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Could five QBs wind up in the first round?

Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:55 pm
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Posted by Rob Rang

We all know the value of quarterbacks raises as the draft gets closer. We also all know that significantly altering a player's grade based on Combine performance is a quick way to get a scouting staff fired.

That said, there is an increasing belief among NFL teams that as many as five quarterbacks could wind up in the first round, following strong performances from Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder at the Combine.

[Related: CBSSports.com's 2011 QB Prospect Rankings]

Mallett unquestionably has first round skills. While his struggles at the podium in front of the media has been well documented, league sources tell our own Len Pasquarelli of The Sports XChange that teams who interviewed him in Indianapolis "came away impressed with him."

Locker, too, has unquestionable talent. His career-long struggles with inaccuracy remain a concern for many, but there was no denying he enjoyed a strong throwing session at the combine, throwing some of his most accurate passes on the deep outs, fly routes and post-corners that are generally considered the toughest throws scouts ask quarterbacks to make at the Combine. Some teams will take this as evidence that he's made strides under former pro quarterback Ken O'Brien -- and is likely to continue to do so under NFL coaching.

Perhaps the most surprising quarterback generating recent first round buzz is Ponder. His multiple arm surgeries make his medical grade the most important result from the Combine (and teams won't have these complete results for awhile), but there is no question that the former Seminole is building momentum following a Senior Bowl MVP performance and a strong showing during passing drills. Considering his intelligence, mobility and accuracy to the short to intermediate levels of the field, Ponder is viewed by some as the top true West Coast Offense quarterback in the draft.



In last week's mock draft I had only two quarterbacks (Missouri's Blaine Gabbert and Auburn's Cam Newton) projected in the first round. With virtually every one of the front office executives and head coaches acknowleding during their combine interviews the supreme value of the quarterback position and another two months for the hype around these three to build, we could end up seeing that number more than double by April 28.

This entry was cross-posted from Rob Rang's NFL Draft Blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
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Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2011 5:51 am
 

Could five QBs wind up in the first round?

Mallett is a poor mans Ryan Leaf. That douche cant handle one interview  and despite his strong arm, he is inacurate and he chokes when the game is on the line.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Could five QBs wind up in the first round?

I think 5 will go due more to need than to supply of actual first round quarterbacks. I mean look at just the top 5 picks alone. The Panthers have questions about the quarterbacks on the roster and reportedly would have taken Andrew Luck had he been available, The Bills at number 3 have questions about Ryan Fitzgerald, the Bengals at number 4 may be losing Carson Palmer, The Cardinals at 6 desperately need a quarterback, the 49ers at 7 need an improvement, Titans at number 8, Redskins at 10, Vikings at 11 who basically stated Travaris Jackson won't be back, the Dolphins at 15 may even try to trade up with extreme interest in Cam Newton, if a quarterback good enough did fall to 16 the Jaguars would strongly consider it, and the Seahawks at 25 who may lose Matt Hasselbeck, and aren't confident in Charlie Whitehurst. That's 11 teams in the first 25 picks. The Raiders may consider a quarterback in one of the middle rounds or the 2nd round but they don't have a first round pick. So 12 teams that have interest in a young quarterback with a total of 21 picks in the top 49 picks of the draft. You could even argue that the Browns are looking for a quarterback but I won't go there because I think McCoy is decent.




Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Could five QBs wind up in the first round?

Sure it could happen alot if teams need QBs this year and with a huge  chance of a rookie salary cap they dont have to worry about spenidng $40M if he busts.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:01 am
 

Could five QBs wind up in the first round?

IF YOU ASK ME I THINK MALLETT SHOULD BE THE #1 PICK HANDS DOWN!!!!



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