2010 NFL Combine - Quarterback Analysis

Posted Mar 4, 2010

While most of the buzz about the quarterbacks at the 2010 NFL Combine will surround Jimmy Clausen, Tim Tebow, and Colt McCoy, they're not going to be working out. Even so, here are the post-Combine quick looks at all the quarterbacks invited to Indianapolis.

2010 NFL Post-Combine

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1. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame 6-3, 222
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't throw at the Combine as he tried to rehab his injured toe. He measured well with good height, but for those who care about these sort of things, and several teams do, he has smallish, 9" hands.
Pre-Combine Rank: 1
Positives: Positives: Played in a pro-style system and was productive under trying circumstances … Very, very tough. He played through a bad toe injury and still made things happen. It's a stretch to call him "magical," but he pulled off several close wins last season … A good enough arm to get by. He doesn't have a cannon, but the arm is NFL good.
Negatives: Not huge by NFL standards and he has to work on his throwing motion a bit to be more effective … Brady Quinn. There's a concern that Charlie Weis quarterbacks might be more hype than substance (at least the ones from Notre Dame). … The toe. He's not able to do any Combine drills trying to get healthy.

2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma 6-4, 236
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't throw at the Combine to continue to rehab his injured shoulder, but his stock rose nonetheless with the mediocre performances from the rest of the quarterbacks. He hung around and generally came across as fine as he participated in all the periphery activities. Because of contracts and the position he plays, there's talk about him possibly going No. 1 overall, even if he's not considered a better prospect than Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.
Pre-Combine Rank: 2
Positives: Excellent height and solid arm … Tremendous accuracy when given time and is willing to take a shot when it comes to hanging on to the ball until the final moment … Looks the part and is a smart leader.
Negatives: Played behind a great line and had great talent around him. Fantastic when he didn't get touched, made his mistakes against teams with a pass rush. … Can he consistently play under center or is he a product of the Oklahoma offense? … Shoulder, shoulder, shoulder. There's going to be a cringe from coaches and fans every time he lands on his throwing shoulder.

4. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan 6-3, 230
Post-Combine Skinny: Had a strange Combine, but it was overall a good experience. He proved to be big, he was one of the best runners with a 4.66 40, and he looked great in the agility drills. However, he pulled out of the passing drills choosing to wait for his Pro Day, and he ticked off most of the scouts by not competing.
Pre-Combine Rank: 4
Positives: Ultra-productive. Arguably the greatest, most accomplished player in MAC history and held his own when facing better competition. … Excellent mobility and durability. He took big shot after big shot and didn't have too many problems. … Patient. He rarely misses a read.
Negatives: Lacks the howitzer. He's not going to throw a pea through a 2x4, but his arm isn't a liability. … The spread. He has to prove he can make the transition to being under center on a regular basis. … The MAC. He was fine against most BCS conference teams, but he was dominant against mediocre competition.

4. Colt McCoy, Texas 6-1, 216
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't do much to impress. Measured under 6-2, but he ran relatively well with a 4.79 in the 40. Wasn't able to throw as he continued to rehab his shoulder, but he benefitted from lousy weekends from the rest of the quarterbacks.
Pre-Combine Rank: 3
Positives: Extremely accurate short-to-midrange arm with a quick release … Very smart, very likeable. A guy you root for and teammates want to play hard for. … Mobile. Good football speed for a quarterback and can get out of tough situations and make things happen on the move.
Negatives: Chad Pennington. McCoy has everything you'd want in a quarterback but elite size and a pure deep arm. Brett Favre he's not. … Concern about the shoulder and his durability. He was dinged up way too much throughout his college career. … Might be pigeon-holed as the ideal No. 2 QB, but not a No. 1 who can win a Super Bowl.

5. Tim Tebow, Florida 6-3, 236
Post-Combine Skinny: It was Tebow being Tebow. He was tremendous in the interviews, he ran well enough with a 4.72 in the 40, and he was an uber-athlete with the best QB times in the shuttle, cone, and 60-yard drills, and he set a Combine record for a QB with a 38.5" vertical. However, he didn't throw as he chose to wait for his Pro Day, and the buzz keeps building. He's on the radar as a quarterback, but the workout showed he could be used elsewhere.
Pre-Combine Rank: 5
Positives: Leadership. No matter what you might think about him, his teammates followed him blindly. He was the unquestioned leader of the Gators. … Tremendous short-to-midrange accuracy. He'll throw darts if given time. … A better arm than he gets credit for. He didn't throw too many deep balls because he didn't have to, and now that's being seen as a negative.
Negatives: Throwing motion, throwing motion, throwing motion. He needs at least a year, maybe two, to get his mechanics right. … College strengths don't translate to the NFL. He won't be able to run by or over anyone. … Concussion concerns. The shot he took against Kentucky was more than just getting his bell rung.

6. John Skelton, Fordham 6-6, 243
Post-Combine Skinny: No one helped himself more. He showed a big-time live arm to go along with his tremendous size and stunning athleticism. His name is being thrown around as another Joe Flacco, but he's even bigger and could be one of the high risers over the next few weeks.
Pre-Combine Rank: 13
Positives: Huge. Built like a defensive end. … Elite arm, possibly the best in the draft. … Excellent upside. Not a Joe Flacco who can shine right away, but someone will fall in love with his potential. … Great on the move. Not a runner, but he makes plays on the move.
Negatives: Fordham. The level of competition is in question. … Was fine at the Senior Bowl but didn't stand out. … Needs lots of work on reading his progressions and his mechanics. An unfinished product.

7. Jarrett Brown, West Virginia 6-3, 224
Post-Combine Skinny: Tremendously athletic. If you didn't know how inconsistent he was on the field, and if you didn't know how average he was he'd be the buzz of Indy. He's big, had a rocket arm, and ran extremely well with a Combine best for the QBs 4.54. He showed enough physical tools to be taken as a developmental prospect.
Pre-Combine Rank: 7
Positives: Possibly the best arm in the draft. He doesn't have a problem putting the ball wherever he wants to. … Extremely mobile and isn't afraid to make things happen with his feet when things break down. … When he's on, he's tremendous.
Negatives: An average college quarterback when he got his shot … Not the most accurate arm. Too erratic. … Is more of a thrower than a passer. He's smart, but he relies on his arm over his head.

8. Levi Brown, Troy 6-3, 229
Post-Combine Skinny: Could he be another Tony Romo? That's who he's being compared to with his live arm and gunslinger mentality. He's not a great athlete, but he's strong, ripping off 20 reps, and he threw just well enough to get longer look because of his upside and his potential.
Pre-Combine Rank: 17
Positives: A bomber who was fantastic at the Sun Belt level. … Excellent size with a good combination of strength and quickness. … Shakes off pass rushers well.
Negatives: An unproven commodity. He's still a bit raw. … Got plenty of time to work behind a brick wall of a Troy line. … Needs a lot of work on reading defenses.

9. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss 6-3, 219
Post-Combine Skinny: Not a total disaster, but close. He didn't throw all that well even though he showed a live arm, he wasn't all that explosive jumping around, and he wasn't smooth. He didn't look like the franchise quarterback many expected he'd become a year ago at this time.
Pre-Combine Rank: 6
Positives: The prototype of size and arm strength. He looks the part. … Smart. He might not make all the right reads, but he's a smart player who knows what he's supposed to be doing. … Mobile enough to not be a stick in the mud.
Negatives: He doesn't have "it," however you want to define "it." Always a second-fiddle (didn't go to Florida because of Tebow, left Texas because of McCoy). … Too many interceptions. Made way too many poor throws last year. … Book smart, but it doesn't translate to the field.

10. Sean Canfield, Oregon State 6-4, 223
Post-Combine Skinny: The lefty was coming off a mediocre run at the Senior Bowl and didn't do anything to improve his stock. He didn't show a big enough arm, the ball didn't explode out of his hand, and he was inconsistent.
Pre-Combine Rank: 8
Positives: He has the size and the look. He's one of the few pro-style passers in the draft. … He's used to being under center and doesn't need a ton of work on his mechanics. … Smart enough to handle himself well under Mike Riley and handle all that was thrown his way.
Negatives: Doesn't have the arm to match the size. The arm is fine, but hardly special. … Sort of a one-year wonder. He was a big-time prospect who took a little while to pan out. … Had shoulder problems as a junior.

11. Tony Pike, Cincinnati 6-6, 223
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn't really help himself when it was his chance to shine. His passes fluttered and sailed, but he showed a decent arm. He wasn't all that athletic and did nothing to suggest that he can be someone's franchise quarterback. However, he wasn't so bad to fall completely off the map. He's just a developmental prospect now.
Pre-Combine Rank: 9
Positives: The X factor. He has the size and the accuracy. … Fantastic short-to-midrange passer and a nice decision maker. … Ultra-productive under Brian Kelly.
Negatives: Durability. Got banged up way too much and missed way too much time. … Questionable deep arm. The arm is decent, but hardly elite. … Possibly a system passer. He threw to open receivers and didn't have to force it to make things happen.

12. Tim Hiller, Western Michigan 6-4, 229
Post-Combine Skinny: Hiller proved to be an even more intriguing prospect after a good, interesting Combine. He has the size, he's smart, and he always impresses in person, and then he came out and exploded with a 9'10" broad jump (beating out Tebow's 9'7") and was shockingly quick for his size. He was one of the few quarterbacks who lifted with 18 reps.
Pre-Combine Rank: 16
Positives: Extremely smart. Possibly the book-smartest player in the draft. … A pro-style passer who doesn't need a lot of mechanical work. … Excellent arm. Can make all the throws.
Negatives: Suffered an extremely bad knee problems early in his career and might be living on borrowed time if he takes any big shots on it. … Not mobile in the slightest. … Needs a better release. Mechanics are fine, but he needs to get rid of the ball faster.

13. Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State 6-2, 214
Post-Combine Skinny: A bit of a nice surprise, Robinson threw extremely well with the ball flying out of his hands crisply and accurately. He ran extremely well, as expected, tearing off a 4.71, and he jumped an impressive 35" in the vertical. It was a good enough workout to make teams think he could be a longtime backup with just enough skill to step in and produce at a moment's notice.
Pre-Combine Rank: 18
Positives: Very mobile and is good at throwing on the move. … A baller. Makes things happen when nothing is there. … Good release and is good at getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry.
Negatives: He doesn't have the arm. There's a limit on what he can do. … More of a runner than a passer. … Benefitted from playing behind a fantastic, underappreciated line.

14. Mike Kafka, Northwestern 6-3, 225
Post-Combine Skinny: Was surprisingly decent. He's big, threw well, and showed decent quickness and agility. He's not going to be anyone's starter, but he was good enough and has been strong enough to get a decent look in a camp.
Pre-Combine Rank: 10
Positives: Known as a runner before coming up with a great passing senior season. … A smart, fearless player who might grow into a long-time No. 2 (and that's not a knock). … Tall. He has the size needed.
Negatives: The spread. He has to prove he can be a consistent player under center. … Not enough of an arm. Forget about anything deep on a regular basis. … A hard-ceiling on what he can do. The basic skills are lacking.

15. Daryll Clark, Penn State 6-2, 235
Post-Combine Skinny: Was big and strong with arms of a linebacker, but he projects to be a running back or something else at the next level. Was extremely strong and threw just well enough to be on the radar, but he'll end up making his money at another position.
Pre-Combine Rank: 11
Positives: Tremendous leader and great character. You want him leading your team. … Functional mobility. He's a runner when he needs to be, but he can also make things happen on the move. … Thick. He's built like a linebacker.
Negatives: Big games. He won a lot, but he didn't win many of the truly big games. … Needs work. He's hardly a polished passer. More of a baller than a pure passer. … Adequate deep arm but not accurate enough.

16. Bill Stull, Pitt
Not Invited To Combine

17. Max Hall, BYU 6-1, 209
Post-Combine Skinny: Was fine but nothing special. He moved well and did everything asked of him, but the ball didn't exactly explode off his hands and he was a bit smallish compared to the other prospects. He's a backup, nothing more.
Pre-Combine Rank: 14
Positives: Put up a ton of yards and big stats. Excellent production. … A good athlete. Slippery in the pocket and throws well on the move. … Smart on the field. Doesn't make bad decisions.
Negatives: A bit of a knucklehead. Fiery to the point of being a problem at times. … Doesn't have the size or the arm to think he can be more than a backup. … When he was bad, he was really, really bad.

18. Riley Skinner, Wake Forest 5-11, 214
Post-Combine Skinny: Small, didn't run well, and was mediocre in the jumps, but he cut well, which is more important, and he threw the heck out of the ball. His passes weren't always sharp and crisp, but he shockingly showed off a live, but erratic arm. He doesn't have the skills, but he has just enough to warrant a long look in a camp.
Pre-Combine Rank: Not Ranked
Positives: When he was on, he was on. A streaky player who is great when in a groove. … Smart and experienced. Did a great job without a slew of stars around him. … Accurate. Won't make too many misfires from short range.
Negatives: Way too small and doesn't have the tools to make up for it. … Needs mechanical work but there might not be any payoff. … When he was great he was great, but he had far too many down games.
19. Joe Webb, UAB (WR)
Not Invited To Combine

20. Rusty Smith, Florida Atlantic
Not Invited To Combine

21. Juice Williams, Illinois
Not Invited To Combine

22. Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green
Not Invited To Combine

23. Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State 5-11, 187
Post-Combine Skinny: He's not an NFL quarterback. He doesn't have the zip on his arm, he's not big enough, and he just isn't going to be under center at the next level in anything other than a Wildcat role. He's a player, though, and will almost certainly get a long look as a receiver and an emergency QB option.
Pre-Combine Rank: 22
Positives: A winner. Everyone will remember the Michigan victory, but he took ASU to two national titles. … Extremely fast. He might end up playing a speed position if he's not used as a Wildcat quarterback. … No one will want to see him in the open field one-on-one.
Negatives: Doesn't have an NFL arm. … He's not an awful passer, but he doesn't have pro skills. It's assuming a lot to think he can step in and play receiver. … Needs work and will likely spend his career as an emergency quarterback. 

24. Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee
Not Invited To Combine

25. Thaddeus Lewis, Duke 6-0, 215
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn't quite crack the six-foot barrier, coming up a quarter inch short, and he wasn't as mobile and fluid as he needs to be for his size. He threw relatively well, but didn't do anything to stand out and will be worth nothing more than a late-round flier after failing to impress too much.
Pre-Combine Rank: 25
Positives: A veteran playmaker who thrived at times under bad circumstances. … Extremely careful with the ball and doesn't make dumb mistakes. … Great on the move both as a runner and throwing it.
Negatives: Doesn't have a live arm. He's not going to drive his throws with any authority. … Not big. Doesn't have NFL size. … Tough to a fault. Will take too many shots trying to make something happen.