2011 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE OVERVIEW – QUARTERBACKS

QB Cam Newton really put on a show for the NFL Scouts at the 2011 NFL Super Combine.

2011 NFL SCOUTING COMBINE OVERVIEW – QUARTERBACKS

By
SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER
February – 2011

Thumbnail There were Six Quarterbacks who tested really well and also looked outstanding in the passing drills. Cam Newton (6-5, 248, 4.59) of Auburn really put on a show for the NFL Scouts at the Scouting Combine as he ran a 4.59 in the forty; did a 35-inch vertical jump; ran an outstanding 4.18 in the pro-shuttle; did a 126 Standing Broad Jump; and did 15 Reps of 225 on the bench press.Blaine Gabbert (6-4, 234, 4.62) also looked exceptionally good as did a 35-inch vertical jump; did an amazing 4.12 in the pro-shuttle; and a 120 Standing Broad Jump to finish with a 1,938 MEARS RATING. Gabbert also looked really great in the passing drills and he only enhanced his opportunity to be drafted as a #1 Draft Choice.Three other quarterbacks looked outstanding and did extremely well in the Combine. Those three included Jake Locker (6-3, 231, 4.59) of Washington; Colin Kaepernick (6-5, 233, 4.53) of Nevada; and Christian Ponder (6-2, 229, 4.63) of Florida State who really put on a show. All three quarterbacks did unbelievable pro shuttles that demonstrated an outstanding quickness for a quarterback as Ponder ran a 4.09; Locker ran a 4.12; and Kaepernick ran a 4.18.

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

 
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My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be "Diamonds in the Rough" to be found. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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