Posted on 15 January 2010.
The NFL Draft will be a day full of fame, emotion, large pay-checks, but most importantly, answers. With the opening rounds set to kick off on April 22nd at 7:30 p.m., many fans and players alike are asking similar questions.
Will Sam Bradford be able to recover from his season ending surgery? Will Colt McCoy be able to over the pinch nerve that sidelined him for the biggest game of his collegiate career? Will Time Tebow, arguably the best college quarterback of all time, make an impact?
As much as I’d love to give you the answers to these question, I can’t. And what makes these questions so unique is that no one in the country can predict what will be the outcome of the upcoming 2010 football season. Below are the top five quarterbacks in my eyes and their numbers that justify my reasoning:
5.) Tim Tebow (Florida)- When Tebow is mentioned, the first thing that should be noted is his will to win. The guy can’t stand losing (as we learned after the SEC Championship game where he was left in tears). In his 55 games as a Florida Gator, Tebow was an impressive 48-7. However, his freshman year he was back-up to Chris Leak. It also doesn’t hurt when you rush for 2947 yards, pass for 9826 and score 110 touchdowns in four years. Despite the numbers, the collegiate Tom Brady will have a lot to prove in the NFL this upcoming season.
4.) Colt McCoy (Texas)- This may come as a shock to some people, but his stock dropped when he announced his arm was “dead”. I understand he was emotional after being knocked out of the national championship game and he should be. I just fell of the bandwagon when he made the announcement four months before the NFL draft that he couldn’t feel his arm. Luckily, it’s only a pinched nerve and he is the winning-est quarterback in college football history with 45 wins as a starter. His 112 touchdowns to 45 interceptions make him an easy pick. Let’s hope rehab can get this star back to where he needs to be.
3.) Tony Pike (Cincinnati)- This may surprise some (all) people when I tell you that Tony Pike is the third best QB in this year’s draft. Let’s see if some of his number can change your mind: 5018 yards passing, 49 touchdowns, only 20 picks and aside from getting routed by Florida, an undefeated Senior season. Plus, in the NFL you need to be durable. Well, Pike showed us he can be durable when he played through a broken non-throwing arm his senior year. Only missing a few snaps gave his team the best chance to win. I’m not saying Tony Pike for President, but don’t overlook this kid.
2.) Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)- 8148 yards passing, 60 touchdowns in three seasons will be hard to replace at Notre Dame as this Junior announced he will enter the NFL draft. With the poise to win and improving his passer rating each season, Jimmy Clausen is a lock at number two on my board of top five quarterbacks this year. His sophomore season, Clausen threw a solid 25 touchdowns, but was accompanied by 17 interceptions. Charlie Weis, the Fighting Irish Nation and Jimmy all knew this wouldn’t be a good enough recipe for success. Looking to silence all the critiques, Clausen went out and tossed 28 TDs and only four picks his junior year. I’m glad that he was able to fill the large shoes he was given by the media.
1.)Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)- This was a no brainer. Yes, his injury set him back, but Bradford is just that good. If we include the 562 yards passing from his short-lived junior season, Bradford tossed 8403 yards through the air. Go figure; Bradford only played two full seasons. With a Heisman Trophy and a National Championship appearance under his belt, the gunslinger deserves to be taken top five in April’s draft. The 88 touchdowns isn’t too bad of a resume builder either.
As stated earlier, the numbers don’t always tell the story, but these numbers are all we have. The NFL combine in Indianapolis will have a direct impact on these young players’ stock as well. It’s a shame we all have to wait until 7:00 p.m. on April 22nd to see the results. Now it’s my turn to ask you the question:
Who’s your pick?