NFL Gridiron Gab starts a look at some of the big names in the upcoming NFL Draft. Today – we look at the quarterbacks:
Matthew Stafford, Georgia, Junior, 6’2” 225lbs:
Strengths: Stafford has elite arm strength and is accurate enough to make every NFL throw. Has experience after being the starter ever since his freshman year. He also has worked in an offense where he is taking snaps under center, rather than in the shotgun, like most college quarterbacks.
Weaknesses: Stafford has very few weaknesses, but something that has come into question is his pocket presence, as well as leadership abilities. With all of the hype surrounding Georgia going into last season, he was unable to lead his team to the BCS, and there is the fact that he has never really dominated over the course of an entire season.
Mark Sanchez, USC, Junior, 6’2” 227lbs:
Strengths: Sanchez is very accurate with his throws, and has enough arm strength to make it on the next level. In his single season as the starter, Sanchez was dominant, with the exception of one hiccup against Oregon State, and led his team to a decisive victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, in which he was superb.
Weaknesses: The one thing hindering Sanchez is the fact that he only spent a single season as the starter. Even Pete Carroll voiced his displeasure of Sanchez leaving early, stating that he didn’t think he was ready. Another proposed weakness is that with all the talent he had in SoCal, there is the question of whether he can handle an offense with few weapons, which could be the situation of a team picking him high in this April’s draft.
Josh Freeman, Kansas State, Junior, 6’6” 248lbs:
Strengths: Has all the traits of an NFL quarterback, including elite size and arm strength. He also showcased his athleticism at the combine, which showed scouts that he has the ability to make plays on the run, or scramble for extra yards.
Weaknesses: The reason Freeman isn’t considered to be a top ten pick, like the other two QBs listed ahead of him, is many people feel he needs some polishing. If he goes in the first round, it will most likely be for his potential. He definitely needs some coaching to develop into an NFL QB, and he has shown to be inaccurate at times as well.