could be good with the right coaching.
Negatives: A statue … Needs a lot of seasoning and reps. Only started one year and was average.

11. Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas 6-1, 219
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't run a fast 40 (4.91), but was athletic to make up for his lack of size.
Positives: Ultra-productive bomber … Very accurate. Good winner … Solid arm.
Negatives: Central Arkansas … Not mobile enough for his size … Small. Too small.

12. Drew Willy, Buffalo 6-3, 215
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 15
Post-Combine Skinny: If you liked him before, you love him now. Wasn't too fast, but was athletic. Moved well.
Positives: Veteran four-year starter … Nice game manager and good leader … Accurate.
Negatives: Not a great athlete … Good arm, not great.

Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 6-2, 223
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 12
Post-Combine Skinny: He was exactly as expected. Didn't run well, but threw fine when he wasn't under pressure.

Positives: Ultra-productive … Tough as nails, especially for his size. Doesn’t get rattled … Great tough and timing.
Negatives: Doesn’t have an NFL arm … System quarterback who needs work under center … Not tall.

14. Chase Daniel, Missouri 6-0, 218
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 13
Post-Combine Skinny:
Measured up to the magical 6-0 mark, but he wasn't fast in the 40. Shortest arms of the QBs by far.
Positives: Ultimate leader. Very fiery competitor … Great accuracy and production when he gets on a roll … Mobile.
Negatives: Too short … Will be compared to Drew Brees because of size and production, but he isn’t Drew Brees … Gets in trouble when he tries to do too much.

15. Willie Tuitama, Arizona 6-4, 230
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 14
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't Invited To The Combine

Positives: Good size and bulk. Looks the part … NFL arm with decent mobility in the pocket … Accurate.
Negatives: Durabilty a major problem … Was fine at Arizona, but not special. Didn’t blow up as expected.

16. Stephen McGee, Texas A&M 6-3, 235
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 19
Post-Combine Skinny: Created a stir with his speed. His 4.66 40 was second only to Pat White. Ran well, and was fine throwing.
Positives: Great runner … Quick learner. Can pick up any system right away.
Negatives: Lost his job as a senior partly due to a shoulder injury … Not an elite arm.

17. Tom Brandstater, Fresno State 6-5, 220
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 17
Post-Combine Skinny:
Measured as big as advertised. Was surprisingly agile and threw well.
Positives: Excellent size and good arm … Could be a sleeper with the right coaching.
Negatives: Didn’t improve enough with experience … Average production.

18. Mike Teel, Rutgers  6-3, 230
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 18
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't Invited To The Combine

Positives: Good size … Overcame rough start to dominate late his senior year … Good arm.
Negatives: Not mobile … Benefitted from having a good running game and great receivers.

19. Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State 6-4, 242
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 16
Post-Combine Skinny: Looked puffy. Too big. Threw well, but not well enough to make a statement of any sort.
Positives: Big-time size … Excellent arm. Can make all the throws … Accurate.
Negatives: Didn’t produce as well as he should’ve in QB friendly offense … Not mobile.

20. Michael Reilly, Central Washington  6-3, 214
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 20
Post-Combine Skinny:
Big, strong, and athletic. While he looked like he belonged in the group, he didn't stand out in any way.
Positives: Nice size, good mobility, good arm … Ultra-productive and accurate.
Negatives: Central Washington is D-II … Good arm. Not a jaw dropper.

21. Brian Hoyer, Michigan State 6-2, 215
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 24
Post-Combine Skinny: Good buzz from a few of the scouts. Some think he has big upside as a pro and will be better than he was at MSU.
Positives: Good arm … Solid game manager … Won’t get a team beat.
Negatives: Struggled his senior year despite running game to fall back on … Not huge.

22. Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 6-4, 230
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 21
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't Invited To The Combine
Positives: Excellent size and good accuracy with time … Handled himself well with Terrelle Pryor situation.
Negatives: A sitting duck at times against fast defenses … Needs work on throwing motion.

23. David Johnson, Tulsa 6-2, 220
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 23
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't Invited To The Combine

Positives: Tremendously accurate and efficient … Not a big arm, but good enough.
Negatives: One-year starter … Horrible game in C-USA Championship … A system passer.

24. Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State 6-2, 218
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 22
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't run at the Combine. Far smaller than originally listed. Small hands.
Positives: Fiery for good and bad … Shockingly tough. Was battered at ASU … Good fire, sometimes to a negative.
Negatives: Held on to the ball too long at times … Immobile … Not an NFL arm.

25. Chase Clement, Rice 6-4, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 25
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn't Invited To The Combine

Positives: Ultra-productive … Very mobile with good size and moxie.
Negatives: A system quarterback … Nice arm, but not elite.