2011 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE OVERVIEW – QUARTERBACKS
February – 2011
The sixth quarterback who tested exceptionally well and who may be the best athlete of the Top Six is Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech. Taylor (6-1, 217, 4.47) might be the most intriguing prospect in the Combine. Taylor put-up Combine bests of a 4.09 in the shuttle; a 37.5 in the vertical jump; and a 126 in the Standing Broad Jump. His 1,914 MEARS RATING and 6-1 height indicates that, although he was the 2010 ACC Player of the Year at quarterback, Taylor could be drafted for another position.
Newton had the best MEARS RATING with a 2,030; while Gabbert recorded a 1,938; Locker did a 1,932; Kaepernick a 1,931; and Ponder recorded a 1,930. With these type of MEARS RATINGS, all five of these quarterbacks could become #1 Draft Choice in the April NFL Draft.
In all fairness, three other quarterbacks will be considered for a top Draft Choice, although they did not test as well in the Combine. We all know exactly what type of quarterback that Greg McElroy of Alabama and Andy Dalton of TCU will bring to an NFL Team in need of a quarterback and leader. In fact, I know both of these young men and I can tell you that between them, they have not lost more than a handful of games in their entire football career career at any level.
McElroy was injured and he did not go through the Combine or the passing drills. He did record a very good 33-inch vertical jump; a 4.45 in the shuttle; and a 107 Standing Broad Jump. His undefeated senior season in high school and undefeated season as a junior at Alabama speaks volumns as to his ability and his 168.98 passing efficiency is mind-boggling.
Dalton (6-2, 213, 4.82) was pretty impressive in the Combine as he recorded a very good 4.27 in the pro-agility shuttle; did a nice 106 Standing Broad Jump; and did a 29.5 vertical jump. Dalton had an incredible 42-7 four-year record with the Horned Frogs as a starting quarterbackand he was also a three-time Bowl Game MVP.
The third quarterback that really shocked the NFL Scouting World was Pat Devlin of Delaware. Devlin (6-3, 225, 4.81) did a 33-inch vertical jump; a 4.32 in the shuttle; and a very good 116 Standing Broad Jump. Devlin has uncanny accuracy as he completed passes at an astonishing 68% percentage as a senior.
One of my favorite quarterbacks for the last two years has been Ryan Mallett (6-7, 253, 5.24) of Arkansas. To me, he was one of the best passing quarterbacks in the country and his stats were unbelievable. Mallett did do a 24 Vertical Jump and a 103 Standing Broad Jump, but his strength is not his feet or agility, but his 6-7 height and rifle-arm.
For two straight years, Mallett broke the Razorbacks total offense record and this past season, he averaged 297.6 yards passing per game. I believe that he will be drafted early in the draft, because he may have the strongest arm in the draft.
SUPER SCOUT SUPER TEN QUARTERBACKS
1. Cam Newton – Auburn
2. Blaine Gabbert – Missouri
3. Jake Locker – Washington
4. Christian Ponder – Florida State
5. Ryan Mallett – Arkansas
6. Andy Dalton – TCU
7. Pat Devlin – Delaware
8. Colin Kaepernick – Nevada
9. Greg McElroy – Alabama
10. Tyrod Taylor – Virginia Tech
Check their MEARS RATINGS: http://maxemfinger.sharepointsite.com/Lists/2007%20Database/2011%20AABG%20NFL%20Draft.aspx?SortField=WorkFax&SortDir=Desc&View=%7b62B47062%2d16BB%2d4C59%2d8689%2d3DA45CE1C85F%7d