I've been all for drafting a QB this year, however, I don't think it's realistic that Pioli makes the move to get up high enough to draft Luck or RG3. So the one thing I consistently hear is that the one stat that helps predict which college QBs will succeed in the NFL is "Completion Percentage." So let's take a look at that statistic for the college QBs who we can expect to see in the draft.
- Kellen Moore (Boise St. - 6'1" 191 lbs) 74.3%
- Dan Persa (Northwestern - 6'1" 210 lbs) 74.2%
- Brandon Weedon (OK St - 6'4" 218 lbs) 72.6%
- Russell Wilson (Wisconsin - 5'11" 201 lbs) 72.5%
- Robert Griffin III (Baylor - 6'2" 220lbs) 72.4%
Terrance Owens (Toledo) 72.2%
- Case Keenum (Houston - 6'1" 210 lbs) 71.7%
- Andrew Luck (Stanford - 6'4" 235 lbs) 70.0%
- Nick Foles (Arizona - 6'5" 245 lbs) 69.1%
Matt Barkley (USC) 69.1%
Other names I've heard kicked around on AP are Brock Osweiler (#41 - 63.2%), Tyler Wilson (#42 - 63.1%), Landry Jones (#43 - 63.1%), and Ryan Tannehill (#54 - 61.1%). They don't even make Casey Casum's Top 40.
(Note: Stanzi had a 64.1% completion percentage during his last year at Iowa, which would rank him #34 in this year's college QBs.)
I am a huge RG3 fan. He's fun to watch, and I think Andrew Luck will be a stud in the NFL. But assuming they are off the board, the other names in the top 10 grade as mid to late round prospects.
The Top 10's projected draft rounds: Moore (Rd. 4-6), Persa (Rd. 6-UDFA), Weedon (Rd. 3-5), R. Wilson (Rd. 5-7), Keenum (Rd. 4-7), and Foles (Rd. 3-5).
Assuming we don't trade up to get Luck or RG3, QB should still be on the draft radar. It would seem to make sense to get someone who is in the top 10 on accuracy, and 6 of the top 10 should be available between Rd. 3 and 7. Their main knocks are size, age (looking at you old man Weedon!), and ability to convert to a pro-style offense.
I contend that bringing in one of these 6 QBs would be an inexpensive investment, would make for a good QB competition, and provide us with a capable backup who might even surprise. I also contend that Orton, Stanzi, and/or one of these 6 mid to late round QB prospects should be able to unseat Cassel in an open competition.
I won't even be particular and say which one(s) I would prefer. I'd just like to see an extremely accurate passer in training camp this year.
Please share your insight on these 6 gentlemen, and dissect them to your heart's content.