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Draft Countdown: Top 10 Quarterbacks

Here is a breakdown of the Top 10 quarterbacks available in the 2009 NFL Draft ...

1. Matt Stafford, Georgia

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 225 40-Yard: 4.89 Year: Jr.

Scouting Report: Stafford is a skilled quarterback who can take over games when he hits on all cylinders. He possesses the arm strength, mental intangibles, and accuracy to lead a franchise for years to come at the next level. Stafford is also a tough passer who leads by example. He is not a quarterback for everyone, as his smallish frame will knock him off the draft boards of certain teams, yet in time, Stafford will be a very good quarterback at the next level.

Grade: First Round

2. Mark Sanchez, USC

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 227 40-Yard: 4.95 Year: 4-Jr.

Scouting Report: Sanchez did a tremendous job as a junior, his first year under center full-time for USC. He's a cerebral quarterback with great intangibles, and he possesses the ability to lead an offense on the NFL level. Sanchez will be best in a timing offense that plays to his strengths of accuracy and timing in the underneath coverage.

Grade: First Round

3. Josh Freeman, Kansas State

Ht: 6-5.6 Wt: 248 40-Yard: 4.95 Year:Jr.

Scouting Report: Freeman possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, and he has flashed brilliance, but for the most part, he is a work in progress who needs to develop a complete game before being NFL-ready. His pass placement, decision-making, and defensive reads all need a lot of work, and Freeman is very much a hit-or-miss quarterback prospect. He offers great upside for a team willing to be patient in helping him develop his game.

Grade: Second or Third Round

4. Nate Davis, Ball State

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 226 40-Yard: 4.97 Year: Jr.

Scouting Report:Davis is a smart and tough football player who does an outstanding job commanding the offense and leading his team. He possesses the skills to be a productive quarterback, yet a number of teams will be turned off by his lack of height. In many ways, Davis reminds us of Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Jeff Garcia with his ability to overcome physical shortcomings by playing smart football. Davis is not a quarterback for everyone, yet he will flourish in the right system.

Grade: Second or Third Round


West Virginia's Pat White

5. Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 225 40-Yard: 4.75 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Bomar was a highly recruited passer at Oklahoma before his career switched course with off-the-field violations. He possesses the physical skills to play at the next level yet throws with inconsistent mechanics that have a negative effect on his all-around game. Bomar is a solid prospect, yet he will need plenty of time to complete his game before he is NFL ready.

Grade: Fourth or Fifth Round

6. Pat White, West Virginia

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 197 40-Yard: 4.55 Year:5-Sr.

Scouting Report: White was productive at the quarterback position in college, and he offers the versatility to be used at several spots in the NFL. Prior to this season, White was projected to be a wide receiver in the NFL, but scouts have recently been impressed with his passing skills, and he'll be given a chance to play behind center. White may never be a starting signal caller in the NFL, yet he is the type of player who will be given the option of throwing the ball, running the option play, or even be lined up at wideout at the next level.

Grade: Fifth or Sixth Round

7. Brian Hoyer, Michigan State

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 215 40-Yard: 4.93 Year:5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Since taking over as the starting quarterback at Michigan State as a junior, Hoyer has done a fine job leading the team. He possesses the arm strength to play at the next level, yet he must improve his mechanics.

Grade:Fifth or Sixth Round

8. Hunter Cantwell, Louisville

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 235 40-Yard: 5.15 Year: Sr.

Scouting Report: Cantwell came into his senior season with high expectations, yet he really looked out of place, for the most part. He possesses the physical skills to play at the next level, but he must improve his accuracy, defensive reads, and almost every other aspect of the position. He's worth a look in the late rounds as a quarterback who could be placed on a practice squad with hopes for future development.

Grade: Fifth or Sixth Round

9. Tom Brandstater, Fresno State

Ht: 6-5 Wt:220 40-Yard: 4.87 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: Brandstater is a terrific short and intermediate range passer with the skills to be used at the next level in a timing offense. He's done a terrific job commanding the offense, and he could be a real steal in this draft for a team willing to be patient in developing his skills.

Grade:Fifth or Sixth Round

10. Stephen McGee, Texas A&M

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 225 40-Yard: 4.62 Year: 5-Sr.

Scouting Report: McGee is a prospect with a good amount of upside potential, and his best playing days are ahead of him. He possesses the size and arm strength to make an NFL roster, yet he needs to complete his game and improve his mechanics.

Grade: Sixth or Seventh Round

Profiles provided by Tony Pauline, NFL Draft analyst for and owner of

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