Top 10 QB prospects
Former NFL scout's ranking of potential draftees
Posted: Thursday February 22, 2007 2:41PM; Updated: Thursday February 22, 2007 2:41PM
Brooks, a former NFL wide receiver and cornerback, spent the last seven years as a scout for the Seahawks and Panthers and will contribute to SI.com through April's draft.
1. JaMarcus Russell, LSU: Russell has all of the physical tools teams crave. His arm strength is off the charts, and his improved accuracy has impressed scouts. Not quite a finished product, this drop-back passer will thrive in a vertical offense that plays to his strengths. He is the only true "franchise" QB in the 2007 Draft and should be taken with the first overall pick.
Comparable NFL player: Daunte Culpepper
2. Brady Quinn, Notre Dame: A very productive college QB with all of the tools to be a solid starter. A polished technician with good arm strength, accuracy and touch, he will be knocked for his inability to lead his team to wins in big games. He may not be the franchise QB that some expect him to be, but he can be a solid starter on an offense full of playmakers. He is a borderline first-round prospect who will be taken much higher due to need.
Comparable NFL player: Joey Harrington
3. Drew Stanton, Michigan State: An athletic QB with a big arm and unlimited pro potential. His velocity, zip and arm strength are impressive, but his decision-making and dip in production as a senior is a concern. Despite his disappointing statistics as a senior, Drew's talent makes him a worthy pick in the second round. He is a bit of a wild card who could develop into an elite level QB in the right environment.
Comparable NFL player: Alex Smith
4. Trent Edwards, Stanford: A talented signal-caller with good overall skills. Not quite the polished player, he still flashes a good combination of arm strength, touch and savvy. Edwards' decision-making and deep-ball arm strength aren't ideal, but he has played a ton of football in a pro-style offense. He didn't get a chance to showcase his talent due to a marginal supporting cast, but has the right ingredients to develop into a starter on the next level. He should hear his name called near the top of Round 3.
Comparable NFL player: Marc Bulger
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