2009 Draft Underrated/Overrated QBs
The 2009 NFL Draft, April 25-26, may be the most well-heeled crap shoot since Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit. Luck be a lady indeed for NFL GMs.
The quarterback position, in particular, has been historically difficult to handicap since college football is so different from the professional version. Tom Brady, for instance, was the 199th pick in 2000 while Hofstra quarterback Giovanni Carmazzi went at 65 that year. In 1998 Ryan Leaf was drafted second overall, while Matt Hasselbeck was picked 187th. The list goes on and on.
Therefore, in order to avoid such missteps this year, our PreDraft panel has put together its picks for 2009's QB sleeper and QB dog. No guarantees we know any better than you though, so feel free to add your own.
Overrated: I'm also not entranced by Alabama's John Parker Wilson, whose mechanics resemble an unfolded lawn chair to me.
Underrated: The underrated guy in this bunch might be West Virginia's Pat White, who everyone tags with the pejorative label, "running quarterback", when he does have enough of a pure quarterback skillset for a shot in the big leagues.
Overrated: Josh Freeman, Kansas State: Freeman has all of the tools scouts are looking for in terms of size and arm-strength, but he remains very much a work in progress. He has a tendency to stare down his receivers and only throw when his receivers are already open (rather than anticipating their breaks). To improve, he needs to play, but if he plays too soon in the NFL, the jump in competition could lead to struggles and ruined confidence.
Underrated: Stephen McGee, Texas A&M: Injuries and a reliance on the zone-option offense at Texas A&M will keep McGee from getting drafted any higher than the middle rounds. However, he showed flashes at the East-West Shrine Game, Combine and Pro Day of the arm strength, accuracy, and intelligence to warrant development.
Overrated: Graham Harrell is a system quarterback who grades out as a developmental project at the next level. He's not exactly the prospect that his press clippings would lead you to believe.
Underrated: Stephen McGee, an option quarterback at Texas A&M, showed at the East-West Shrine game and at the Combine that he has the mechanics and tools needed to play at the next level.
Being dangerously unqualified to know who will be a good pro and who will be a bust, here's who I'm rooting for, and I suppose, against.
Overrated: Chase Daniel, Mizzou. They say he's too small, but he's tough and scrappy. And who doesn't root for tough and scrappy?
Underrated: Josh Freeman, Kansas State. He needs another year of seasoning, and solid play. Just because he's a 'prototype' doesn't mean he's ready.
Underrated: Pat White, West Virgina -- Showed in NFL combine he has the
passing skills to go along with uncommon escapability
Overrated: Matthew Stafford, Georgia -- Expectations are too high, and Georgia isn't exactly Quarterback U.
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