Current NFL Black QB's
Charlie Batch QB,
Ht/Wt: 6-2.25/220, Team: Pittsburgh Steelers - (Drafted in 1998, 3rd Rd by Detroit Lions), Current Status: 2nd String
College: Eastern Michigan
BQB-Site's View: Currently Charlie Batch is serving as the 2nd string QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is playing for his hometown Steelers, but is stuck behind “Franchise QB” Ben Rothliesberger and will end his career as the high priced backup. Playing with the Steelers does have its benefits as Batch won a Super Bowl Ring (Super Bowl XL), but somehow his career seemed to other more when he was a highly touted third round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 1998. At Eastern Michigan, Batch established himself as one of the top QB's coming out, for a weak draft eligible Quarterback crop. After Peyton Manning was selected there was a huge dropoff in talent. The Detroit Lions looking for their "Quarterback of the future", drafted Batch. Batch quickly rose to the starting position in his rookie year and led the Lions to the playoff. He was a strong candidate for the NFL Rookie of the Year award. The Lions seemed to be well stocked with Batch and WR's Germane Crowell and Herman Moore, but the throwing combinations were not successful because of injury. Batch constantly was fighting nagging injuries to his hand, sternum, and legs (knees/ankles). During his time in Detroit, Batch was constantly fighting off challenges from Mike McMahon, Scott Mitchell, Gus Ferrotte, and others for the starting job due to missed time. Usually when Batch returned from injury he was a malcontent, because the team was losing and he wasn't playing. The weird thing is the Lions signed Batch to a huge contract extension after his rookie contract had lapsed. With Head Coach Bobby Ross (Drafted Batch) leaving after the 2000 season and the Matt Millen (General Manager) led regime taking over, Batch's days as the starter were numbered. Batch had the bad combination of being injury-prone and being over paid. At the time when he was let go by the Lions after the 2001 season, Batch was one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Without many takers of his services after his release, Batch signed a 1 year deal with his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers already had a crowded QB situation with Tommy Maddox and Kordell Stewart, so Batch is relegated to watching and learning for the 2002 season. Batch might be able to parlay being a "Good Soldier" for a year into a starting job somewhere else. I don't see Batch as being a 3rd String Development Type QB, but he could be a starter on a young team or a veteran backup on a contender. Batch will be remembered for having physical skills, but being injury prone.
Strengths: Good Size, Good On-Field Leadership, and Efficient Passer
Weaknesses: Injury Prone, Holds Ball too Long, Not Very Mobile, and Questionable Attitude.
2006 Numbers: 8 games played, 31 comp, 53 att, 492 yards passing,58.5 Comp %, w/ 5 TDs and 0 INTs including 15 yards rushing
Career Numbers: 64 games played, 801 completions, 1423 passes attempted, 9801 yards passing with 55 TDs and 41 INTs, plus 616 yards rushing w/ 6 TDs
Shane Boyd QB, #7
Ht/Wt: 6-4 265, Last Team: Houston Texans (Signed as UDFA by Tennessee in 2005), Current Status: 4th String
BQB-Site's View: After stints with the Steelers (Cut in 2006) and Titans (Cut in 2005 after signing as an undrafted free agent), Shane Boyd is trying to stick with the Cardinals as a developmental quarterback. The Cardinals already have entrenched starter Matt Leinart and veteran backup Kurt Warner, so he will be competing with rookie Tony Korobi to make the team and get a chance to learn and stay on an NFL roster. A good athlete who has size and speed, Boyd maybe asked to convert to another position. For now he is in camp and competing. We believe he is a “Developmental Type” QB that needs to get snaps to improve. He may need to play in NFL Europa, AFL, or CFL to learn the position, because he did not start until late in his career at Kentucky. He has the size and arm strength of McNair, but he was very erratic in college. He was stuck behind Jared Lorenzen and playing baseball in the spring hurt him in his development. He has an extremely strong arm (Relief Pitcher) and can move for a “Big” man. Runs with good power for a quarterback, possesses excellent bulk for a quarterback and flashes the ability to break tackles. May be asked to lined up at receiver or running back, which he has experience doing in college. Has good versatility and can be used on Special Teams.
Strengths: Great Size, Mobile, Strong arm, and Team Player (Other Positions).
Weaknesses: Turnovers, Needs to Spread Ball Around, and Needs to Learn How to Slide or Get Out of Bounds When Running.
Career Numbers: So far no appearances in an NFL Game
Jason Campbell QB, #17
Ht/Wt: 6-4/225, Team: Washington Redskins - (Drafted in 2005, 1st Rd, 25th Overall), Current Status: 1st String
BQB-Site's View: After sitting for the entire 2005 season, Campbell started 7 games in 2006. Campbell is poised to be the leader of the Redskins in 2007 after throwing a touchdown in every start, finishing with 10 TDs and 6 INTs. Coach Joe Gibbs believes that Campbell can be a leader and he will be counted on to get the ball down field to Santana Moss, Brandon Lloyd, and Antwaan Randle El. The Redskins traded up to grab Campbell with the 25th overall pick in 2005. The Redskins took a chance on Campbell hoping that they could get a “steal” at the end of the 1st Round. They traded up with Denver for the 25th Pick overall, in return the Redskins gave the Broncos' this year's third-round pick (76th overall) and the Redskins first- and fourth-round selections in the 2006 draft. Campbell is a very athletic quarterback and is a quick learner, as was shown by his ability to learn from four different offensive coordinators during his four seasons with the Tigers. Campbell was a major reason why Auburn went undefeated in the 2004 season and contended for a national championship. Campbell is a very experienced quarterback playing in 46 games and starting 39 of them. He finished his career completing 64.6% of his passes for 7,299 yards, 45 touchdowns and only 24 interceptions. Campbell was also an effective runner from the quarterback positions, rushing for eight touchdowns during his time at Auburn. In 2004, Campbell had his most productive season in leading the Tigers to the SEC Championship and a win in the Sugar Bowl. He finished the season with 2,700 yards passing, 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and Associated Press, and was a first team All-SEC selection.
Strengths: Good Size, Great Senior Year, Good On-Field Leadership, and Can Buy Time to Throw With His Feet.
Weaknesses: Weaknesses: Production hasn't always matched his physical tools, Could be “1 year Wonder”, and Erratic in performance (Winning and Passing.
2006 Numbers: 7 games played, 110 completions, 207 passes attempted, 1297 yards passing with 10 TDs and 6 INTs, plus 107 yards rushing w/ no TDs
Career Numbers: 7 games played, 110 completions, 207 passes attempted, 1297 yards passing with 10 TDs and 6 INTs, plus 107 yards rushing w/ no TDs
David Garrard QB, #9
Ht/Wt: 6-4/265, Team: Jacksonville Jaguars - (Drafted in 2000, 6th Rd), Current Status: 1st String
College: East Carolina
BQB-Site's View: David Garrard currently is listed as the 2nd String QB to Byron Leftwich. In 2006, he showed that he could be an effective starter when given an opportunity. He started 10 games with a 5-5 record in them. We believe he will serve as Leftwich’s backup in 2006 and then look for a starting position somewhere else. He has the Arm, Speed, and Leadership to start in the NFL, but needs a chance. The Jaguars drafted Garrard in the 6th Round and they believe he could eventually replace Mark Brunell as the starter, however he battled illness and the Jaguars decided to draft another franchise QB in Leftwich in 2003 and he is their future at the position. Garrard has the skills to succeed in the NFL and reminds me of Daunte Culpepper. Garrard was a starter at East Carolina since midway through his freshman year. He holds the school's career records with 10,238 yards in total offense (second in Conference USA annals behind Louisville's Chris Redman's 12,129 yards, 1996-99), 9,029 yards passing (second in Conference USA history), 666 completions (fourth in Conference USA) and 60 touchdown passes (third in conference). He attempted 1,169 passes and carried 516 times for 1,209 yards with 21 touchdowns. He started 38 of 41 games, throwing for at least 2,000 yards in four straight seasons.
Strengths: Good Size, Quick Delivery, Good On-Field Leadership, and Can Buy Time to Throw With His Feet.
Weaknesses: Needs to Work on his Accuracy, Game Experience and Needs to Watch Weight (Pushing the 260-pound mark)
2006 Numbers: 11 games played, 10 games started (5-5), 145 comp, 241 att, 60.2 comp %, 1735 yards passing, 10 TDs and 9 INTs w/ 250 yards rushing and 0 TDs Career Numbers: 28 games played, 18 games started, 313 comp, 539 att, 58.1 comp %, 3543 yards passing, 18 TDs and 13 INTs w/ 637 yards rushing and 6 TDs
Charlie Batch QB,
Quinn Gray QB, #5
Ht/Wt: 6-3/236, Team: Houston Texans - (Signed in 2002 as Undrafted Free Agent by Jags), Current Status: 3rd String
College: Florida A&M
BQB-Site's View: Quinn Gray currently is listed as the 3rd String QB in Jacksonville. He currently is entrenched as the 3rd quarterback for the Jags in his 5th season. Gray got the opportunity to play in 2006 in 2 games subbing for David Garrard. He had a great NFL Europe season where he led Berlin to the World Bowl title in 2006. He is a strong enough player that BQB_Site believes he will be elevated to the backup position after David Garrard is traded. He has shown in training camp and in NFL Europe that he have the talent to play in the NFL and only needs more coaching and experience. We believe that he will be a solid backup to Byron Leftwich. The Jaguars brought Gray as an undrafted free agent for training camp 2002. Gray was a highly touted player from the historically black university Florida A&M. Florida A&M is known to run a pro-style offense and Gray was well coached on the passing game. He impressed Jaguar coaches with his leadership in pre-season game and Gray made the squad. He had to beat out Roderick Robinson for the last QB position on the team. Gray and Byron Leftwich are considered the future at the QB position by the Jags. Even though the public does not know much about Gray, he has the skills to succeed in the NFL, if he is properly coached. we believe he will definitely need a couple of years to learn the position fully.
Strengths: Good Size, NFL Europe Experience and Can Buy Time to Throw With His Feet.
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Small College QB, Needs to Work on his Accuracy, and Holds Ball Too Long.
2006 Numbers: 2 games played, 0 games started, 13 comp, 22 att, 59.1 comp %, 166 yards passing, 0 TDs and 0 INTs w/ 26 yards rushing and 2 TDs
Career Numbers: 3 games played, 21 Comp, 36 Passing Att, 266 yards passing, 2 TDs and 0 INTs, plus 27 yards rushing w/ 2 TDs
Darrell Hackney QB, #4
Ht/Wt: 6-0/235, Team: Denver Broncos (Signed as UDFA by Browns in 2006), Current Status: 3rd String
College: University of Alambama-Birmingham
BQB-Site's View: After signing with the Cleveland Browns after going undrafted in 2006, Hackney was cut. He didn't play in the NFL in 2006, but he has received another chance in the league with the Denver Broncos. He is currently listed as the 3rd string quarterback behind Jay Cutler and Patrick Ramsey. Very Compactly Built QB. Hackney was very productive for a smaller D-1 program. Was a 3 year starter and has a strong, but erratic arm. Played in Senior Bowl and impressed scouts with his throwing ability. There are definite questions about his height at the next level. He looks like an UDFA type to us that will need to prove he belongs in the NFL over time. Will probably have to spend time on the Practice Squad, NFL Europe, Arena Football, or CFL to improve on his "Developmental QB" status. Reminds us of Marcus Crandell another stocky, but smallish passer that has made a career in the CFL, AFL, and NFL Europe. Has been invited to the NFL Combine.
Strengths: Solidly Built, Strong arm, Mobile, Gets Ball Out Quickly, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Forces Passes, Short (tipped passes), and Competition Questions
2006 Numbers: No Stats in 2006
Career Numbers: So far no appearances in an NFL Game
Tarvaris Jackson QB, #7
Ht/Wt: 6-1/195, Team: Minnesota Vikings (Drafted in the 2nd Rd in 2006), Current Status: 1st String
College: Alabama State/Arkansas
BQB-Site's View: Tavaris Jackson is currently the starter for the Minnesota Vikings going into the 2007 season. He was given a vote of confidence to be the starter after only 2 starts. The Vikings released veteran Brad Johnson and handed the job to the raw, but athletic Jackson. The Vikings decided at the 2006 NFL Draft that Jackson was worth a high 2nd round pick and traded up to get him to the surprise of many. He is an interesting player, because he didn't establish himself until after transferring in his Junior Year. He had to wait his turn at Arkansas first redshirting and then playing behind current Jacksonville Jaguars QB/WR Matt Jones. In 2004, led the Hornets to a 10-2 record and the first SWAC Championship game victory for a team from the East division. He threw 12 touchdown passes and only two interceptions to lead Alabama State to a 5-0 start, and saved his best overall effort for the championship match-up with Southern. Jackson threw for 275 yards, and ran for 103 yards and a score to lead the Hornets to a 40-35 victory. In 2005, started the East – West Shrine Game and that put the final highlight on a collegiate career that saw Jackson pass for more than 7,000 yards in 36 games, winning a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship and finishing as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in league history and led Alabama State to the D-1AA playoffs and showed that he could play at a high level. After transferring to Alabama State he showed the playmaking ability that he always had. He made plays on the run and in the pocket. Jackson is a smaller QB, but displays leadership and a strong arm. Jackson is a dual threat who makes plays in and out of the pocket. He will need to show talent evaluators that he can make reads and make the throws necessary at the next level. Jackson has been invited to the 2006 Scouting Combine and will get his chance to show scouts that he can follow in the footsteps of Doug Williams and Jay Walker going from a HBCU to the NFL. Was invited to the NFL Combine.
Strengths: Strong Arm, Able to Avoid Pressure, Mobile, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Playing Time, Competition, and Accuracy.
4 games played, 2 games started (0-2), 47 comp, 81 att,
58.0 comp %, 475 yards passing, 2 TDs and 4 INTs w/ 77 yards rushing and 1 TD
Career Numbers: 4 games played, 2 games started (0-2), 47 comp, 81 att, 58.0 comp %, 475 yards passing, 2 TDs and 4 INTs w/ 77 yards rushing and 1 TD
Cleo Lemon QB, #17
Ht/Wt: 6-1/200, Team: Jacksonville Jaguars- (Signed in 2004 as UDFA by Baltimore), Current Status: 2nd String
College: Arkansas State
BQB-Site's View: Cleo Lemon currently is listed as the 3rd String QB in Miami. He joined the Dolphins in a mid-season trade from the Chargers for AJ Feely. He was probably a throw in player, but we believe he can develop into a solid backup type QB. He showed in this past NFL Europe season that he is a player by splitting time with Quinn Gray (Jags) and leading Berlin to the championship. Dolphins’ Coach Nick Saban must believe that he has talent, because he brought him into a QB situation where the position is open with disappointing players Sage Rosenfelds and Gus Ferrotte leading the team in 2005. Lemon will need to continue showing the coaches something in training camp and preseason games or he will struggle to stay in the NFL. He looks like a player that needs playing time and the CFL or AFL seem like his best options. Originally the Chargers signed Lemon as a free agent for training camp 2003 and he played on their Practice Squad. He was cut in Training Camp 2002 by Baltimore Ravens after signing as an UDFA. Lemon was a highly touted player coming out of college at Arkansas State. Strengths: Good Size, NFL Europe Experience, Mobility, and Arm Strength
Weaknesses: Needs NFL Experience, Time in One System, and Accuracy.
Donovan McNabb QB, #5
Ht/Wt: 6-2/240, Team: Philadelphia Eagles - (Drafted in 1999, 1st Rd, 2nd Overall), Current Status: 1st String
BQB-Site's View: Everywhere that I go Eagles fans want to know will McNabb be healthy and ready this season after tearing his ACL in 2006. Too often I have been hearing impatient whispers that McNabb is washed up after being hurt 3 out of the last 5 years, ending two on I/R. Unfortunately for McNabb the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league, where people forget 2647 yards and 18 TD’s in 10 games in 2006 too easily. Even after 104 games, 22,080 yards passing and 152 TDs with the Eagles, his career with the franchise is on the line. He is above the Birds' magical 30 year old mark, he has an injury history, and the Eagles drafted “quarterback in waiting” Kevin Kolb (Signed to four-year contract that included $2.62 million worth of guaranteed money). No one has a crystal ball, but I have a feeling that McNabb will answer his critics McNabb should have a lot of help from Brian Westbrook who now seems to be the focal point of the Eagles new “Ground Marty” game plan, but he needs to stay healthy for the entire season. He has done more with less than any quarterback on this list. He has often kept plays and seasons alive almost single handedly (Can you say Todd Pinkston, FredEX and James Thrash). He is a 5 time Pro Bowler, who has guided the Eagles into the playoffs in 5 out of his 8 years in the NFL including Super Bowl XXXVIIII. He was the first quarterback in league history to throw for over 30 touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions in a single season (2004) and please don’t give me the lame accuracy excuses that many McNabb haters bring up (BTW: Holds the NFL Record for most consecutive passes completed with 24 in 2004 over two games). With his mobility and ability to make plays in and out the pocket, he is a force. I know the critics will also say that he has been hurt 3 out of the last 5 years, ending two on I/R, but he is a winner and leader. I believe he will follow in Palmer’s footsteps (4,000 yard, Pro Bowl Season) and not Daunte Culpepper (4 bad games then I/R) in his return from knee surgery. At 30 he is just scratching the surface and look for a rejuvenated McNabb in 2007 due to the Eagles new “Ground Marty” game plan. Went through a tough Post-Super Bowl Season in 2005. He has battled public and private criticism (T.O and Jerry Mondeshire – Philly NAACP President) while fighting a “Sport Hernia” that caused his season to end prematurely. The Eagles however have struggled without him and anyone, who knows the game knows McNabb is an elite Top 5 Quarterback. He was coming off an “MVP” Type season in 2004-05, when he joined Doug Williams and Steve McNair as the only African American QB's to lead their team to the Super Bowl. Though he lost in a decision 24-21, McNabb is on the rise and I see him going back to the big game again. He has led the Eagles to the playoffs the 5 years straight and 4 straight NFC Championship games. In 2004 he finally got over the NFC Championship hump. He also was selected to start the Pro Bowl for the NFC joining Daunte Culpepper and Michael Vick as the QB's for the NFC. Making it the first time that 3 BQB's were on the same side. In the 2003-20043 season McNabb has led the Eagles to the NFC playoffs losing in the NFC Championship where he was hurt. He made the Pro Bowl for the 3rd time. In the 2002-2003 season McNabb has led the Eagles to the number one seed position in the NFC with playoff home field advantage. In 2002 he led the Eagles to an 8-3 record and would have probably won the MVP award, but he was injured against the Cardinals in week 11. In the game against the Cardinals McNabb played on a broken fibula and still passed for 4 TD’s. In 2001 McNabb guided the Eagles to their first NFC East title since 1988 and their first appointment in the NFC title game since 1980. He also earned his 2nd trip to the Pro Bowl (was originally elected as an alternate) following the 2001 season after combining for 3,715 yards of total offense and establishing career highs in TD passes (25) and QB rating (84.3). Including playoffs, threw TD passes in 15 of 18 games and 2-or-more in 12 of those games Named by his teammates as the club's offensive MVP in 2000 and 2001. Led the Eagles in 4th qtr. comebacks in two wins vs. the Giants in 2001. In 2000, his first full season as a NFL starter, McNabb finished 2nd in the Associated Press MVP voting (24-11) to St. Louis RB Marshall Faulk. He was selected as a first alternate to the NFC Pro Bowl squad in 2000 (behind the Vikings Daunte Culpepper, 49ers Jeff Garcia, and Rams Kurt Warner). When Warner was unable to participate due to injury, McNabb led the NFC on a touchdown scoring drive in his first series. McNabb accounted for 74.6% of the team's total net yards in 2000. Only Carolina's Steve Beuerlein (75.3%) and SF's Jeff Garcia (75.1%) had a higher pct. His 629 rushing yards in 2000 were tops among NFL QB's and the 4th-highest total ever (968 by Bobby Douglass in 1972; 942 by Cunningham in 1990; and 674 by Steve McNair in 1997). His 6 rushing TD's in 2000 were the most by an Eagles QB since Randall Cunningham had 6 in 1988. Broke the club's single season record for most attempts (569) and completions (307) in 2000, Cunningham previously set those marks (301 cmps. and 560 atts.) in 1988. In 1999, started 6 of the final 7 contests as he became the first Eagles rookie to start at QB since 10/13/91 (Brad Goebel) and the first Eagles rookie draft pick to start since 1972 (John Reaves). Saw his first NFL regular season action in the 2nd half vs. TB (9/19/99). The 1st pick (2ndd overall) of McNabb was not well received in some circles, but he has made believers of the entire NFL. One of the most decorated athletes in Syracuse history, he was a four-year starter at quarterback and a key reserve on the school's nationally ranked basketball team. On the gridiron was named the Big East Conference's offensive player of the decade (1990's) and year an unprecedented three times from 1996-98 as well as the 1st-team all-conference QB in each of his four seasons. Set the Syracuse and Big East career records for TD passes (77), TD’s responsible for (96), passing yards (8,389), total off. yards (9,950) and total off. plays (1,403). Set the school's all-time records for total yds. per game (221.1), passing efficiency (155.1) and yds. per att. (9.1). Finished his career ranked 2nd in school history with 8,389 yards passing, 548 comps., 938 atts. and a 58.4 comp. percentage. McNabb started every game during his career, compiling a 33-12 record. As a senior, led SU to an Orange Bowl berth vs. Florida as he completed 157 of 251 passes (62.5%) for 2,134 yards. His 22 TD passes tied the school's single season record set by former Eagle Don McPherson (1987). Also was 135-438-8TDs rushing. Ranked 6th in the nation with a 158.9 passing efficiency rating and 22nd in total offense (233.8 yards/game). Tied a school-record with 4 TD tosses vs. Cincinnati and accounted for 5 TD’s vs. Miami (3 rushing and 2 passing). Amassed 2,892 yards in total offense in his junior season to set a school record. As a freshman, was the Big East rookie of the year and tossed a 96-yd. TD pass vs. West Virginia, the longest in SU history. He redshirted in 1994.
Along with his production on the field, his personality, leadership skills, sense of humor, hard-work ethic and attitude all add up to give Philadelphia one of the most well-rounded athletes in sports. "I play this game to be the best," said McNabb. "And the only sure way I know to be the best is to outwork everybody else. Some people take one step toward their dream, accomplish a little something and then feel like that's it. Not me. I'm never satisfied." We believe he will be the second African American Quarterback to win the Superbowl. He has all of the intangibles to be a Hall of Fame quarterback and the Eagles knew they had something special, when they made McNabb the highest paid QB in the NFL in 2002. The sky is the limit for this tremendous performer.
Strengths: Prototypical Size, Extremely Strong arm, Very Mobile, and Very Strong Leadership Skills.
2006 Numbers: 10 games, 57 Comp %,
2647 yds, 8.4 ypp, 18 TD’s, 6 INTs w/ 212 rushing yards & 3 TD’s
Career Numbers: 104 games, 58.2 Comp %, 22,080 yards, 6.8 ypp, 152 TDs, 72 INTs w/ 2726 yards rushing & 24 TDs
DJ Shockley QB, #1
Ht/Wt: 6-1/205,Team: Atlanta Falcons (Drafted in the 7th Rd in 2006), Current Status: 3rd String - I\R (knee)
BQB-Site's View: Shockley is a fine young man and is looking for an opportunity to play in the NFL. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 7th round on a whim and he beat the odds and made the team in 2006. With Michael Vick's career up in the air yo may see more of Shockley in 2007. He currently is the second string quarterback to Joey Harrington. A first year starter as a redshirt senior, who waited his turn behind David Greene. Shockley in his early years at Georgia was redshirted, injured (knee), and played as a change of pace quarterback. Many people tried to get him to transfer to another school or convert to WR, but he stayed the course and became a bonafide pro prospect. He will need to work on his passing skills, but he is electrifying outside of the pocket. He has size, speed, and moves comparable to a young Donovan McNabb. Against Boise State tied a school record with 6 touchdown passes. He showed his headiness in leading the ‘Dawgs to several hard fought wins in the SEC. Played well in the Sugar Bowl in a losing effort to West Virginia. He was a little erratic in the Senior Bowl, but showed during his Senior Season that he is a tough leader. We see him as a Day 2 pick (4th Round or Higher). He will probably be a Developmental QB and will need reps on the practice squad or NFL Europe to improve. He definitely has talent to play the Arena Football League or the CFL if the NFL does not work out. Has been invited to the NFL Combine to workout as a QB.
Strengths: Good Size, Leadership, Strong arm, and Ability to Plays in and out of the Pocket.
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Forces Passes, and Injuries
2006 Numbers: No Stats in 2006
Career Numbers: So far no appearances in an NFL Game
JaMarcus Russell QB, #2
Ht/Wt: 6-6/265, Team: Oakland Raiders (Drafted in 1st Rd, #1 Overall 2007), Current Status: 1st String
BQB-Site's View: Russell was the first overall pick in 2007 and with the Raiders their affinity for big down the field passers, he should fit right in. He has the size (6’6, 250) and arm (can throw 80 yards) to bring the Raiders back. Russell was the nation's No. 3-ranked quarterback in passing efficiency this season while setting a school record for completion percentage at 67.8 percent and for completions with 232 out of 342 attempts and tying the record for touchdown passes at 28. Russell became only the second quarterback in LSU history to throw for 3,000 yards with 3,129 and finished his LSU career with 6,525 yards and 52 touchdowns in three seasons -- two as a full-time starter. He clearly out played Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn throwing for a career-high 332 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers' 41-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Reminds me of Redskins Super MVP QB Doug Williams.
Strengths: Mobile QB, Big QB, Explosive Arm, and Leadership.
Weaknesses: NFL Experience, Signability, Weight, Forces Passes Sometimes
2006 Numbers: No NFL Stats was in college
Career Numbers: So far no appearances in an NFL Game
Brad Smith QB/WR, #16
Ht/Wt: 6-2/210, Team: NY Jets (Drafted in the 6th Rd in 2006), Current Status: 3rd String
BQB-Site's View: The NFL's newest "Slash", Brad Smith can beat in a variety of ways. The NY Jets selected him in the 6th round in 2006 and are deciding where to play him. Smith saw action as a WR, a specials teams KR, and as a QB in 2006. In 2007 expect him to see more time as a WR, because Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens are entrenched on the Jets depth chart at the quarterback position. Smith was a 4-Year Starter at QB for Missouri. Was only the second player in NCAA D-1A history to Pass for 2,000 Passing and Rush for 1,000 Rushing in the same season in 2002. He is a raw Developmental Type Passer, who is a great runner and is one of the better athletes in college football. He is high on the BIG 12 Conference’s all-time total offense list and has rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards in most of his seasons . He has over 3000 career yards Passing, and Rushing. During his senior he displayed leadership, toughness, and tenacity in leading Mizzou to many wins including a MVP performance in the 2006 Independence Bowl. He is an erratic passer that needs to work on reading coverages and not forcing passes. He will probably be asked to be an “Athlete” (WR/KR/RB) at the NFL Level. He wants to be a QB, but NFL evaluators thought he needed work when evaluating him at the East-West Shrine Game and Hula Bowl. Smith will need to decide if he wants to continue to pursue the QB position. We see him being drafted in the 6th or 7th Rounds or sign as a UDFA. He will have to contribute on Special Teams, As a Backup QB, and Running Back, because he is not an NFL level passer. He will need NFL Europe or Practice Squad seasoning if he wants to remain a QB. The CFL may be a great option for Smith, because his talents are very well suited to the larger field and he can play right away. CFL Personnel evaluators are high on him, but he wants to see how the NFL works out first. Was invited to the NFL Combine to workout as a RB and possibly as a QB.
Strengths: Good Size, Speed, Tough Runner, and Ability to Make Big Plays Throwing and Running. Weaknesses: Forcing Passes, Runs Too Soon, Interceptions, and Maybe asked to Convert to RB/WR.
Strengths: Strong arm, Heisman Pedigree, A 'winner', and Leadership
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Non-ideal size, and some say cockiness.
2006 Numbers: No Pro Stats in 2006
Career Numbers: So far no appearances in an NFL Game
Michael Vick QB, #7
Ht/Wt: 6-1/205, Team: Atlanta Falcons - (1st Rd - 2001, First BQB Drafted #1 Overall), Current Status: Suspended
College: Virginia Tech
BQB-Site's View: Drafted in 2001 with the 1st Overall Pick (First time for a black qb), he is a 3-time Pro Bowler (2002, 2004, 2005). He is 38-28-1 as a starter, has a career winning percentage of .567 and 2006, he became the first QB to rush for over 1,000 yards with 1039 yards. That is the good news, but the bad news is that in the offseason before the 2007 season allegations surfaced regarding Michael Vick and dog fighting. What started out as a minor distraction to the Falcons, morphed into a national story that surrounds the NFL. Round one of the story was the indictment of Vick and three others on July 17th, which included gruesome allegations included in the indictment. Amidst protests by PETA and other animal rights groups, Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the star quarterback to not report to Falcons training camp. The Commissioner did the move so that he and special NFL investigative attorney Eric Holder could gather as much detail as possible regarding the case. The public also found out that Falcons owner Arthur Blank was also going to suspend him for 4 weeks for misconduct (Keyshawn rule), but the Commissioner told him to wait. The NFL is trying to ensure that they have covered all of the their bases regarding the Vick case, before I believe they will issue the inevitable year long suspension that we know is coming. The NFL cannot afford to come down lightly on Vick despite him being only being charged and not convicted at the moment. Vick, who pleaded not guilty in court on July 26th and is now awaiting a November 26th trial, would be best served to strike a deal with Blank on a leave of absence with pay, so he and his high powered attorney Billy Martin can concentrate on his court battles where he is facing six years in prison and fines of up to $350,000 dollars. If he doesn’t cooperate with Blank and the NFL, you could see Vick released ala Tank Johnson with Falcons eating $6 Million dollars in 2007 and $15 Million in 2008 on the salary cap. BTW: Vick had to surrender is passport so the CFL is out of the question. In Vick’s short career he has become one of the most exciting players in the NFL. He combines WR Speed, RB Moves, and a QB’s Arm and Brain. He does not fit any mold of past passers and is a winner. He has continued to play at a Pro Bowl Level year after year and has led the Falcons to the playoffs. Vick in 2004 led his team to the NFC Championship, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. He almost rushed for 1,000 yards and was electric in his passing and running. Vick has been a star since his 2002 breakout season, when he was selected to his first Pro Bowl and led the Falcons to a huge win in the playoffs over the Packers in Green Bay (First time ever). During the regular season in 2002, Vick started 15 games and passed 421 times, completing 231 attempts for a 54.9%, 2936 yards, and 16 Touchdowns. He also led all QB’s in rushing by running for 777 yards and 8 touchdowns. He is arguably the fastest player in the NFL at any position. He has 4.2 speed in the 40 yard dash. Vick can beat you with his legs, but he also possesses one of the strongest arms and quickest releases in the league. Vick originally was a first round (1st pick overall) draft choice by Atlanta in 2001. Vick was the top overall pick in the NFL draft of 2001, after a celebrated college career at Virginia Tech. In 2001, Vick started two of eight games played. He was also used as a situational substitution at the Goal line scoring his first TD versus Carolina (9/23) when he replaced starter Chris Chandler on third-and-goal in the fourth quarter and scored his first NFL touchdown on a designed roll out. Vick’s college highlights include: One of the most exciting athletes to ever play college football. Applied for early entry into NFL draft (as a redshirt sophomore) after two seasons as Virginia Tech's starter and one appearance in National Championship Game. Led the Hokies into the National spotlight for two seasons and carried the school (on his arm and legs) to compete in the National Championship Game in his first season as a college starting quarterback in 1999. Captured the first-ever Archie Griffin Award as college football Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman that season when he led the nation in passing efficiency at 180.37, the second-highest total ever, and guided the Hokies to a perfect 11-0 regular season record. Set an NCAA record for a freshman in the process and established single-season school records for highest yards passing per completion (20.4), per attempt (12.1), highest completion % (59.2) and most yards per play (9.3). Appeared in 10 games, completing 90 of 152 passes for 1,840 yards with 12 touchdowns, and rushed 108 times for 585 yards with eight more scores. Averaged 242.5 yards of offense per game. His incredible performance in the Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State for the National Championship included completing 15 of 29 pass attempts for 225 yards with a 49 yard touchdown pass, as well as gaining 97 yards on 23 carries with a three yard score, to total 322 yards of offense in almost single-handedly engineering an upset before falling, 46-29. Finished third in the balloting for the coveted Heisman Trophy (matching the highest finish ever by a freshman) while coming away with the hardware for Big East Conference Offensive and Rookie of the Year and finished runner-up in voting for the Associated Press Player of the Year. Became the first player in Division I history to win a league's Player of the Year Award in the same season he won Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore in 2000, he completed 87 of 161 passes for 1,234 yards with eight touchdowns while carrying 104 times for 607 yards. Finished his career with a 20-1 record as starter at Virginia Tech.
BQB-Site believes before all the a strife regarding dog fighting,Vick was on his way to taking over from Randall Cunningham (1990’s) as the ultimate weapon in the NFL. Now unless he proves his innonence, you may never see him in the NFL. At this point he will be remembered as a rare athlete that was truly multi-dimensional. He has the speed of Randy Moss combines with Warren Moon’s arm and release. Defensive Coordinators are having nightmares trying to defense Vick. With an improved supporting cast, he definitely could play in the Super Bowl and possibly win the game.
Strengths: Extremely Fast (4.2 – Speed), Extremely Strong arm, Quick Release, and Cool Under Pressure.
Weaknesses: Looks to Run too Quickly, Takes A lot of Hits, Not Ideal Height, Interceptions (Double Digits in interceptions last 3 years), and has never thrown for 3,000 yards in a season .
2006 Numbers:16 games played, 204 comp, 388 atts, 52.6 % Comp, 2474 yards passing, with 20 TDs and 13 INTs plus 1039 yards rushing w/ 2 TDs
Career Numbers:74 games played, 930 comp, 1730 atts, 53.8 Comp %, 11505 yards passing, w/ 71 TDs and 52 INTs plus 3870 yards rushing (3rd All Time for QB), 21 TDs, w/ 7.3 ypc
Seneca Wallace QB, #15
Ht/Wt: 5-11/196, Seattle Seahawks - (Drafted in 2003 - 4th Rd), Current Status: 2nd String
College: Iowa State
BQB-Site's View: Seneca Wallace is listed as the 2nd QB on the Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart. He has played well in spot duty during the season and in the preseason, however he is entrenched behind franchise QB Matt Hasselbach and we do not see him getting the opportunity to start in Seattle. Wallace is great “Athletic Talent” and the Seahawks have even experimented at using him at KR/WR/RB. Wallace definitely has paid his dues in 3 years in Seattle and has Holmgren’s backing, but needs a chance to start either in NFL Europe, CFL, AFL, or another NFL Team. Wallace coming out of college was a feel-good story. He knocked around and played at a few different places (Junior College and Oregon State) before transferring and excelling at Iowa State. He believed in himself and when he had his opportunities he made the most of them. Wallace single-handedly elevated the Cyclones' program to a level that never seemed possible until his two years under center. While he was not big at just under 6-feet tall and weighing just less than 200 pounds, Wallace was instinctive, coming through with individual efforts that would make a human highlight film.
Strengths: Quick Feet, Running Ability, Strong arm, and Leadership.
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Small Size, Tipped passes, and May have to play another position.
Anthony Wright QB, #2
Ht/Wt: 6-1/210, NY Giants (Signed as in 1999 as UFA by Pittsburgh), Current Status: 3rd String
College: Univ. of South Carolina
BQB-Site's View: Anthony Wright is currently listed as the 2nd QB on the Giants Depth Chart. He signed with theGiants after playing out his contract for the Bengals in 2006. Signed with Bengals in the 2005 offseason after having started several games in 2005 with the Ravens subbing for an injured Kyle Boller, but was ineffective and only led the Ravens to one win. Wright got to play in 2005 after having spent the 2004 season on injured reserve. Wright joined the Ravens after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys following their 2002 training camp. The Raven activated Wright for the last portion of 2002 season, but he did not see action, playing behind Jeff Blake. Wright has had to fight for every opportunity he has received in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Wright as an unrestricted free agent in 1999 for training camp, but he played his way onto the 53-man roster. Wright spent the majority of his rookie season on the scout team, playing behind Kordell Stewart and Mike Tomczak. He tore his knee in 2000 and spent the year on injured reserve and was released in training camp by the Steelers. Wright seemed like a bright, young talent when replaced Troy Aikman during his first season in Dallas. Wright took the field for three starts in place of Quincy Carter in 2001 and guided Dallas to its first victory of the season. Wright had a solid career at the University of South Carolina, but he played behind heralded QB Steve Tanneyhill for most of his career. A student of the game, Wright has excellent work habits and an ability to elude pressure and make plays on the run. He no longer should be considered a prospect to start in the NFL and will probably spend the rest of his career as a backup type. BQB_Site believes he can be a good relief player in the NFL or a starter in the CFL or AFL.
Strengths: Smart QB, Some Mobility, and Can Throw on the Move.
Weaknesses: Smaller than Ideal, Interceptions, and Injuries (Knee and Shoulder). .
Vince Young QB, #10
Ht/Wt: 6-5/225, Team: Tennessee Titans (Drafted in 2006 - 1st Rd, 3rd Overall), Current Status: 1st String
BQB-Site's View: I know he is not a finished product, but he has more potential as a career quarterback than Cutler, Romo, Rivers, or anyone else that some experts want to move up to this spot. He has the intangibles and leadership that make him a winner (Go ask the mighty USC Trojans). He became the first rookie quarterback to go to a Pro Bowl (injury replacement) after starting only 11 games for the Titans. On his way to winning the Rookie of the Year, he almost led the Titans to the playoffs and finished his great rookie year with an 8-3 record as a starter including victories over the Giants, Eagles, and Colts. Ran for 552 yards w/ 7 TD's, which was the first time a rookie quarterback in NFL history had exceed 500 rushing yards. With Norm Chow and Jeff Fisher devising game plans around his mobility , look out in 2007. He will need to bring up his completion percentage and stay in the pocket more as he matures. Also look for the Titans to bring in a better receiving compliment in the next few years. Drafted number #3 overall as a Junior eligible, Young is a tall passer (6’4, 210) with rare escapability and speed. Young is one of the most explosive players in college football. He reminds us of a young Randall Cunningham. He has the arm, legs, and headiness that equate into wins. He can stand in the pocket or take off and run for an 80 yard touchdown run. Teams try to spy him, but that plays into his hands as it takes away a Linebacker in coverage. He redshirted as a freshman in 2002, but has been a gamebreaker since that point. As a redshirt freshman in 2003, he finished the season completing 60% of his passes for 1,155 yards, and six touchdowns to seven picks. He racked up Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Freshman All American honors. As a sophomore he again displayed his big play ability with 1,849 yards and 12 TD's through the air, and 1,079 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. He was Texas’ first quarterback to run and pass for 1,000 yards in a season (2004 and 2005) and led Texas to huge wins in the 2005 and 2006 Rose Bowls. In the 2006 game, he was a one man gang passing and running for 467 yards with 3 TD’s while leading Texas to an upset of USC and the National Championship of College Football. Young never gets too high or low in games and believes in his teammates. Young has made big strides as a passer and is improving every game on his throwing ability finishing 2006 leading the NCAA in passing while completing over 60% of his passes. His mechanics are inconsistent, which sometimes leads to batted balls and under throwing receivers, but he has the talent that the NFL wants. We expect him to be taken in the Top 3 Overall Picks in the 2006 NFL Draft even though he may need some years to learn the position to its fullest extent. Young is a good friend and “little brother “ of Titans QB Steve McNair and we expect him to follow in McNair’s footsteps as a solid NFL QB.
Strengths: Prototypical Size, Extremely Strong arm, Running Ability, Heady Leader, and Accurate Passer (Over 60%).
Weaknesses: Looks to Run too Quickly, Throwing Mechanics (Sling Shot Motion), and Still Learning (Junior Eligible).
2006 Numbers: 15 games, 51.5 Comp %, 2199 yards, 6.2 ypp, 12 TD’s ,13 INTs w/ 552 yards rushing & 7 TDs
Career Numbers: 15 games, 51.5 Comp %, 2199 yards, 6.2 ypp, 12 TD’s ,13 INTs w/ 552 yards rushing & 7 TDs
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