2006 Draft BQB's
Ht/Wt: 6-1/195, Year: Senior
BQB_Site's View: Maurice Avery is an interesting player, because he was never really given the chance to establish himself as a QB until his Senior Year. As a senior, Avery passed for 894 yards and five touchdowns, and carried the ball 132 times for 570 yards and five scores. He had one of his biggest games in his first start of the season at quarterback against Houston when he passed for 112 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 105 yards and one score. He helped the Tigers to a victory in the Motor City Bowl. He has been moved around in the Memphis offense and WR seems to be the best fit for him. He participated in the Hula Bowl as a WR and has the speed and playmaking ability to stick around at the position at the next level. We see him being drafted late or signing as a UDFA. May need to go to NFL Europe, CFL, or Arena to learn one position. He definitely will get a long look in training camp due to versatility and the success of Antwaan Randle El in 2005.
Strengths: Fast, Team Player, and Ability to Make Plays on the Move.
Weaknesses: Inaccurate Passer, QB Inexperience, and Probably will be Switched to Another Position.
James Banks QB/WR/KR
Ht/Wt: 6-3/205, Year: Senior - Transfer
College: Carson Newman/Tennessee
BQB_Site's View: Banks is a player that never lived up to his High School billing. He was one of the most highly sought QB's in his Senior Year of High School (All USA HS Player from Indianapolis, Indiana), who signed with Tennessee over Notre Dame and Others. When he arrived at Tennessee he had to compete with Casey Clausen and CJ Leak for playing time. Banks wanting to get on the field decided to play WR as a true freshman. He provided an instant lift and looked like the next great Tennessee Wideout. He returned to play QB in 2003 after Clausen was hurt and Leak was ineffective. Banks however could not stay away from trouble. He was suspended and later dismissed from Tennessee in 2004, because of Academic Problems and alleged Drug Use. After sitting out 2004, he transferred in 2005 to Carson Newman. He never made an impact at Carson Newman, but Banks is a rare athlete that will intrigue scouts with his size/speed ratio. He has the explosiveness and body type to be an NFL WR, but there are a lot of question marks in his background. He will have to show personnel managers that he can be a solid citizen. We see him being drafted late (6th or 7th Round) or signing as a UDFA. He will need to show in camp that he can stay out of trouble and contribute. We see him having to go to the CFL or Arena League to improve his stock. He may be the WR/QB version of Maurice Clarett off the field, but hopefully not. Reminds us of former Tennessee WR Kelley Washington (Former Converted QB) on the field and may be a good NFL WR with coaching, but QB seems to be in his past.
Strengths: Good Size, Athletic Player, and Mobile Player
Weaknesses: QB Inexperience, Never lived to HS Rating, Off the Field Issues, and Questionable Attitude.
Bruce Eugene QB, #10
Ht/Wt: 6-0/260, Year: Senior (RS)
BQB_Site's View: Stocky to Heavy Built QB. Another great Grambling passer hoping to follow in the footsteps of Doug Williams and James Harris to the NFL. Eugene finished in the top three of the Walter Payton Award voting in 2002 and 2003 and had 84 career touchdowns and 9,122 yards passing going into 2005. In 2003, Eugene racked up 3,808 yards passing, 38 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions while rushing for 412 yards and six scores. Eugene missed the entire 2004 season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on a 39-yard run against Alcorn State in the season opener. In 2005, Eugene threw for 4408 Yards with 56 TD's 6 INT's and 129 Yards Rushing With 3 TD's. 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 Rohan Davey another stocky to heavy QB that is a good passer, but has to also watch his weight. Has been invited to the NFL Combine.
Strengths: Solidly Built, Strong arm, Gets Ball Out Quickly, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Weight, Shorter than Ideal, and Injuries (Knee).
Darnell Hackney QB, #3
Ht/Wt: 6-0/235, Year: Senior
BQB_Site's View: Very Compactly Built QB. 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.
Marques Hagans QB/WR, #18
Ht/Wt: 5-10/211, Year: Senior
BQB_Site's View: Marques Hagans is an interesting player, because he didn't establish himself as a QB until his Junior Year. He led UVA to a victory in the 2006 Gator Bowl. He has been moved around in the UVA offense and had to wait his turn at QB behind current Atlanta Falcon QB Matt Schaub. Hagans played WR while Schaub was at UVA, but always had an eye on the QB position. He had to prove to coach Al Groh that he was a QB and when given the opportunity in Spring ball he easily outshined heralded recruit Anthony Martinez. Hagans is a dual threat who makes plays in and out of the pocket. He is smallish at 5-10, but wants the chance to be a QB first. Hagans is a willing team player and if he does not make it as a QB, WR is a viable option. As a QB, he definitely will need to show the talent evaluators that he can see over the line of scrimmage. Hagans will be going to the 2006 Scouting Combine as a WR. We see him being a late round draft pick or UDFA, who will have to make the team on Special Teams. He may need seasoning in NFL Europe, CFL, or AFL to make it as a passer and as a WR he needs to work on his routes. He has the speed and playmaking ability to stick around at WR and he definitely will get a long look in training camp due to versatility. Has been invited to the NFL Combine to workout as a WR and possibly as a QB.
Strengths: Avoids Rush Well, Mobile, and Good Arm.
Weaknesses: QB Inexperience, Non-Ideal Height (tipped passes), and Maybe Asked to Play Another Position.
Tarvaris Jackson QB, #1
Ht/Wt: 6-1/195, Year: Senior(RS)
College: Alabama State/Arkansas
BQB_Site's View: Tavaris Jackson 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. We see him being a late round draft pick or UDFA, who will have to have a good train camp to make it. He may need seasoning in NFL Europe, CFL, or AFL to learn the "Pro" game. Should get a good look at the next level and reminds us of Cleo Lemon QB for Miami Dolphins. Has been invited to the NFL Combine.
Strengths: Strong Arm, Able to Avoid Pressure, Mobile, and Ability to throw downfield.
Weaknesses: Playing Time, Competition, and Accuracy.
Ht/Wt: 6-1/200, Year: Senior
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
Lamar Owens QB/RB/KR, #2
Ht/Wt: 5-9/200, Year: Senior
BQB_Site's View: Owens finally got his chance to lead the Midshipmen in 2005 after serving as the back up behind Craig Candeto and Aaron Polanco. He displayed leadership and option wizardry leading Navy to a 10 win season with victories over Army and in the Poinsettia Bowl. The Savannah, Georgia native threw for over 1,000 yards and Rushed for an additional 900+ yards. Owens first showed his big-play ability in the 2004 Army-Navy game, bursting around right end for a 17-yard touchdown to score the final points of Navy's 42-13 rout. With his Big Senior Year, Solid Decision Making, Change of Direction Ability and Quick Feet he should be able to make the transition from College Option QB to Special Teams Kick Returner. We look for him to follow the path of Georgia Southern QB Chaz Williams, who signed as UDFA by Green Bay in 2005 and is now a Backup RB and KR. .
Strengths: Powerful Runner, Good Decision Maker, and Great Leader.
Weaknesses: Small, Being Looked at as a KR Only, and Service Commitment.
Strengths: Great Size, Strong arm, Believes in Targets, and Leadership
Richie Williams QB, #7
College: Central Michigan
BQB_SITE's View: A physically gifted Lefthander. He is raw, but has the physical skills to succeed in the NFL. Showed at the Combine that he has the arm and athleticism to make it at the next level. Passed for 2,799 yards and 16 touchdowns, ran for 443 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and was a 3 year starter the Chippewas. Played in the shadow of Omar Jacobs on the MAC conference, but shined in the Las Vegas All American Classic All Star Game finishing 2-of-3 passing for 57 yards and a touchdown in the East's 41-3 win. Smith is the only player in CMU history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a single game. May need NFL Europe or Practice Squad seasoning.
Weaknesses: Inexperience, Throws in a Crowd, Consistency.
Marcus Vick QB, #5
Ht/Wt: 6-0/216, Year: Junior(RS)
College: Virginia Tech
BQB_Site's View: Highly recruited younger brother of former VT and Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick. Vick has had his share of ups and downs at Virginia Tech. He entered with unimaginable expectations as Michael’s brother. Marcus redshirted as a freshman and then showed some of his talents in his second season. Was used as a change of pace QB behind Bryan Randall, completing 30-57 passes for 475 yards, with two touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 102 yards on the ground, and hauled in four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. His career went south the next season as he was suspended for the 2004 season after being arrested for reckless driving and possession of marijuana. He came back in 2005 and won the QB job, and looked to have his career back on track. This past season, he earned All ACC honors after completed 61.2% of his passes for 2,393 yards to go with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Plus added 380 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. However he got in trouble again in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl. After a play, Vick got up and stomped on the back of Elvis Dumervil's knee, and Dumervil never returned to the game. Vick was then suspended for an unknown amount of games when he was yet again arrested. This time he was arrested for three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm at a McDonalds. Virginia Tech had enough and kicked him out of school, and Vick declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. Vick is a lot like Adrian McPherson drafted in 2005 after being kicked out of FSU, in that he is an awesome athlete, but has off the field and immaturity issues. He has to grow up in order to make it at the next level. He can start to change NFL Personnel’s minds at the Combine in interview sessions. We believe some team will gamble on him late in the draft and hopes that it works out (Boom or Bust, i.e. Maurice Clarett – 3rd Round Pick in ‘05), probably the Falcons. If he goes undrafted he could be a star in the CFL or AFL, but he must be committed to growing as a player or citizen.
Strengths: Accurate Passer, Quickness, Agility, and Straight-line Speed.
Weaknesses: Off-Field Issues, Decision Making, Immaturity and Small Height (tipped passes).
Ht/Wt: 6-1/195, Year: Senior
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).
Vince Young QB, #10
Ht/Wt: 6-5/225, Year: Junior (RS)
BQB_Site's View: Junior eligible for the draft, 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).
Strengths: Great Size, Strong arm, Believes in Targets, and Leadership
Richie Williams QB, #7
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