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Rating the Young QBs
Peter King
October 10, 2005
Quarterback-mining continues to be the NFL's most inexact science. Of the 11 passers drafted in the first round in 2002, '03 and '04, only three have emerged as their teams' unquestioned long-term quarterbacks (four, if you count the ascending Eli Manning). Here is SI's assessment of 15 prominent QBs from the '02 to '04 drafts.
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October 10, 2005

Rating The Young Qbs

Quarterback-mining continues to be the NFL's most inexact science. Of the 11 passers drafted in the first round in 2002, '03 and '04, only three have emerged as their teams' unquestioned long-term quarterbacks (four, if you count the ascending Eli Manning). Here is SI's assessment of 15 prominent QBs from the '02 to '04 drafts.

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Kyle Boller, Baltimore, 2003 (1); Cal New offensive coordinator Jim Fassel was making progress in teaching Boller, who's out until later this month with turf toe, to play less frenetically.

Patrick Ramsey, Washington, 2002 (1); Tulane Showed signs he could be long-term QB (24 TDs ) but Joe Gibbs soured on him.

NEEDS MORE PLAYING TIME

J.P. Losman, Buffalo, 2004 (1); Tulane Good mobility, good arm, questionable decision-making, little poise. Could lose his starting job to vet Kelly Holcomb.

David Garrard, Jacksonville, 2002 (4); East Carolina Might be another Trent Green--a guy who has to find a new home to have a chance to start. Mobile, fearless, good leader.

ON THE SIDELINE, BUT INTRIGUING

Philip Rivers, San Diego, 2004 (1); N.C. State Either he or Drew Brees will be quarterbacking in another uniform on opening day 2006. The Chargers love his arm and feet.

Matt Schaub, Atlanta, 2004 (3); Virginia Great Mike Vick insurance. In training camp, Atlanta G.M. Rich McKay said he wouldn't take a first-round pick for Schaub.

Chris Simms, Tampa Bay, 2003 (3); Texas Bucs coach Jon Gruden seems to have lost faith in Phil Simms' son. If Gruden hadn't been sold on drafting Cadillac Williams, he might have taken up Denver's offer of Reuben Droughns for Simms.

Rex Grossman, Chicago, 2003 (1); Florida Poor guy: first the ruptured ACL in 2004, then the Achilles tear in August. No way the Bears can count on his being their QB of the future.

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