Evaluating QBs


The author, who is a former scout, says "I based much of my evaluation around the theories of Marc Trestman, head coach of the Montreal Alouettes."

Excellent article Bdota. Two corrections that seem trivial but are important to scouts:

Bradford is not 223 but rather 236 pounds and McCoy is 6-1 not 6-2.

I disagree with the author's optimism for Bradford, who with high odds is one huge hit away from being sidelined for good. Drew Brees sustained quite the different shoulder injury and beat 100-to-1 odds according to his own othopaedist to even play football again much less win a Super Bowl now. In the case of Bradford, the odds are high against him with the recurrence of a major shoulder injury after his rehab.

I would add Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan to the top of the list with Clausen and Tebow in no particular order.

I agree with the author's somewhat pessimistic view of Colt McCoy.

The author is spot on with regard to Tebow and Clausen too.

Also note with regard to the NFL desire for mobility, it is different than the needs in the CFL.

In the NFL even slow guys like Ben Roethlisberger, who avoids sacks via his great strength, and Dan Marino, who avoided sacks with smarts and agility to shimmy rather than scramble, can make it in the NFL. I doubt Roethlisberger and other goon-looking taller immobile guys like him in the NFL would amount to much in the CFL with such immobility.

Also I say the jury is still out on Michael Vick, Kyle Boller, and Jay Cutler as listed.

Two of these are currently NFL starters mind you, which says an awful lot in itself even given the woeful collective ability nowadays even with some of the finest ever to play, and Vick wants to compete for the job somewhere else but won't in Philadelphia.

Clarification -- Kyle Boller is not quite a starting quarterback any more.

He's an unrestricted free agent with St. Louis now who is looking for work elsewhere though did start 4 games last season.

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