SI.com 2003 NFL Draft 2003 NFL Draft


Grading System
REX GROSSMAN
Rex Grossman - QB Position: QB
Class: Underclassman
School: Florida
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'1, 217
40 Time: 4.87
Grade: 4.15

Selected by Chicago Bears
Round 1, pick 22 (22 overall)
BIO: Started thirty-one of thirty-five games the past three seasons and an All-Conference selection as a junior in 2002 after completing 57.1 percent for 3,402 yards with 22 TDs and 17 INTs. Celebrated as a sophomore voted by the Associated Press as SEC Offensive Player of the Year, National Player of the Year and a first team All-America selection. Also second in the Heisman Trophy balloting posting 65.6 percent-3,896-34-12. SEC first team choice and a freshman All-America second team selection in 2000 throwing 61.8 percent-1,866-21-7, becoming the first freshman ever to be named MVP of the SEC championship game. Holds 18 different records for the University of Florida.

POSITIVES: Gritty, intelligent QB with a tremendous feel for the position. Quick setting up to deliver the ball, poised in the pocket and always remains calm. Buys as much time as possible, patient if the play breaks down and steps up waiting until the last second before releasing the ball. Displays outstanding field vision, finds the open wide out and throws to the safe underneath outlet just as quickly as he'll toss the ball downfield. Sells all his fakes showing an excellent play action move as well as a pump fake. Displays outstanding timing, hitting receivers as they come out of their breaks, leading targets down the field or placing his deep throws out front and letting pass catchers run to the ball. Throws strikes in the vertical game but also puts touch on his shorter passes when needed. Always stays with the play, in complete control of the team and directs the offense.

NEGATIVES: Lacks stature in the pocket, cannot escape the rush and must do a better job protecting the ball. Falls out of his throws, which impairs his accuracy. Inconsistent throwing session at the Scouting Combine.

ANALYSIS: When on his game, one of the premier QBs in this draft and a passer who shows exceptional downfield accuracy and a big league arm. Played well for the most part in 2002, though he did force passes more than usual. Does not pass the eyeball test but this could be a case where looks are deceiving. May need a little time to get adjusted at the next level but a quick thinking signal caller with both the mental and physical skills to be productive at the next level.

PROJECTION: Late First Round


Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
1 21 21 0

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
-65 58 -1.12 1

TFY Draft Preview
 


 
CNNSI