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Damon Allen QB, #9
Ht/Wt: 6-3/225, Age: 42, Team: Toronto Argonauts (Signed with CFL in 1985 as UDFA), Current Status: 1st
College: Cal State - Fullerton

BQB_Site's View:
Allen enters the 2006 season as one of the greatest passers in Canadian Football history. In the past 2005 season he was named offensive MVP and is a sure fire Hall of Fame player. Allen is the Brother of Hall of Fame RB Marcus Allen. He was a successful small school passer at Cal State – Fullerton and the CFL gave him opportunity to show he could play pro ball. He been one of the best passers in the CFL for over 20 years and has carved out one of the best careers in the league. He has won 4 Grey Cup Titles and is in the top 5 in completions, attempts, yards, and TD’s in CFL History. Allen was never really given the opportunity to play in the NFL early in his career and he stayed in the CFL start, because they gave him his opportunity to shine. Allen is good at avoiding pressure and has defensive reading ability. He is a pure passer, who is winding his career down and will be remembered for paving the way for all QB’s and following the footsteps of Warren Moon. Many ask why the Allen never got a chance in the NFL and the answer is he came along during an era in the mid-1980’s where Black QB’s didn’t get the same opportunity as current players. Allen was overshadowed by Randall Cunningham, who was the only BQB taken in 1985. Allen has shown that if you have talent you can succeed outside the NFL. He will probably finish career with the Argos in the next two years and will move into some aspect of the CFL either commentating, Coaching or in the Front Office.
Strengths: Great Leader, Reading Defenses and Strong Arm.
Weaknesses: Age and Not Very Mobile Now




 
Brad Banks QB, #17
Ht/Wt: 6-0/190, 40 time: 4.65, Team: Montreal Allouettes, College: Iowa,
Current Status: 1st
BQB_Site's View:
Currently Brad Banks finished his 3rd season in the CFL with the Ottawa Renegades. He spent the majority of the 2005 season as the backup QB. Banks seems to have found his niche in Pro Football playing in the CFL, because of the leagues emphasis on mobility. He came to the CFL after spending time with the Washington Redskins (NFL) during the 2003 Training Camp season. Banks came to the Redskins as an UDFA after participating in the NFL Combine, but was overlooked in the draft because of his size. He is an exciting player, who plays larger than his 5’10 size. Coaches like his leadership and arm for the CFL game. He is quick in his reads and can also run with the ball when called upon. He definitely can play in any league and is similar to Senneca Wallace (Seattle Seahawks). In the NFL, Brad Banks had a brief chance with the Steve Spurrier led Redskins. Though he was exciting in camp, he was cut and told he was not NFL material. Banks however has always beat the odds at Iowa where he led Iowa to the 2003 Rose Bowl and finished 2nd in Heisman Trophy balloting. That was after he was unheralded JC transfer, who was buried on the depth chart. He also beat the odds at Hinds Junior College, where he first played at WR and then switched to QB in his 2nd season. He quarterbacked the team to an 11-1 record and national ranking of 4th. He threw for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 500 yards while scoring 13 times on the ground. Banks is very gritty and talented, but his lack of height will always be a question to NFL Personnel evaluators. He is generously listed at 6-0 and maybe 190 pounds, which is little bigger than Seattle's Wallace, but is still a long way from the 6-4, 225 pound stud that NFL teams prefer in their potential elite QB’s. He needs to continue to develop in the CFL and try to get snaps in any league (AFL, CFL, NFL Europe), because he is a mobile young developmental type QB, who has the tools to succeed.
                                                                              Strengths: Strong arm, Ability to make plays on the Move, and Very Mobile
                                                                              Weaknesses: Height, Experience and Maybe looked at other positions (WR).



Michael Bishop QB, #17
Ht/Wt: 6-2/205, Team: Toronto Argonauts - Signed 2006, (Originally 7th RD pick in 1999 by New England – NFL), Current Status: 2nd
College: Kansas State

BQB_Site's View:
Bishop spent the 2005 CFL season as a backup in Toronto to Damon Allen. This was his second season with Toronto, where he won a Grey Cup as a backup in 2004. He seems poised to take over the position once Allen retires. Bishop also plays for the Chicago Rush in the AFL. He exploded onto AFL scene in 2005 leading the league in Rushing Yards and TD’s in his breakout season for the Grand Rapids Rampage. Though his team did not play as well as expected he showed that he is a star in the making. Bishop is a tremendously talented QB, who has traveled the main and off beaten paths in football. Originally he was drafted by the New England Patriots in 7th Round (1999). He spent 3 seasons with the Patriots and was used in a variety of ways by Bill Parcells. He excelled at the “Hail Mary” pass, because of his strong arm. The Patriots allocated him to NFL Europe in 2001, where he was a solid player for the Frankfurt Galaxy. After being cut by the Patriots due to the team going with Tom Brady, he hooked on with Green Bay Packers in training camp. However he was cut at the end of training camp. He spent the next couple of seasons in the CFL with Toronto winning a Grey Cup as a backup 2004. At KSU he was a tremendous player in his two years leading the Wildcats to a 24 – 2 record and finishing 2nd in 1998 Heisman Balloting. He also was a Junior College All-American at Blinn Junior College. Bishop has the Arm, Speed, and Ability to play in any league. We see him continuing as a starter in the AFL and CFL with an eye toward returning to the NFL as a backup.
Strengths: Strong Runner, Winner at Every Level, and Extremely Strong Arm.
Weaknesses: Interceptions, Forcing Passes, and Finding 2nd or 3rd WR.



Marcus Brady QB, #8
Ht/Wt: 5-10/205, Last Team: Hamilton Tiger Cats (Originally signed as UDFA in 2002 – Green Bay), Current Status: Free Agent
College: Cal - Northridge

BQB_Site's View:
Brady currently is the 2nd QB on the Hamilton Tiger Cats. He was obtained in a trade from the Toronto Argonauts.  He is a very mobile QB, who is a little smallish for the NFL, but has a future in the CFL. He originally signed as an Undrafted F\A and cut after training camp by Green Bay Packers in 2002. Brady was a small college QB that benefited from playing in the East-West Shrine Game and learning from Brett Favre in his one NFL training camp. Brady set several school and conference records at Cal-Northridge falling in the footsteps of Sheddrick Bonner. Was in the NCAA top 10 in Total Offense in his senior year. We see him continuing as a backup in the AFL and CFL with a chance to start, but it would take a jump in his play to return to the NFL as a backup.
Strengths: Strong Runner, Makes plays outside pocket, and Strong Arm.
Weaknesses: Smallish Size, Forcing Passes, and Runs too soon.




Henry Burris QB, #1
Ht/Wt: 6-1/190, Team: Calgary Stampeders – (Signed w/ GB and Chicago as F/A after playing in CFL - Sask.), Current Status: 1st
College: Temple

BQB_Site's View:
Henry Burris is a veteran starter in the CFL after spending time in the NFL with the Packers and Bears. He has shown in the CFL that he is a player, leading successful teams in Sask and in Calgary. He played in the NFL following four seasons in the Canadian Football League, where he signed after college. He spent 2002 as the third quarterback on the Chicago Bears depth chart and saw action in a couple games at the end of the season, because Chris Chandler and Jim Miller were hurt. In his one start Burris was not effective and was pulled. Burris benefited from learning from Brett Favre for 2 seasons. He enjoyed a record-setting collegiate career at Temple and then spent three years as a backup with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders (1997-99), languishing his first two seasons behind starter Jeff Garcia. He moved to the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a free agent in 2000 for the opportunity to be a starter and took full advantage of that chance, throwing for 30 touchdowns and over 4,600 yards in his one season with Saskatchewan. He was a member of Calgary's 1998 Grey Cup championship team. Burris has the ability to make an NFL roster, but is not starting material in the NFL and he will have a difficult time convincing NFL Personnel differently after his starts for the Bears. He has the skills to be successful, but will be best served continuing in the CFL and waiting for another backup NFL or AFL opportunity to play in the United States.
                                                             Strengths: Mobile, Strong arm, and Spent time in West Coast Offenses.
                                                             Weaknesses: NFL Inexperience, Height, and Turnovers.



Ian “Rocky” Butler QB, #12
Ht/Wt: 6-0/205, Age: 24, Team: Sask. Roughriders, Current Status: 3rd
College: Hofstra

BQB_Site's View:
Butler is a young developmental QB from Hofstra. He is still learning the pro game and is currently 3rd string QB for the Roughriders.  Butler  was signed as a free agent after going undrafted.  Butler (Allentown, PA/Louis E. Dieruff HS) won several post-season awards in his Senior year as he was named to the Walter Camp, Sports Network and the Associated Press' I-AA All-American first teams. He was also voted to the All-Atlantic 10 first team, the All-ECAC first team. Butler, who completed 206 of 335 passes for 3,311 yards and 30 touchdowns with only four interceptions during Hofstra’s 9-2 regular season, finished second to Villanova running back Brian Westbrook for the 2001 Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in I-AA. Butler ranked second in I-AA passing efficiency (171.68) and third in total offense (342.18 ypg) in 2001.   With the bigger field in the CFL, Rocky's speed and escapability will make him a double-threat for the Roughriders.
Strengths: Makes plays on the move, Accurate, and Strong Arm.
Weaknesses: Still Learning and Smallish Size.

 


Marcus Crandell QB, #8
Ht/Wt: 5-11/205, Age: 28, Team: Sask. Roughriders, Current Status: 2nd
College: East Carolina

BQB_Site's View:
Crandell is currently the 2nd QB on the Roughriders roster after Nealon Greene.  He is an experienced player, who has made stops in the NFL (Green Bay Training Camp in 2000), XFL (Memphis Maniax) and NFL Europe (Scottish Claymores - 2000).  Signed as free agent with Saskatchewan in March, 2005 after playing for Calgary.  Was exceptional in 2001 for the Calgary Stampeders.  Starting  in the Western Semi-Final, Western Final, and Grey Cup, completing 239 of 386 passing attempts for 3,407 yards and 14 touchdowns during regular season.  In the three playoff games,  he completed 40 of 57 passes for 559 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions, while leading the team to the Grey Cup and was named Grey Cup MVP.  Originally signed with the Edmonton Eskimoes in 1997 as a Free Agent.  At East Carolina,  he played all  four seasons and established more than 30 passing and offensive records.  He finished his college career in 1996 with a Pirate record of 7,198 passing yards and 58 touchdown and was a candidate for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.  Was selected first-team All-Independent and led East Carolina to two Bowl appearances, including a 19-13 victory over Stanford in the Liberty Bowl.
Strengths: Strong Runner, Makes plays on the move, and Experience.
Weaknesses: Interceptions, Forcing Passes, and Smallish Size.

 


Kevin Glenn QB, #5
Ht/Wt: 6-0/205, Age: 30, Team: Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Current Status: 1st
College: Illinois State

BQB_Site's View:
Kevin Glenn took over the reigns as the Blue Bombers' starting QB on September 5, 2004 against Saskatchewan and hasn’t looked back.  Glenn has played in 65 regular-season games and three playoff contests for his CFL career.  He was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts, May 19, 2004 less than an hour after he had been traded from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  In 2005 he appeared In eight games passing for 2,329 yards with 14 touchdown passes and eight interceptions and he also rushed 30 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns.  Played in from 2000 to 2003 for Saskatchewan.  Had his best year in 2003, dressing for all 18 regular-season games plus the 2003 West Division Semifinal and the 2003 West Division Final.  At Illinois State, he played all four years.   He set 25 school records with the Redbirds, Glenn completed 645-of-1,119 pass attempts (57.6%) for 8,032 yards and 61 touchdowns. He also rushed 247 times for 490 yards and eight scores.  He led Illinois State to its first playoff appearance and its first Gateway Football Conference Championship in 1998.                                                                                                                                                     Strengths: Strong Runner, Makes plays on the move, and Strong Arm.
Weaknesses: Interceptions, Forcing Passes, and Smallish Size.



Nealon Greene QB, #15
Ht/Wt: 5-11/205, Age: 29, Team: Sask. Roughriders, Current Status: 1st
College: Clemson

BQB_Site's View:
Greene currently is in his 4th year with the Riders.  He was obtained in a trade
in February, 2002 from Toronto.  He has been an off and on rotation type QB in his CFL career.  He is very mobile and excels playing on the bigger CFL fields.   Had his best season in 2001, completing 212 of 368 passes for 2,621 yards and 13 touchdown and also rushing for 548 yards and three touchdowns for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2001.  At Clemson, he led the Tigers to appearances in the Gator bowl in 1995 and the Peach Bowl in 1996 and 1997.  He totaled 180 pass completions in 290 attempts for 2,212 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior in 1997.                       Strengths: Strong Runner, Makes plays on the move, and Good Arm.
Weaknesses: Interceptions, Forcing Passes, and Smallish Size.




Jarious Jackson QB, #7
Ht/Wt: 6-0.5/225, Age: 28, Team: BC Lions (Drafted in 7th Rd - 2000, Denver Broncos), Current Status: 3rd
College: Notre Dame

BQB_Site’s View:
Currently Jarious Jackson is listed as the 3rd QB on the BC Lions Depth Chart. He joined the Lions after spending his entire NFL career with the Denver Broncos. For the Broncos, Jackson spent the majority of the time as their 3rd string quarterback. He never could get higher than that spot playing behind Brian Griese and others. He was the starting quarterback for the Barcelona Dragons of the NFL Europe League in 2001 and directed his squad to the World Bowl after an outstanding season. At the end of his career in Denver he unsuccessfully attempted to switch to Safety and was cut after training camp in 2004. His NFL totals were three regular season games played going seven of 13 passes (53.8%) for 73 yds. with a long of 19, and saw action in one postseason contest, completing 5 of 10 (50.0%) for 54 yds. with a long of 15. In college he had a stellar career at Notre Dame. Jackson was a 3 year starter in college and bridged the coaching tenures of Lou Holtz and Bob Davey. Jackson has benefited from his time in NFL Europe and with Head Coach Mike Shanahan, but he is not going to be an impact player in the NFL. He needs to continue to play in the CFL and maybe he can prove that he can play in the AFL or NFL (backup) again.
Strengths:
Very Mobile, Strong arm, and Strong Leadership Qualities.
Weaknesses: Holds the ball too long, Looks to Run too Quickly, and NFL Experience.

Kahri Jones QB
Ht/Wt: 5-11/195, Age: 28, Last Team: Edmonton Eskimoes, Current Status: F\A
College: California - Davis

BQB_Site's View:
Jones signed as a free agent with the Eskimoes after spending the recent season with Hamilton.  Jones, the 2001 CFL Most Outstanding Player, is a prolific passer who split the 2004 season between Winnipeg and Calgary. He finished the 2004 season completing 207 passes on 367 attempts for 2,711 yards, 12 TD’s and 10 interceptions.  The California – Davis product started his CFL career with BC (1997-1999), but blossomed into one of the league’s premier signal-callers following a trade to Winnipeg in February 2000.  During five seasons with the Bombers (2000-2004), Jones set 18 club records and was named a 2001 CFL all-star and twice earned divisional and CFLPA all-star honors.  Jones was traded to Calgary on September 24, 2004 and appeared in three games for the Stampeders. In seven active seasons, Jones has amassed more than 20,000 passing yards and thrown 144 career touchdowns.                 Strengths: Good Runner and Makes plays on the move.                                                                                                                                 Weaknesses: Interceptions, Forcing Passes, and Smallish Size.

 


Kerry Joseph QB, #4
Ht/Wt: 6-2/240, Age: 32, Team: Ottawa Renegades (Signed as UDFA by Cincinnati Bengals - 1996), Current Status: 2nd String
College: McNeese State

BQB_Site's View:
Kerry Joseph’s story is one of persistence. Teams in the NFL and CFL thought he was an “Athlete” only playing him at safety, but he persevered and got his chance to play QB. He joined the Ottawa Renegades in 2003 and asked for the opportunity to play QB, his natural position from college. He showed the coaches that he was a viable QB and is now one of the most exciting players in the CFL. In 2005, he was in the Top 10 in yards, completions, and TD’s. His NFL career started in 1996 when he attended training camp for the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the entire season on the practice roster. Played in NFL Europe in 1997, starting at QB with the NFL Europe's London Monarchs, completing 26 of 69 pass attempts for gains of 263 yards and rushing 10 times for gains of 73 yards. Later he tried out as slotback with the NFL's Washington Redskins, but was released in training camp. Went back to NFL in 1998 and started as a DB for the Rhein Fire, finishing with 3 INT’s and helping the Fire to the World Bowl Title. Following his World Bowl championship win, the Seattle Seahawks re-signed him and he tallied 21 tackles including 20 in solo playing in 16 games on defensive and on special teams. In 1999 he started four of 16 games with Seahawks, totaling 28 tackles and had 3 INT’s. In 2000, he started 10 of the 16 games with the Seahawks tallying 58 tackles. In 2001, he played with the Seahawks in eight games and released in April of 2002. He did not play professionally (competed in flag football league in home state of Louisiana) after being released from the Seahawks Seattle (NFL) in April. In College was Named MVP of McNeese State in his senior year of 1995. Led the team to a 42-11 record during four seasons as the McNeese State starting quarterback. In his senior year, the team advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA semi-finals. Set 15 McNeese records and is McNeese's all-time career total offence leader with 9,676 yards on 1,649 plays. Finished his college career with 565 Completions for 7,874 yards and 67 touchdowns, 1,802 yards and 19 touchdowns Rushing. Now that Joseph has succeeded at the QB position, he will probably finish his career in the CFL or possibly return to the NFL as a backup.
Strengths: Good Size, Strong arm, and Good Scrambler.
Weaknesses: Previously Viewed as an Athlete Only, QB Experience, and At End of Career.

 


Steven Jyles  QB, #7
Ht/Wt: 6-1/200,
Age: 22, Team: Edmonton Eskimoes(Signed as UDFA - 2006), Current Status: 3rd String
College: Louisiana-Monroe

BQB_Site's View:
Louisiana Monroe's all-time passing leader.   Jyles spent the past four seasons as the starting quarterback for the Indians. In 2005, the Baton Rouge, La., native was named the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and led the Indians to a share of the Sun Belt championship title. During the past season, Jyles became ULM's all-time leader in total offense and passing. He finished his career with 10,234 yards of total offense and 8,987 yards passing. He also holds the career marks for pass attempts (1,473), pass completions (795), and passing touchdowns (55). A dual threat, who can throw on the run or tuck it.  The Louisiana-Monroe senior passed for 80 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 31 more yards to lead the White to a 19-7 victory over the Red in the Magnolia Gridiron All-Star Classic.  Has been invited to the NFL Combine.
Strengths: Mobility, Leadership, and Good Arm.
Weaknesses: Still learning, Competition, Completion Percentage



Darnell Kennedy QB, #17
Ht/Wt: 6-0/190, Age: 24, Team: Ottawa Renegades, Current Status: 2nd
College: Alabama State

BQB_Site's View:
The Ottawa Renegades acquired Kennedy from the Calgary Stampeders for future considerations.  He has made a couple of starts in his career, playing for the injured Kerry Joseph.  He is an athletic  intriguing prospect.  Kennedy was a CFL rookie in 2002 and threw his first touchdown pass of his professional career  during Calgary's 32-12 win over the Renegades  in Calgary.  Also plays for Grand Rapids Rampage of AFL.  Kennedy caught scouts eye at the Blue/Gray football game after his senior year.  He had an outstanding career at Alabama State, where he was often compared to former Southwestern Athletic Conference MVP Steve McNair. Kennedy completed 859 of 1,571 passing attempts for 11,753 yards and 102 touchdowns during his college career. The 102 touchdowns rank third in NCAA Division 1-AA history.
Strengths: Good Runner and Makes plays on the move.
Weaknesses: Inexperience and Comes from a small school

 

 


Tee Martin QB, #9
Ht/Wt: 6-2/240, Age: 27, Team: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Drafted in 5th Rd by Pittsburgh Steelers - 2000), Current Status: 2nd String
College: Tennessee

BQB_Site's View:
Tee Martin continues his odyssey of becoming an established passer by playing in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a backup to Kevin Glenn. Martin came to the CFL after spending 5 plus years bouncing around the NFL. He most recently spent time with the Raiders as their 3rd string QB in 2003 and 2004. Before that he was on the Philadelphia Eagles roster as the 4th String QB on the practice squad in 2002. Martin was on the street for most of the 2002 season after being cut in training camp by the Pittsburgh Steelers then he signed with the Eagles after Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer were injured. Martin spent the summer of 2002 in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire and led them to the World Bowl championship game. When Martin returned to training camp in 2002, he was behind Tommy Maddox, Kordell Stewart, and Charlie Batch so he was released. Martin was a very successful college QB at Tennessee and led his team to a national championship and a perfect record as a junior in 1998. During his magical season, Martin replaced legend Peyton Manning and established school marks for efficiency and interception lows. Martin didn’t have the senior season expected and slipped to the 5th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers wanted Martin to be the heir apparent to Kordell Stewart, but he always was stuck in the 3rd QB position. Martin is an intriguing prospect, because he performed well in college, NFL Europe, and pre-season games. We believe the time that he spends in the CFL will be invaluable in his attempt to return to the NFL or the AFL. He has all the tools, but needs to show that he is still the same QB from his magical 1998 college season.
Strengths: Good Size, Strong arm, and Efficient Passer.
Weaknesses: Holds the ball too long, Not Very Mobile, and Untimely Turnovers.


 



Barrick Nealy QB, #15
Ht/Wt: 6-5 / 230,
Team: Calgary Stampeders – (Signed w/ Minnesota as an UDFA in 2006), Current Status: 2nd
College: Texas State / Houston

BQB_Site's View:
A starter for the past two seasons after transferring from Houston, Nealy has emerged as one of the top run/pass threats in I-AA. He threw for 4,331 yards in his first two seasons behind center, and also ran for 670 yards and five touchdowns during that stretch. Nealy threw for 1,202 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2004, and raised his completion percentage by 10 points to 58.7. He also ran for 409 yards and two touchdowns last year. In 2005, he threw for 2875 Yards with 21 TD's and 9 INT's, plus 1057 Yards Rushing with 13 TD's while leading Texas State to the D1-AA Championship Semi-Finals and an 11-3 record. Played in Hula Bowl and East – West Shrine Game as a QB and WR. He will stand in the pocket and deliver a strike and when things break down, he can leave the pocket and find a receiver, or tuck it and pick up yardage. Nealy is an awesome athlete, and has excellent speed. He could probably switch to wide receiver at the next level if the QB position does not work. Thick Build similar to a smaller Daunte Culpepper. We see him going late in the draft (6th or 7th Round) or signing as a UDFA. He may have to contribute as a WR to make an NFL Roster. If the NFL does not work out, he definitely could be a great CFL or Arena QB with his athleticism. Was not invited to the NFL Combine, so he will have to shine in his private workout.
Strengths: Good Size, Strong arm, Mobile, and Ability to Keep Plays Alive.
Weaknesses: Forces Passes, Competition, Interceptions, and Maybe asked to play WR.

 

Ell Roberson QB, #11
Ht/Wt: 6-0/205, Age: 25, Team: Montreal Allouettes, Current Status: 3rd
College: Kansas State

BQB_Site's View:
Roberson is a young developmental type QB.  He is still learning the CFL game.  He just completed his 2nd season with Montreal and was the backup on the Grey Cup winning squad in 2005.  In 2004, he was on the Alouettes’ roster, but did not play due to a shoulder injury.  Participated in the 2004 Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine, but went undrafted after informing scouts that he was a QB and would not switch to another position.  Went to CFL to gain experience and has the speed and arm to play at a high level.  Played in college at Kansas State (2000-2003).  Had great numbers in 2003 finishing with 2,545 yards passing, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing for 975 yards and had 24 touchdown passes and led Kansas State to an 11-3 record and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl in his senior year.  In the game he played well rushing for two touchdowns and passing for 294 yards passing in a 35-28  loss to Ohio State. In 2002, Roberson passed for 1,580 yards, seven touchdowns and just four picks while rushing for 1,032 yards... He was chosen as the MVP of the 2002 Holiday Bowl as he rushed for three touchdowns in Kansas State’s 34-27 win over Arizona State.                                        Strengths: Strong Runner and Makes plays on the move.
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Maybe asked to play other positions, and Smallish Size.

 



Akilli Smith
Ht/Wt: 6-3/210,  Team: Calgary Stampeders (Drafted in 1999 - 1st Rd, 3rd Overall by Bengals), Current Status: 3rd String
College: Oregon

BQB_Site's View:
Akilli Smith currently is listed as the 3rd QB on the Bengals Depth Chart behind Jon Kitna and Scott Mitchell. Smith is an intriguing QB, because he has all the skills to be a top level QB, but he has never put it together. Smith was a former Junior College transfer, who tried baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Smith was the Bengals 1st Round pick (3rd overall) from the 1999 NFL Draft, which was a QB heavy draft (McNabb, Culpepper, Couch, King, etc). He had a tremendous senior season at Oregon and an eye opening Senior Bowl workout, but in his short career Smith has not given the Bengals anything for the large compensation he received. Even though the Bengals are probably the worst franchise in the NFL, Smith needs to bring more to the table. The 2002 season was Smith’s last chance to show the Bengals that he was worth their investment in him. In his only action Smith disappointed again and I believe that the Bengals will cut ties with him, because he is a restricted Free Agent and is due more money. In 2001 Smith played in two games, with one start. Made his first and only start on Dec. 16 at N.Y. Jets, but he was sidelined in the second quarter with a left hamstring tear and was placed on Injured Reserve list on Dec. 18th. In 2000, Smith started Games 1-10 and was replaced by Scott Mitchell in starter's role for Game 11, Nov. 19 at New England. His 1999 rookie season was lost due to contract negotiations. Signed seven-year contract Aug. 24 and played the entire season as No. 2 QB behind Jeff Blake. Smith’s holding out for the majority of the pre-season signaled many disappointing things to come in his NFL career. Akilli Smith’s College Highlights Include: At Oregon in 1998, produced one of the most impressive years of any passer in NCAA history. Averaged 314 yards per game, with 32 TD's against just 8 INT's, and averaged 10.14 yards per attempt. Smashed the Oregon record for TD passes in a season, and also set marks for total passing yards (3763) and total offense (3947). Started 7 games as a junior in 1997, his first season at Oregon, with 13 TD passes against just 7 INT's. Played in 1995-96 at Grossmont (Calif.) JC. As a freshman in '95, passed for 2162 yards and 17 TD’s, earning team MVP award and All-Foothill Conference honors ... Named first-team All-American in '96, completing 199 of 363 passes (55%) for 3212 yards, 32 TD’s and 9 INT’s.
I believe that Akilli Smith’s short career will be remembered for being a high draft choice that did not work out. He held out of his rookie training camp and never was on the same page of his playbook or teammates. He truly hits the mold of a QB, who had a great senior year and parlayed that success into a high round draft choice. He has not lived up to being the third player taken and has had numerous nagging and season-ending injuries. The best thing for Smith would be to get away from the Bengals, who I believe are the worst managed team in the NFL. Smith will be a restricted free agent after the 2002 season and I expect the Bengals to sever ties with him. Smith "might" be able to jump start his career somewhere else, but I would not count on it. He may have to go the route of Tommy Maddox, another 1st round pick who bombed out with his original team, but found his success ten years later with the Steelers.
Strengths: Prototypical Size, Strong arm, Very Mobile, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Injury Prone, Holds the ball too long, Interceptions, Off the field Issues (Alcohol), and Has Not Lived up to 1st Round Ability.





Ted White QB,
Ht/Wt: 6-5/245, Age: 30, Team: Montreal Allouettes, Current Status: 2nd
College: Howard

BQB_Site's View:
Spent the 2005 season as the backup to Anthony Calvillo with the Grey Cup champions.  White is an experienced player who has spent time in the NFL (KC - 1999, TB - 2000, Jaguars - 2001, and Raiders - 2002), CFL (Montreal 2003 to Present), and NFL Europe (Frankfurt - 2000, Barcelona - 2002).  He is a big strong armed QB that has the all the numbers that scouts look for in a prospect.  Has bounced around as a backup in the NFL and CFL, so he needs to find a home, because he has the talent to be a starting QB.  Originally he signed as an UDFA  by KC (NFL) in 1999 and spent time on their active and practice squad rosters.  White had a brilliant college career at Howard University, starting 38 games.  He holds the school and conference records for most passing yards (9,713) and most touchdown passes (92).  He also holds his school’s record for the most pass completions (638) and attempts (1,169).  In his four years at Howard, he rushed for six touchdowns.  White had his best season in 1998, completing 220 of 388 pass attempts for 3,296 yards and 31 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.  In 1997, he was named to the conference All-Star team.  In 1996, he led the Howard Bisons to the Black College National Championship, completing 174 of 289 pass attempts for 2,814 yards and setting a school record with 36 touchdowns.  The Associated Press selected him to the third All-American team.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Strengths: Big Pocket Passer, NFL Experience, and Strong Arm.
Weaknesses: Forces Passes and Needs to stay in one system for a while.


 

Richie Williams QB, #17
Ht/Wt: 6-1/195,
Team: Hamilton Tigercats, Current Status: 2nd String
College: Appalachian State

BQB_Site's View:
Small College QB (D-1AA) that led his team to the National Championship in 2005. He is a sleeper who has gone unnoticed, because he plays at Appalachian State. In 2005, he threw for 2645 Yards with 18 TD's, 3 INT's and 852 Yards Rushing with 5 TD's while leading ASU to 12 wins. Williams set ASU single-season records for passing yards (3,109), completions (234), touchdown passes (24), completion percentage (.669) and total offense (3,393) in 2004. Williams finished in the top fifteen in Walter Payton voting in 2004 and 2005. He also was a first-team all-Southern Conference selection in 2004 and 2005. Williams isn't overly big at 6-1 and 195 pounds, but runs well in the mid 4.6 range. Williams showed that he could play against the larger schools when facing LSU and Kansas this past fall. Williams has been invited to the combine and will get another chance there to show he belongs. We expect him to go undrafted or be a 7th Round pick. He will need to show in Training Camp, the CFL, Arena Football, Practice Squad, or NFL Europe that he is more than a small college superstar.
Strengths: Prototypical Size, Extremely Strong arm, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Fumbling Problems, Holding the ball too long, Interceptions, and a side arm delivery (tipped passes).





Spergon Wynn QB, #3
Ht/Wt: 6-3/226, Team: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Drafted in 7th Rd, Cleveland Browns - 2000), Current Status: 3rd String
College: Southwestern Texas State

BQB_Site's View:
Spergon Wynne is currently playing the CFL as the 3rd QB behind Kevin Glenn with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Wynne has seemed to hang on in the NFL and CFL due to his Pro-Size, but he needs to improve. He was traded to the Blue Bombers from the BC Lions after the 2003 season. He signed with the BC Lions after being cut by the Vikings in the NFL. Wynne came to the NFL relatively unknown in the 2000 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Browns in the seventh round (183rd overall). The Browns former Head Coach drafted Wynne to be the backup to Tim Couch. Wynne however did not perform well when Couch was injured and was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a future draft choice on September 2, 2001. With the Vikings Wynne saw spot duty and did not get to take any significant snaps, playing behind Daunte Culpepper. Wynne spent the summer of 2001 in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals. In 2001 NFL Season, Wynne played in three games and started two on the season. He set team records in attempts (39) and completions (24) by a Vikings' quarterback playing in his first game vs. Jacksonville (12/23), filling in for an injured Todd Bouman on the second drive of the game. Wynne started his first game at Green Bay (12/30) and went 11-30 for 114 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to tight end Byron Chamberlain. The pass to Chamberlain was the first touchdown pass of his career. Wynne also started at Baltimore (1/7/02) in the season finale and completed 13-29 passes for 86 yards. Dressed but inactive as the third quarterback for the first 12 games of the season. In 2000, Wynne appeared in seven games during his rookie season for Cleveland, including one start, and completed 22 of 54 passes for 167 yards with one interception. Recorded career-highs vs. Cincinnati (10/29) with seven completions, 82 yards passing, and a long pass of 32 yards to Kevin Johnson. Made his NFL debut at Oakland (9/24) late in the fourth quarter and completed two of five passes for 15 yards. Wynne’s College Highlights Include: Despite playing only two seasons at Southwest Texas State, ranks sixth on the school's career-record list with 3,497 yards passing. All-Southland Football League second-team choice in 1999. Completed 161 of 323 passes for 1,646 yards and 14 touchdowns in '99. In 1998, started every game and completed 173 of 284 passes for 1,851 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wynne attended the University of Minnesota from 1995-97 and lettered once. We believe Wynne could be a good backup in the CFL or AFL. He does have the size and knowledge of Pro Style offenses that coaches like and has already spent time in NFL Europe. When has gotten the chance to play he has not lived up to expectations. He needs to continue to learn and play or he may out of a job.
Strengths: Prototypical Size, Strong arm, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Holding the ball too long, Interceptions, and Has not shined during NFL Games.



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