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The Other Senior Bowl Quarterbacks

Posted by Matt Terl on January 27, 2011 – 2:30 pm

I compiled some of the views of quarterback prospect Jake Locker yesterday, but he’s far from the only quarterback drawing attention at the Senior Bowl. You can find detailed reviews on Iowa’s RIcky Stanzi, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton of TCU, and more all over the place — and it can make for interesting, if overwhelming, reading — but for me, two articles that I read today seemed to come together well to help broaden my focus.
The first came from Hogs Haven’s Kevin Ewoldt, who linked to a 2010 Sports Illustrated article about something called The Rule Of 26-27-60.

SI.com columnist John Lopez explains:

Here is the gist of it: If an NFL prospect scores at least a 26 on the Wonderlic test, starts at least 27 games in his college career and completes at least 60 percent of his passes, there’s a good chance he will succeed at the NFL level.

So even though this year’s Wonderlic hasn’t been administered, Ewoldt went ahead and applied what he could of that rule to this year’s prospects (doing the work on the generally held theory that — no matter what else happens rosterwise — the Redskins could really use a young QB on the roster). His findings were intriguing. Locker falls short, as do Stanzi and Kaepernick (whose name I consistently misspell), and even Cam Newton (whom Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and Don Banks believe will be the Redskins pick) misses the cut.

But two who do pass the first two steps of the Rule Of 26-27-60 are also at the Senior Bowl: Alabama’s Greg McElroy and TCU’s Dalton. Which brings me to the second article I read today: Greg Gabriel, former Director Of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears, writing about Senior Bowl QBs on National Football Post.

And he speaks very highly of Dalton and McElroy:

I like the poise they show and their overall attitude and demeanor on the field. These guys are winners. In my view, McElroy has a slight advantage. I saw him play live twice as a junior and watched at least five games this year. He has to be one of the most consistent quarterbacks in college football. He is accurate, is a playmaker and doesn’t turn the ball over. On top of that he played in a pro-style offense at Alabama. He has carried over his solid college play to the practices here in Mobile. I predict that he will be a winning quarterback when he gets to the next level. Why? He has been a winner all his life and he has the physical tools to do it.I can say the same things about Dalton. He has been a 4-year starter at TCU, been very durable and his most amazing stat is he has lost only 3 games in the last three seasons. He has a little more of a transition to make because he played in more of a spread style offense. In the practices here, he has looked good playing from under center. He can set up quickly, find the open receiver and get the ball out of his hand. He throws a nice tight ball with more than adequate arm strength.

Of course, either or both of those guys could score a 12 on the Wonderlic and thus fail The Rule Of 26-27-60, which would sort of invalidate the point of this whole post. But what these two articles did (for me, at least) was provide an easily accessible way to focus on two of the big names that haven’t been quite so talked-about so far, a couple of later-round prospects who would free up the first-round pick for the defensive lineman that I’m still hoping for.

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