BearsBeat.com 2009 Draft Board: Quarterbacks

Here’s a look at how I feel about the 2009 quarterback prospects. The order may change as draft day nears.

1. Matthew Stafford – Georgia
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 237 | 40-time: 4.80
What I like about him: Stafford played in a pro style offense in college, which should make his transition to the NFL easier. He’s got good size, a strong arm, and a quick release.
What I don’t like about him: He may not have the best mental game. He can make bad decisions and slip into gun-slinger mode.

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2. Mark Sanchez – USC
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225 | 40-time: 4.75
What I like about him: Comes from one of the best programs in the country where there’s a high success rate for NFL players. He’s extremely fiery and competitive.
What I don’t like about him: He only has one year as a starter under his belt. What comes with playing in a great program is being surrounded by great talent, and it’s difficult to gauge how good he really is.

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3. Josh Freeman – Kansas State
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 245 | 40-time: 4.80
What I like about him: Throws the deep-out — a necessary NFL throw — about as well, if not better than any prospect in this class. Can make all the NFL throws with his cannon arm.
What I don’t like about him: Consistency and mechanics are his primary flaws. He can pull the ball down and run, but he doesn’t have good footwork in the pocket.

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4. Nate Davis – Ball State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 217 | 40-time: 4.65
What I like about him: He’s evasive and has good pocket presence. He can tuck it and run if needed and can also throw on the run.
What I don’t like about him: He lacks ideal quarterback height and size and has small hands. He holds on to the ball too long.

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5. Rhett Bomar – Houston State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 224 | 40-time: 4.75
What I like about him: Plays with intensity and swagger. He’s a smart player as a coach’s son and can make all the necessary throws, including those in tight windows.
What I don’t like about him: Has had character issues, and, due to his intensity, can be hot-headed and lose focus. He also doesn’t have great field vision.

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6. Graham Harrell – Texas Tech
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 217 | 40-time: 5.00
What I like about him: He completed nearly 70% of his passes as a starter in college. When he’s comfortable in an offense, he reads his progressions and knows where to put the ball.
What I don’t like about him: He had a bad Senior Bowl week, which is one of the grandest stages to show scouts what he can do. Played in a spread offense in college which doesn’t carry over well to the NFL.

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7. Stephen McGee – Texas A&M
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 223 | 40-time: 4.66
What I like about him: Has good athletic ability and passing accuracy and shows good leadership skills.
What I don’t like about him: He played in an option offense and wasn’t asked to make many NFL throws.


8. John Parker Wilson – Alabama
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 215 | 40-time: 4.83
What I like about him: He’s a good leader, has a quick release and good accuracy on shorter throws, and he can feel pressure in the pocket.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have great arm strength or much size. He also seems to lock on to his primary receiver and fails to go through his progression.


9. Cullen Harper – Clemson
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 227 | 40-time: 4.85
What I like about him: Has the ability to avoid a pass rush, step up and make his throws. He has good short-range accuracy and has shown the ability to fit the ball in tight places.
What I don’t like about him: He doesn’t have great mechanics which can lead to errant throws. He’s also made some bad decisions while forcing the ball.


10. Hunter Cantwell – Louisville
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 235 | 40-time: 4.95
What I like about him: Has great size and a strong arm and throws the ball with velocity.
What I don’t like about him: Holds on to the ball too long. His poor mechanics lead to bad accuracy. He only started 20 games in college.


11. Tom Brandstater – Fresno State
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 216 | 40-time: 4.79
What I like about him: Has good intelligence and throws with a nice touch. He played in a pro-style offense.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t go through his progression and locks onto his primary receiver too often. He’s considered by some as playing soft. Doesn’t have very good footwork.


12. Nathan Brown – Central Arkansas
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 217 | 40-time: 4.75
What I like about him: Started 40 games in college and had a good touchdown-to-interception ratio. Plays with intelligence, toughness, and poise.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have a strong arm, and as a result, floats too many deep passes. Doesn’t have great size and played in a spread offense against marginal competition.


13. Mike Reilly – Central Washington
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 215 | 40-time: 4.89
What I like about him: Was a four-year starter, a student of the game, and put in extra work in the film room.
What I don’t like about him: Played in a simplified, spread offense, so he could struggle to adapt to the pro game.


14. Brian Hoyer – Michigan State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 215 | 40-time: 4.98
What I like about him: He has good poise in the pocket and can make plays while on the move. He’s shown good athleticism and good arm strength at times.
What I don’t like about him: He struggles against zone coverage and placing his ball between defenders. He operated mostly out of the shotgun formation in college.


15. Chase Daniel – Missouri
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 218 | 40-time: 4.83
What I like about him: Very competitive and limits his mistakes. Does a nice job of going through his progression to find the open receiver.
What I don’t like about him: He’s too short and operated out of the shotgun formation a lot. He doesn’t have great arm strength and will probably be the stereotypical “game manager” at the next level.


16. Curtis Painter – Purdue
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 230 | 40-time: 4.99
What I like about him: Possesses good size, as do most Purdue quarterbacks. Has great experience and shows intelligence and leadership.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have good speed, holds on to the ball too long, operated out of the shotgun formation, and has inconsistent accuracy.


17. David Johnson – Tulsa
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220 | 40-time: 5.00
What I like about him: He’s a smart player with leadership skills and good mechanics. He also possesses good pocket presence and accuracy on shorter throws.
What I don’t like about him: He only has one year of starting duty, played in a quarterback-friendly offense and lacks the arm strength to make necessary NFL throws.


18. Rudy Carpenter – Arizona State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 225 | 40-time: 4.95
What I like about him: Has intelligence and plays with passion and intensity. He doesn’t panic under pressure and can adjust in the pocket.
What I don’t like about him: Uses too much arm and not enough body in his throws. Doesn’t have great velocity on his throws. In short, not good mechanics.


19. Drew Willy – Buffalo
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 214 | 40-time: 4.92
What I like about him: He’s a student of the game with great height and arm strength and takes care of the ball.
What I don’t like about him: He needs to add some bulk, but his speed is slow enough as is. Doesn’t have good footwork and his accuracy on deeper passes is suspect.


20. Willie Tuitama – Arizona
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 220 | 40-time: 4.90
What I like about him: He’s got good pocket presence and can get rid of the ball quickly. He’s got good touch on short-to-intermediate throws.
What I don’t like about him: Doesn’t have good accuracy out of the pocket. He sometimes locks on to receivers and forces throws.


Others:
Liam Coen – Massachusetts
Joe Ganz – Nebraska
John White – Bentley (Mass.)
Jason Boltus – Hartwick (N.Y.)
Todd Boeckman – Ohio State
Nate Longshore – California
Mike Teel – Rutgers
Tyler Lorenzen – Connecticut
Chase Holbrook – New Mexico State
Brian Johnson – Utah
Billy Malone – Abilene Christian

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