This draft for the Steelers would be absolutely puke-worthy. Jeremy Cash is a reach in round 2, and he is the exact type of safety we don't need. Mitchell is best playing in the box, so we need a center fielder like TJ Green who was available. And you have to be kidding me with Cardale Jones in the 3rd. The Steelers desperately need at least 1 DL out of this draft, and you project a horrible QB prospect over Hassan Ridgeway.
Matt Ryan, Boston College
Height: 6-4. Weight: 228. Projected 40 Time: 4.73. Combine 40 Time: 4.88. Hand Size: 9 1/2. Projected Round: Top 10 Pick.
Andre' Woodson chooses not to work out, he gets criticized relentlessly by Mike Mayock. Matt Ryan eschews the throwing drills, and Mayock praises him to no end. Biased journalism, much? Oh, and despite what Mayock says, Ryan is not Peyton Manning - or Eli Manning for that matter. Still, he's the top prospect in this class.
Brian Brohm, Louisville
Height: 6-2. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.74. Combine 40 Time: 4.75. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.69. Hand Size: 9 3/4. Projected Round: 1.
Brian Brohm had an excellent Pro Day, throwing well in front of scouts and even running a 4.69 in the 40.
Brohm will be chosen at some point between Picks 20 and 48, in all likelihood.
Louisville hasn't lived up to expectations. After watching Brohm lose at Connecticut, it's safe to say he hasn't either. Brohm's pick at the end of the game was one of the worst passes I've seen out of a top-notch quarterback this season.
Chad Henne, Michigan
Height: 6-2. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.96. Combine 40 Time: 4.90. Hand Size: 9. Projected Round: 2.
Chad Henne is in a battle with Joe Flacco and Andre' Woodson to be the third quarterback taken. I would have loved to have seen more of Henne, but the NFL Network's coverage of the quarterbacks completely sucked.
Chad Henne has impressed scouts at Senior Bowl practices enough that he's emerged as the clear-cut No. 4 quarterback on this list. Henne has shown the ability to throw the ball efficiently and proven that he can avoid a pass rush.
Joe Flacco, Delaware
Height: 6-6. Weight: 236. Projected 40 Time: 4.86. Combine 40 Time: 4.78. Hand Size: 9 5/8. Projected Round: 2-3.
No surprise that Joe Flacco missed his first two passes at the combine. There's no question he has the strongest arm in this draft class, but I've always been concerned with his accuracy and pocket awareness. Still, the upside is tremendous here.
Andre Woodson, Kentucky
Height: 6-4. Weight: 229. Projected 40 Time: 4.77. Combine 40 Time: Did not run. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.85. Projected Round: 3.
Andre' Woodson put a stop to his free-falling draft stock with a solid combine. Note that the Bears were among the few teams that did not attend, which probably means they are interested in him.
Andre' Woodson should have performed at the combine. I know he had an injured hamstring, and granted I don't know how serious it was, but he really needed to rebound off a mediocre Senior Bowl. Instead, he was bashed relentlessly by Mike "I want to have Matt Ryan's babies" Mayock.
John David Booty, USC
Height: 6-2. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.83. Combine 40 Time: 4.84. Hand Size: 8 1/2. Projected Round: 3-4.
John David Booty has the smallest hands of any quarterback in this class. That could translate to a lot of fumbles (see Daunte Culpepper and Alex Smith).
Josh Johnson, San Diego
Height: 6-2. Weight: 213. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Combine 40 Time: 4.44. Hand Size: 9. Projected Round: 3-4.
Looks like Colt Brennan wasn't the only one eating hamburgers the past month. Josh Johnson ballooned from 195 to 213, and was still able to run a 4.44. Arm strength is an issue.
I don't care where you're passing the ball or whom you're throwing it to, when you have 36 touchdowns and one interception, and complete 72 percent of your passes, you deserve to shoot up draft boards.
One of the elite passers in 1-AA, Johnson has thrown for 6,586 yards, 70 TDs and only 13 INTs the past two seasons. Also rushed for more than 700 yards in
2006. Question his arm strength? The wind was howling at Monmouth, yet Johnson still managed to go 18-of-30 for 180 yards. Johnson's level of competition
must be taken into consideration, however.
Kevin O'Connell, San Diego State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.59. Combine 40 Time: 4.61. Hand Size: 8 7/8. Projected Round: 4-5.
A quarterback with great size and mobility, Kevin O'Connell led his team in rushing yards (408) and rushing touchdowns (11). He also threw for 3,063 yards and 15 scores. His 40 time really looks enticing.
Erik Ainge, Tennessee
Height: 6-5. Weight: 225. Projected 40 Time: 4.82. Combine 40 Time: 4.98. Hand Size: 9 1/8. Projected Round: 4-5.
No one was sure how well Erik Ainge would play in the wake of breaking his pinky prior to the California game. The Vols couldn't win, but Ainge was 32-of-47 for 271 yards and three touchdowns. No one will ever question his toughness again.
Ryan O'Hara, Central Oklahoma
Height: 6-5. Weight: 235. Projected 40 Time: 4.69. Projected Round: 5-6.
Ryan O'Hara is one of the true sleepers in this draft. He has the prototypical size of an NFL quarterback and great mobility to complement his build. Unlike Colt Brennan, he can make all of the throws. Level of competition is obviously an issue, but keep in mind that Arizona recruited him, so obviously someone saw him as a Division I-caliber talent. Check out this YouTube clip for some film on Ryan O'Hara.
Colt Brennan, Hawaii
Height: 6-2. Weight: 207. Projected 40 Time: 4.84. Combine 40 Time: . Hand Size: 9 3/4. Projected Round: 5-6.
Well, Colt Brennan's stock couldn't get any lower. That's why it went up. Actually, it was the fact that he gained 20 pounds and threw the ball OK.
Prior to the Senior Bowl, I had Colt Brennan as a fourth- or fifth-round prospect. Now, I'm thinking that was too high. Brennan really sucks. He has no arm strength. His side-arm release is troublesome. His attitude sucks (take off that rainbow visor and stop drawing attention to yourself). He has character issues. I'm not even sure if he gets drafted at this point.
If you want an NFL comparison, I'd say Chad Pennington.
Needs to prove he's not a system quarterback. Struggled to throw in the wind vs. Oregon State. Compiled a mind-boggling 58 TDs in 2006. A bit small for an NFL quarterback. Will be 25 years old before the 2008 season even starts.
Dennis Dixon, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 195. Projected 40 Time: 4.76. Combine 40 Time: Did not run. Hand Size: 9 3/4. Projected Round: 5-6.
Dennis Dixon wasn't ready to work out at the combine.
Forget the guy who had more picks than scores last year. Dennis Dixon was brilliant at Michigan, going 16-of-25 for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Dixon also gained 76 yards on the ground. Dixon may
have worked himself into the second day.
An elusive quarterback who can scramble for first downs. Threw more interceptions (14) than touchdowns (12) in 2006.
Matt Flynn, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 229. Projected 40 Time: 4.62. Combine 40 Time: 4.71. Hand Size: 9 1/4. Projected Round: 6-7.
Inconsistent is Matt Flynn's middle name. Sure, he won the national title in 2007, but there were some games where he dazzled everyone with his ineptness. Other weeks, he was brilliant.
Anthony Morelli, Penn State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 231. Projected 40 Time: 4.73. Combine 40 Time: 5.05. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.08. Hand Size: 9 7/8. Projected Round: 6-7.
Forget everything that happened at the combine. I'm shocked Anthony Morelli actually found his way to the combine.
Has nice size and a great arm. Looked good against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. When criticized for his inability to read defenses, lashed out at reporters. Has some off-the-field issues I've seen personally that would keep me from drafting him.
Ricky Santos, New Hampshire
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round: 6-7.
Has thrown at least 3,100 yards and 29 TDs in all three of his seasons at New Hampshire. The level of competition he has played against is very questionable.
Bernard Morris, Marshall (9/9)
Height: 6-4. Weight: 211. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Combine 40 Time: 4.68. Hand Size: 9. Projected Round: 6-7.
Bernard Morris opened some eyes when he went toe-to-toe with West Virginia, going 19-of-29 for 256 yards and two touchdowns. I'm not sure if Morris will play quarterback at the next level, but he has the athleticism to engage in some sort of Brad Smith role.
Kyle Spotts, Kutztown
Height: 6-3. Weight: 205. 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round: 7.
Kyle Spotts has decent arm strength and mobility. Level of competition is a question, but Spotts is worth a late-round pick.
Paul Smith, Tulsa
Height: 6-1. Weight: 208. Projected 40 Time: 4.85. Combine 40 Time: 4.94. Hand Size: 9 3/4. Projected Round: 7.
A bit small, but Paul Smith gets it done on the football field. A week after shredding BYU's secondary for 454 yards and five touchdowns, Smith was 22-of-32,
350 yards, two scores and two picks against Oklahoma.
Sam Keller, Nebraska
Height: 6-3. Weight: 241. Projected 40 Time: 4.95. Combine 40 Time: 4.97. Hand Size: 9 3/4. Projected Round: 7.
Sam Kellar carelessly stood in the pocket too long and fumbled the ball deep in his own territory, up three, late in the fourth quarter against Wake Forest.
Major character issues, which you just can't have from a quarterback. Threw 20 TDs and only nine INTs at Arizona State in 2005.
Adam Tafralis, San Jose State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 223. Projected 40 Time: 4.81. Combine 40 Time: 4.78. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.68. Hand Size: . Projected Round: 7.
Kyle Wright, Miami
Height: 6-3. Weight: 218. Projected 40 Time: 4.84. Combine 40 Time: 4.85. Combine 40 Time: 4.84. Hand Size: . Projected Round: 7.
Despite his inability to play well at Miami, Kyle Wright actually impressed scouts and GMs at the combine and Miami's Pro Day.
Benched in favor of the mediocre Kirby Freeman.
In 2005, threw 18 TDs and 10 INTs. In 2006, had 8 TDs, 7 INTs and a thumb injury after he accumulated those stats.
Luke Drone, Illinois State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 210. Projected 40 Time: 4.87. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.90. Projected Round: 7-FA.
One of the top 1-AA quarterbacks out there, Drone has generated at least 2,900 yards and 21 TDs the past two years. How will he fare without his top two receivers in 2007?
T.C. Ostrander, Stanford (7/30)
Height: 6-2. Weight: 227. Projected 40 Time: 4.84. Combine 40 Time: Did not run. Hand Size: 8 5/8. Projected Round: 7-FA.
Doesn't have much experience; his single-season career highs are 918 yards and four touchdowns. He completed just 45.6 percent of his passes last year, but
he had absolutely nothing to work with; Stanford's football program is currently a disgrace.
Mark Nicolet, Hillsdale
Height: 6-2. Weight: 220. 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round: 7-FA.
I'm not sure if Mark Nicolet puts enough zip on the ball to survive in the NFL, but he can scramble well. He also put up nice numbers, throwing for 3,335 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior.
Taylor Tharp, Boise State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 204. 40 Time: 4.84. Projected Round: FA.
Taylor Tharp put up decent numbers in his senior season (3,340 yards, 30 touchdowns, only 11 picks). Against his only tough opponent, however, Tharp tossed three picks in a 24-10 loss at Washington.
Blake Mitchell, South Carolina
Height: 6-3. Weight: 211. 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round: FA.
Blake Mitchell was benched after a poor performance against LSU.
The good: Mitchell threw for more than 260 yards in his last four games of the season, including four touchdowns against both Middle Tennessee State
and Houston. And what about the tough opponents? Mitchell was 24-of-33 for 275 yards at Florida in a 17-16 loss. The bad: Mitchell was suspended for a fight
with a bouncer last year. In this past spring game, he was 13-of-39 for 150 yards and two picks.
Alex Brink, Washington State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 211. Projected 40 Time: 4.67. Combine 40 Time: 5.03. Hand Size: 8 1/2. Projected Round: FA.
Alex Brink, along with John David Booty, has the smallest hands in this class.
Nick Hill, Southern Illinois
Height: 6-3. Weight: 210. 40 Time: 4.75. Projected Round: FA.
A pretty efficient quarterback, Nick Hill completed 71.5 percent of his passes and tossed just seven picks. Despite those figures, he still managed 3,175 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Jeremy Young, Southern Miss
Height: 6-3. Weight: 215. 40 Time: 4.58. Projected Round: FA.
Jeremy Young played well at Tennessee, finishing 19-of-36 for 254 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 48 yards on nine carries.
Like Brad Smith, Young will probably be asked to play another position in the NFL.
Bret Meyer, Iowa State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 204. 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round: FA.
Threw just as many touchdowns (12) as interceptions in 2006, a far cry from what he accomplished in 2005: 2,876 yards, 19 TDs, 10 INTs.
Brandon Cox, Auburn (9/27)
Height: 6-2. Weight: 202. 40 Time: 4.72. Projected Round: FA.
Brandon Cox's 2007 season is worse than his 2006 campaign; it seems like all he can do is throw interceptions.
Too inconsistent for my liking. In Week 2, 18-of-27 for 249 yards and two TDs. Against Georgia, 4-of-12 for 35 yards, one TD and four INTs.