THE SUPER SEVEN QUARTERBACKS FOR THE 2012 NFL DRAFT!
by Super Scout Max Emfinger
Yes! I was at the 2005 Brownwood High School Homecoming Football Game. You remember that game at The Brownwood Homecoming that pitted the Brownwood Lions and their junior quarterback Jarrett Lee against visiting Copperas Cove and their sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin. I can’t even remember who won that game, but I do remember that I was very impressed with Lee, and I thought that the young sophomore quarterback from Copperas Cove named Griffin was going to be Special. Lee, of course, transferred to Brenham with his dad, Stephen Lee, and then signed with LSU.
Even at this early age, Griffin was a speedy, athletic quarterback who could beat you in so many ways with his arm and with his legs, but mostly his legs. Copperas Cove used Griffin and his athletic abilities to move the football up and down the football field and win football games. In High School, Griffin was also pretty accurate, although he did not have great mechanics. I thought that when Griffin got to be a junior or senior, he would be one of the most heavily recruited athletes in the State of Texas and he was, but only Baylor and Houston offered him in Texas.
At the same time, in Houston, Andrew Luck was also putting-up some huge numbers for Houston Stratford and he was also using his legs and with a very strong arm. As a junior in high school, Luck completed 196 of 338 for 2,684-yards and 19 touchdowns. At this point, Luck was on every single recruiting list and then as a senior, he completed 176 of 257 for 2,926-yards and 27 more scores. Even with these fabulous stats, Luck only received offers from Stanford, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Rice, and Virginia.
In 2008, many of the college coaches had either already picked-up their quarterback with a junior committment or they simply were not looking for a quarterback. Terrelle Pryor, Dayne Crist, and Blaine Gabbert were the Top Nationally Rated Quarterbacks, but Landry Jones, Darron Thomas, E.J. Manuel, Luck, and Griffin were also rated really high.
Luck signed with Stanford and became their Super Star quarterback. He started as a true freshman and was voted to the Freshman All-American Team. In his last two years, Luck led The Cardinal to Back-to-Back Eleven-win seasons. As a senior, Luck had eight games with three touchdown passes or more and in 15 of 37 starts, Luck threw three touchdown passes in 15 of them.
To demonstrate his great accuracy, in Game #6 of his senior season, Luck completed 25 of 33 passes for 370-yards and three touchdowns; but he had six dropped passes and one interception, in their 48-7 victory over Colorado, and the interception was a deflection of a perfect pass off one of his wide receivers hands.
Luck is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in recent years, but he is also a great athlete with great athletic abilities. Except for Griffin, there are no other quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft that has done a 36-inch vertical jump; a 124 in the Standing Broad Jump; and an excellent 4.28 in the pro-shuttle. Luck also ran a 4.6 in the forty in high school. With these great measurables, Luck (6-4, 234, 4.67) recorded the #2 MEARS RATING of all players in the 2012 NFL Draft with a 2,008 MEARS RATING.
Coach Art Briles found Robert Griffin aka RG III and he had him committed to the Houston Cougars, but Coach Briles then took the job at Baylor, and convinced him to follow him to Baylor. And it really paid off. Coach Briles watched Griffin play one day and then told his coaching staff that they needed to hide him from the rest of the country. Griffin did get some National attention with offers from Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kansas, but he should have had over thirty or more other offers.
In 2009, Griffin had a season-ending knee injury, but he came back and had two sensational years in 2010 and again in 2011 in which he moved from fourth or fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy. Griffin also won the Davey O’Brian Award as the number one quarterback in the country.
In his first game of the season in 2011, Baylor hosted TCU. The Horned Frogs had just gone 13-0 in 2010 and 12-1 in 2009. So in the last two previous seasons, the Frogs had put together the best record in the country with a 25-1 record. The Frogs were also favored to beat the Bears by three touchdowns. So in this game, Griffin had his greatest “Coming-Out-Party” as he showed to the world who was going to be the best player in the country as he completed 21 of 27 passes for 359-yards and five touchdowns; rushed for 32-yards; and caught a crucial pass for 15-yards from WR Kendall Wright as the Bears UPSET TCU 50-48 in Waco. Griffin finished with 406-yards of total offense. After this game, every college football fan and Sports Media person was made aware of RG III.
In the 8th game of the season, Griffin completed 27 of 41 passes for 401-yards and three touchdowns and he also rushed for 64-yards on 18 carries, giving him 465-yards of total offense as the Bears beat Missouri by a 42-39 score.
Then in the 10th game of the 2011 season, the Baylor Bears picked up their seventh win when they got another impressive UPSET victory over #5 ranked Oklahoma. RG III was simply sensational in this game, with another legendary performance, as he found Terrance Williams for the game-winning touchdown pass with eight seconds left to play in regulation.
Griffin had a sensational game, passing for a school-record 479-yards and four touchdowns in addition to a team-high 72-yards rushing. Each of the four touchdowns went to a different receiver. Griffin picked up 30 of those rushing yards on the final drive, also buying time with his legs to hit Williams in the back of the end zone for a 34-yard scoring strike.
The Bears, who had not won in 20 previous meetings against Oklahoma, scored touchdowns on three straight drives in the second half. In the third quarter, RG III completed an 87-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright that tied the score at 24-24. This touchdown pass, from Griffin to Wright, was one of the most incredible touchdown catches in the history of college football. The football was thrown to another receiver who tipped the football twenty-yards down the field where Wright caught the football on the dead run to complete the 87-yard touchdown. Baylor finished with 616-yards of total offense for the game, including 208-yards by Kendall Wright.
The Baylor Bears had never beat Oklahoma while in the Big-12 and they had not beaten Texas in so many years, it’s hard to remember when they did win. With RG III at the offensive controls, Baylor beat The Longhorns in 2010 and 2011. One win at home in Waco and one win in Austin. And then they beat Oklahoma and Landry Jones.
Griffin left Baylor, as a junior, with school records, including 6,073 passing yards; 7,628 total offensive yards; 41 touchdown passes; responsible for 64 touchdowns; and an amazing 143.3 passing efficency record. RG III set or tied 54 school records in three full seasons at Baylor, finished the 2011 season with single-season school records of 4,293 yards; 37 passing touchdowns; and an incredible passing efficiency rating of 189.5 which was the second-best in NCAA BCS College Football history. RG III led a powerhouse Baylor offensive attack that ranked second in total offense (587-yards per game); fourth in scoring (45.3 points per game); and RG III passing efficiency with an incredible 191.2.
RG III finished his collegiate career as one of three players in NCAA BCS College Football history to top 10,000 career passing yards with a school-record 10,366-yards and 2,000 career rushing yards with 2,254.
RG III did an exceptional 40-inch vertical jump and a 4.3 in the forty in high school as a 195-pounder, so he has always been a Super Combine Freak. At 223-pounds, at the 2012 NFL Super Combine, he recorded a 39-inch vertical jump; ran a 4.38 in the forty; and did a 120 Standing Broad Jump. With these incredible measurables, Griffin (6-2, 223, 4.38) recorded the #1 MEARS RATING of all players in the 2012 NFL Draft and with a World Record 2,226 MEARS RATING.
2010 Heisman Trophy Cam Newton and cornerback Patrick Peterson had the Top Two MEARS RATINGS in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton had the World Record MEARS RATING with a 2,070 MEARS RATING and Peterson had a 2,048 MEARS RATING.
When Matt Barkley and Landry Jones decided to stay in college another year, this hurt the Quarterback Draft Field, making Griffin and Luck the overwhelming consensus Top Two players and Top Two quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Then the Indianapolis Colts let Peyton Manning go to the Denver Broncos to make room for Luck and they will probably take him in the First Selection in the First Round, leaving Griffin to be Selected #2 by the Washington Redskins who have the #2 Selection in the First Round. If the Colts take Griffin, then the Redskins will take Luck. These may be done deals before Draft Day.
Super Athletic Quarterback Ryan Tannehill took over at midseason in 2010 after playing wide receiver for his whole Texas A&M college career and he led the Aggies to an undefeated regular season finish. Tennehill was a Wing-T Formation quarterback in high school at Big Spring, Texas and he didn’t throw the football that much, but he was considered to be a great athlete who could play any number of positions, including wide receiver or safety. Tannehill certainly did a lot better than a lot of people had expected.
On one particular Saturday in 2011, the Texas A&M Ryan-to-Ryan Passing Combo was as good as there was in the country this year. Ryan Tannehill was sensational as he completed 25 of 37 passes for 415-yards and career-high six touchdowns. Tannehill also ran for 55-yards, giving him 470-yards of total offense. Ryan Swope caught 11 of his passes for 206-yards and an amazing career-high four touchdowns to lead #21 Texas A&M to a 55-28 UPSET victory over RG III and #20 Baylor. The Bears got within six points after a touchdown run by Terrance Ganaway in the third quarter, but the Aggies scored 21 straight points to take a 55-28 lead with about six minutes remaining in the game. Swope caught his fourth touchdown catch, his second 68-yard reception of the game during this span. He also had a 68-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He also scored on 8 and 5 yard catches. “Both Ryan’s just keeps getting better and better,” Coach Mike Sherman said. “They are fierce competitors and will do whatever they can to win the football game,” said Coach Sherman. Texas A&M finished with a season-high 681-yards of offense.
What is interesting about Tannehill is that Coach Mike Sherman is the new Offensive Coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and the Dolphins are looking for a quarterback and Tennehill could fill their need. The Dolphins have sent at least five or six executives to College Station for testing and evaluations and Tennehill has been very impressive.
In one scripted workout by the Dolphins, Tennehill completed an impressive 65 of 68 passes. The Cleveland Browns have the #4 Selection in the First Round and they have also worked Tennehill out and he also impressed them. Tennehill only has 19 quarterback starts in college, but he has an impeccable work ethic; has great athletic abilities; and is a great Playmaking Quarterback.
Tennehill (6-4.5, 224, 4.58) was injured and did not get to compete in the 2012 Super Combine, but he was able to run a forty on Texas A&M Pro-Day and he ran a great 4.58. He also did a 34-inch vertical jump; a great 4.25 in the pro-shuttle; and a 112 Standing Broad Jump, giving him a very good 1,933 MEARS RATING.
Kirk Cousins is the greatest quarterback to ever play for Michigan State. He finished the last two seasons with Back-to-Back Eleven-Win seasons. He is a tremendous leader who motivates his teammates to play harder and be better players. Cousins also has a tremendous work ethic and his 28 reps of 225 on the bench press, makes him one of the strongest quarterbacks on the planet.
In high school at Holland Christian, Michigan, Cousins was a very good quarterback, but he did not get the credit that I think that he deserved. He was an athletic quarterback who ran a 4.25 pro-shuttle ane he did a great job throwing on the run, but he was not a running quarterback. He passed for 1,200-yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, but he came back as a senior and passed for 2,100-yards and 28 touchdowns. Cousins had offers from Michigan State, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Toledo, and Western Michigan.
Cousins is one of the most amazing quarterbacks in the country that was not a Heisman Trophy candidate. First of all, Cousins is the only quarterback on the Planet that is a three-year team captain for his football team. Secondly, Cousins is the only quarterback, in recent memory, that in four years as a starter, never lost to Michigan.
In the critical game against Wisconsin, Cousins threw a “Hail-Mary” pass that the Spartans call “Rocket” and Keith Nichol caught it for the winning touchdown in a 37-31 victory over previously undefeated and #4 ranked Wisconsin. “We practice the “Rocket Play” every Thursday for twenty to thirty minutes, because we never know when we will use it,” said Cousins. “We knew we had a chance! There’s always a chance.”
Nichol scored into the same side of the same end zone as Michigan State’s winning touchdown against Notre Dame last year, which came on that fake kick in overtime in another memorable night game at Spartan Stadium. The leadership of Cousins was exhibited just before half-time when he found WR B.J. Cunningham over the middle on a fourth-and-2. Cunningham turned the clutch catch into a 35-yard touchdown, giving Michigan State a 16-14 lead with 1:20 left in the half, but the Spartans weren’t done. They used timeouts to stop the clock and forced a punt, which Kyler Elsworth blocked. The ball bounced back to the end zone, where Bennie Fowler was credited with the recovery for a touchdown with 37 seconds to play.
On the final play of the game, there were four-seconds left when Cousins rolled to his right and threw the ball about 50-yards toward the end-zone. It went into the end-zone, but bounced off the face mask of Cunningham and into the hands of Nichol, who caught it just outside the end zone, then fought two or three Wisconsin defenders and just barely broke the goal line. On this incredible play, there were at least 12 players within a ten-yard radius of the football at the end of the play. Nichol, the former backup quarterback, was initially ruled short of the end zone, but officials overturned the call after a review, giving the Spartans the victory and knocked the Badgers from the unbeaten.
One other important stat on Cousins: He was a perfect 9-for-9 passing when facing three or fewer Wisconsin pass rushers; including 4-for-4 on the final game-winning drive. Cousins won his 22nd game as the Michigan State starting QB, becoming the program’s all-time wins leader.
Cousins (6-3, 214, 4.79) does not have great speed, but he is athletic and he is a great Playmaker, leader, and winner. He recorded a good 1,893 MEARS RATING. He is projected to go in the third or fourth round of the NFL Draft, but don’t be surprised if Cousins goes in the second round.
Another one of my favorite quarterbacks this season was Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State. We watched Weeden all season turn the Cowboys offense into one of the most explosive units in the country. In 2009, after an 0-9 start, the former Yankee minor-league pitcher came off of the bench and guided a comeback victory over Colorado when he passed for 248-yards.
Then in 2010, Weeden passed for a school record 4,277-yards and 34 touchdowns. He also completed 67% of his passes. Although playing with a sprained thumb for most of his junior season, Weeden still set a school record against Baylor with 435-yards passing. Then as a senior in 2011, Weeden completed 408 passes out of 564 attempts for 4,727-yards and 37 touchdowns, including 399-yards and three touchdowns in the 41-38 victory over Luck and Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. Weeden has one of the strongest arms of any quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In the Kansas game in 2011, Weeden was just incredible. He completed 24 of 28 passes for 288-yards with five minutes left in the second quarter and he left the game. Before going to the bench, Weeden had 288-yards and five touchdown passes and his team was already ahead of Kansas by a 56-6 score at halftime. The Jayhawks scored first, and then Oklahoma State scored 56 consecutive points before halftime.
Weeden did not even play football until his junior year and he was only a quarterback starter for one season in 2001. Weeden was a Super Star pitcher, but in that senior season at Edmond Santa Fe, Oklahoma, he led his senior team to the State Semi-Finals.
In the 9th game of his senior season, Weeden completed 36 of 46 passes for an incredible 502-yards as he kept bringing the Cowboys back and he passed for four touchdowns. Weeden set a school record by passing with his 502-yards as the #3 Cowboys beat Kansas State by a 52-45 victory. He had a .782 passing-percent with his four touchdowns in the game.
Weeden engineered three crucial scoring drives in the decisive fourth quarter by completing 6-of-8 passes for 111-yards and a touchdown in the final quarter. Weeden is always in complete control of this offense and all of its offensive weapons. In this game, he was pretty sensational.
At the Oklahoma State Pro-Day, Weeden was outstanding as he completed 42 of 52 passes and had several passes dropped, including two drops by his favorite receiver, Justin Blackmon. Weeden also ran an excellent 4.45 in the pro-shuttle and did a great 32 in the vertical jump. If you watch him play, you will understand why I feel that Weeden is another NFL #1 Draft Choice, regardless of his age. He also impressed a lot of NFL Scouts and his NFL Stock skyrocketed.
In a little over two years, Weeden completed 766 passes out of 1,102 attempts for 9,260-yards and 75 touchdowns. With a very good 1,932 MEARS RATING, don’t be surprised if his name is called before the First Round is over.
Russell Wilson (5-11, 204, 4.55) is an unbelievable quarterback who played professional baseball and then ended-up playing quarterback for North Carolina State for three years. Wilson actually graduated, but he still had one year of eligibility left and so he transferred to Wisconsin. In 2010, Wilson was the Wolf Pack Team Captain and he completed 308 passes out of 527 passes for 3,563-yards and 28 touchdowns.
Since Wilson did not have to sit out a year, he immediately became the starter and then he was immediately voted to became the Badger Team Captain. In a typical game, Wilson completed 23 of 32 passes for 347-yards and three touchdowns and rushed five times for another 37-yards; giving him 384-yards in a 49-7 victory over Northern Illinois.
In the 2011 season, Wilson completed 225 of 309 passes for 3,175-yards and 33 touchdowns in 14 games. Wilson also led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl and he set an NCAA passing efficiency record with a 191.78 Passing Rating.
Wilson went to the NFL Scouting Combine and he was outstanding as he did a 4.55 in the forty; a tremendous 4.09 in the pro-shuttle; and a great 118 Standing Broad Jump. Although Wilson is still 5-11, he is so impressive and he is such a great Playmaker, some team is going to Draft him. I believe that he will go in a mid-round, probably third or fourth. Wilson also recorded a great 1,908 MEARS RATING, eventhough he is a 5-11 quarterback. I can think of at least two other short quarterbacks who were pretty successful in the NFL. Do you remember Ty Detmer and Drew Brees?
The most intriguing quarterback in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft has got to be Case Keenum of the Houston Cougars. His passing stats and achievements makes him one of the most impressive quarterbacks in college football history. He is also one of only two BCS College quarterbacks to have thrown for 5,000-yards in two different seasons. Keenum passed for 5,671-yards and 44 touchdowns in the 2009 season and then came back and did it again in the 2011 season as he passed for 5,631-yards in leading the Cougars to a school record 13-1 record, including a 30-14 victory over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl.
At the 2012 NFL Super Combine, Keenum pulled a hamstring on his second forty and he was in pain for the rest of the Super Combine and was not able to perform to the best of his ability. So when the Houston Pro-Day came, Keenum was excited to perform and he ran a great 4.31 in the pro-shuttle and did a great 18 reps of 225 on the bench press.
If you do some research on Keenum, you will find that he was a Super Combine Freak for a quarterback. In high school at Abilene, Texas, Keenum ran a 3.97 in the pro-shuttle; did a 4.62 in the forty; did a 36-inch vertical jump; and did 17 reps of 185 on the bench press. The Drew Brees type Keenum received only one scholarship offer in high school just as Brees and he is a great Playmaker, just like Brees.
In the third game of the 2011 season, Keenum orchestrated the biggest comeback in Houston Cougar history as he completed 25 of 40 passes for 351-yards and three touchdowns to overcome a 27 point third quarter deficit as the Cougars edged Louisiana Tech by a close 35-34 score. The Cougars trailed 34-7 with 5:11 left in the third quarter, but Keenum led the Coogs to 28 unanswered points that kept them undefeated. The game-winner was a 32-yard touchdown catch by Patrick Edwards with 1:36 left.
In game #6, Keenum completed 30 of 39 passes for 304-yards and three touchdowns in 56-3 victory over East Carolina. In game #8, Keenum completed 39 of 44 passes for 407-yards and two touchdowns and passed the career passing record of Timmy Chang of 17,072- yards passing for Hawaii from 2000-04. Keenum finished the game with 17,212 yards passing as the Cougars beat UAB by a 56-13 score. Houston (9-0, 5-0 C-USA) just won their first nine games in school history. The Coogs were 8-0 in 1979 and 1990.
Keenum completed a 16-yard pass to WR Justin Johnson in the third quarter to pass the Timmy Chang record. Kennum tied the Chang record with a 26-yard pass to Johnson on the previous play. Keenum, who threw nine TD passes against Rice last week, completed his first 11 passes against UAB (1-8, 1-5, C-USA). Keenum began the night 267-yards away from matching the Timmy Chang record. Two weeks ago, Keenum became the NCAA BCS College Football career leader in total offense as he completed 24 of 28 passes for 376-yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars beat Marshall by a 63-28 score.
Then against Rice, Keenum threw an incredible nine touchdown passes in a 73-34 victory. After Keenum had just thrown his fifth touchdown pass against Rice to set the NCAA BCS College Football record for career touchdown passes, Head Coach Kevin Sumlin was screaming at the officials to give him the football. They didn’t hear him and the record-setting football sailed into the stands as Houston kicked the extra point. Coach Sumlin was relieved as he watched the fan that caught the football throw it back onto the field so he could present it to his quarterback after the game.
Keenum (6-1, 210, 4.62) is a winner and a great Playmaker and I believe that he will surprise a lot of fans and some NFL Scouts when his name is called. Keenum has a good 1,885 MEARS RATING.
I think that Case Keenum is an intriguing quarterback, but Brock Osweiler might be even more intriguing. Here is a 6-7.5 quarterback who was a great basketball player and he has great athletic abilities and has great athleticism. In the fall of 2008, Osweiler had already given Gonzaga a verbal in basketball back in June 2006. Osweiler was a great Combo Forward.
In 2008, as a junior in high school, Osweiler passed for 3,250-yards and 31 touchdowns and he was a Quarterback Freak, but he was living in Kalispell, Montana. Osweiler had offers from Stanford, Washington State, and Arizona State, and he was also being heavily recruited by Florida State, Alabama, and UCLA.
His big decision was whether to play college football or college basketball. Osweiler thought about it all of the time. Then one day in class, Osweiler heard a little voice inside him say Arizona State Football. He left class and called his dad and his coach and they both were very supportive of his decision. He also called Coach Dennis Erickson. Since he had never been to Phoenix or to the Arizona State campus, this was a pretty big decision.
In 2009, Osweiler was a Redshirt Freshman. In game #8, the starters were struggling and the fans started chanting: “We want Brock!” He then came off the bench in the first quarter of the UCLA game and led in the comeback victory.
In 2011, Osweiler opted not to play basketball and concentrate on football. In Game #2, Osweiler completed 26 of 35 passes for 387-yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 21-yards and a touchdown as the Sun Devils beat Missouri by a 37-30 score. Aaron Pflugrad caught 9 passes from Osweiler for 194-yards, including touchdowns of 60 and 25 yards.
In game #6 in 2011, Osweiler completed 25 of 41 passes for 325- yards and three touchdowns in the 35-14 victory over Utah. Osweiler also rushed for 34-yards, giving him 359-yards of total offense in the victory as he passed for 380-yards and four touchdowns.
Osweiler surprised a lot of people when he decided to opt for the 2012 NFL Draft as a junior. Osweiler was not invited to the 2012 NFL Super Combine, but there was some heavy interest in him by the NFL Scouts on Arizona State Pro-Day. He did not let the NFL Scouts down as he was very impressive as he completed 66 of 75 passes in the scripted workout. Several passes were dropped to make his workout even more impressive.
Osweiler says that he is 6-7.5 barefooted and 6-8 with his shoes. He’s athletic; has a very good arm; and he recorded a very good 1,894 MEARS RATING. Osweiler is projected by a lot of NFL Scouts as a second or third round Draft Choice, but don’t be surprised when his name is called in the First or Second Round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
THE SUPER SEVEN QUARTERBACKS FOR THE 2012 NFL DRAFT!
by Super Scout Max Emfinger
1. Robert Griffin – Baylor – 2,226 MEARS
2. Andrew Luck – Stanford – 2,008 MEARS
3. Ryan Tennehill – Texas A&M – 1,933 MEARS
4. Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State – 1,932 MEARS
5. Russell Wilson – Wisconsin – 1,908 MEARS
6T. Brock Osweiler – Arizona State – 1,894 MEARS
6T. Kirk Cousins – Michigan State – 1,894 MEARS
7. Case Keenum – Houston – 1,885 MEARS
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