The 2008 NFL draft is around the corner and everybody and their brother are at the Senior Bowl or some other post-bowl football game, scouting talent. While I am not at any of these contests, I’ve done enough homework to give you my take on who is likely to be drafted this year. Below are the player’s name, school, some info about them, and some teams who have a need at that position. Here we go:
1. Matt Ryan, Boston College
I think it is common knowledge that Ryan is head and shoulders above the rest of the other QB’s who have committed to the draft. While he doesn’t have the strongest arm out there, his “intangibles” are top-notch.
Team likely to draft him: Atlanta (1st round)
2. Brian Brohm, Louisville
Is what you’d consider a “dropback” QB as his mobility isn’t that great. Has an above-average football IQ; has good accuracy, touch and timing on his passes. Only minuses are the system that he played under at Louisville and his durability (sugeries to an ACL, non-throwing shoulder and thumb).
Team likely to draft him: Baltimore (1st round)
3. Joe Flacco, Delaware
Very good size for a QB, has an outstanding arm (great deep ball). Tough as they come, with leadership abilities. Definitely not 1st-round material, but will be drafted by a team that can afford to develop a QB for a year or 2.
Team likely to draft him: Tampa Bay (2nd round)
4. Andre Woodson, Kentucky
Has the size to be successful at QB, arm strength not an issue here at all. Makes good decisions for the most part. Has leadership qualities and a good work ethic. Despite the plusses is still a work in progress as his mechanics need some work and will need to learn how to operate under non-shotgun conditions. Should be a starter in the NFL in 2-3 years.
Team likely to draft him: Chicago (1st round)
5. Chad Henne, Michigan
Comes from a strong football program. Strong, solid build for a QB; has above-average arm strength. Some downfalls – not very mobile, needs some work on his fundamentals, and can be streaky. After some refinement should be able to start, although I see him as a journeyman in the NFL long-term.
Team likely to draft him: Detroit (3rd round or later)
6. Colt Brennan, Hawaii
Has good height but could fill out his frame some (6-3, 190); OK arm strength which he compensates for with a quick release – very accurate. Has good football smarts and leadership potential. Downfalls – character issues, needs work on his throwing technique; definitely a work in progress. Can be productive in the NFL if drafted by a NFL team whose QB coach will work with him and refine him.
Team likely to draft him: San Francisco (3rd round)