The Big 7 Quarterback Prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft

This in one of the most compelling quarterback draft classes in a long time because of the star power at the top of the draft with Luck and Griffin in conjunction with the complete uncertainty after those two players.  Some scouts love Tannehill and his upside, while others debate whether or not he she even be taken in the second round.  Others praise Weeden because of his maturity and production.  While another pocket of people like Cousins because of his leadership and experience.  All in all this is a fascinating group of quarterbacks and unlike anything we have seen in recent years.

Read about the QBs after the jump

  1. Andrew Luck, Stanford – Luck is the best quarterback prospect to come along in a long time.  A person has to look really long and really hard to find a significant flaw in his game.
  2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor – Griffin is a phenomenal athlete with a huge upside.  In addition, Griffin was highly productive this past season earning himself the Heisman trophy and leading Baylor to its best season in recent history.  However, the gap between him and Luck is a lot bigger than many like to acknowledge.  Griffin needs to improve his throwing mechanics, his footwork, and he needs to learn a pro system.
  3. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State – Weeden has been the most productive of all the quarterbacks in this draft over the past two seasons.  In that period of time he has compiled a staggering 9,004 passing yards and 71 touchdown passes, not even Luck came claim as much.  Weeden has a strong arm, great pocket presence, and is highly accurate with his throws.   He has no significant weaknesses.  Quite simply, if Weeden was 22 years old he would be a top ten pick, but he is 28 and as such will fall into either the 2nd or 3rd round of this draft.
  4. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State – Cousins was a three year starter and a three year captain at Michigan State.  Cousins has a lot of intangibles to like such as experience and leadership.  His stats are good, but not great.  He excels in the short and intermediate passing game because of his quick release, throwing velocity, and accuracy.  Cousins would be a good fit in a west coast style offense. Contrastingly he is not well suited to play in a down field attacking offense.
  5. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M – I like to able to identify an element of a prospects skills that I believe they will be able to use to succeed in the NFL, but with Tannehill I can not identify that element.  He has above average accuracy, above average arm strength, above average athleticism, and only fair pocket presence.   If neither Miami nor Cleveland falls in love with this kid he will tumble down the draft board.    I am not drinking the Tannehill Kool-Aid because there are too many pieces of his game he needs to improve.
  6. Nick Foles, Arizona – Foles had a horrible combine where he ran a 5.3 40 yard dash and looked poor in throwing drills.  Foles struggled with consistency at Arizona.  However, he has good arm strength and excellent touch on deep and intermediate throws.  Foles will need to develop for several years before he is capable of producing consistently at the NFL level.  Foles is best suited to play for a team that wants to throw the ball down the field and does not require the quarterback to move a lot.  He could be a solid 3rd or 4th round developmental selection for the Broncos or the Steelers.
  7. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State – Osweiler is a mountain of a man at 6’7” 240 lbs.  He has only been a full time starter at Arizona State for one season in which he put up good numbers.  Osweiler’s strengths are in the intermediate passing game and throws to running backs out of the backfield.  His footwork needs a lot of work and he needs to work on his throwing mechanics as there is a hitch in some of his throws.  Like Foles, Osweiler is a developmental prospect who would be best served sitting behind a seasoned quarterback.  Also, Osweiler is best suited to play in a system that attacks down field.

*This player profile was written by Ryan Craig of Beyond Football Madness.

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