I’ve written a lot about the 2012 class of quarterbacks and wanted to create a reference point. There’s a fair amount of game tape in these pieces, so it’s also good to keep that close by. I suspect that we’re going to be talking about the upcoming quarterback class an awful lot, possibly to the point of nausea. We might aswell embrace that now.
Here’s to nausea.
Summer quarterback grades
Quarterback rankings and early draft grades prior to the 2011 college football season. “I’ve had a chance to take a look at the latest batch of quarterbacks that could be available next April and I want to put the grades down now as a marker for comparison during the season.”
Andrew Luck vs Matt Barkley
Why they might be closer than some people think. Includes game tape. “Poise, accuracy, athleticism and ideal mechanics. Neither has the physical qualities of Cam Newton, Jake Locker or Blaine Gabbert, but they make up for it with high grades in all of the other criteria.”
Andrew Luck vs Oregon and Matt Barkley vs UCLA
All PAC-10 game tape from last year for the top two quarterbacks in college football.
Matt Barkley tape review vs Virginia (2010)
Game tape and thoughts on Barkley’s performance against Virginia last year. “He’ll be a true junior in 2011 having started as a freshman, but it’s unclear whether he’ll declare for next year’s draft. In 2012 sanctions will be lifted on USC allowing them to participate in a BCS Bowl and that could be tempting enough for Barkley to return for a fourth year.”
Landry Jones tape review vs Florida State
A big win for the Sooners and Landry Jones, here’s the tape and the breakdown. “This is pretty much eight minutes of screen passes and you could cut most of it out and be no more incapable of making a pro-judgement. Welcome to the Oklahoma offense.”
Landry Jones vs Nebraska (2010)
As it says in the title. “Here’s tape of Landry Jones’ performance against Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game from 2010. I discussed Jones in more detail during this interview with Field Gulls’ Dan Kelly earlier in the week.”
An interview with Austin Davis (QB, Southern Miss)
I recently had a chance to speak to Austin Davis and get his thoughts on the new college season and the 2012 draft. “During my conversation with Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis, two things became evidently clear. Firstly, that he understands what it will take to get to the next level. Secondly, that he’ll do what it takes to get there.”
Austin Davis thoughts and tape
Game tape and thoughts on the Southern Miss QB. “Nobody is talking about Austin Davis. Search out a list of quarterbacks to keep an eye on in 2011 and you’ll do well to find any listing the Southern Miss quarterback. I guess I have a higher opinion of Davis than most – and it’s an opinion I will be looking to develop with more tape this year.”
Kirk Cousins (QB Michigan State): further analysis
Cousins reminds me a lot of Kevin Kolb. Here’s my analysis on the Michigan State QB. “The one player he reminds me of a lot is Kevin Kolb. Similar slingy release, similar size and mobility. Both have a tendency to make bad or risky decisions and take chances that lead to turn overs. At the same time, both are not severely limited and given a nice collection of playmakers, can succeed as a starter.”
Kirk Cousins is the next… (insert lazy comparison here)
Why the Minnesota Vikings’ decision to draft Christian Ponder in round one makes me question where Kirk Cousins could fall next April. “If Cousins carries Michigan State into an unbeaten season while increasing his numbers, he could find himself near the top of the second tier of quarterbacks that follow Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Matt Barkley (USC).”
Kirk Cousins (QB, Michigan State) tape vs Michigan
Game tape from Cousins’ performance against rivals Michigan.
Some thoughts on Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M)
Converted receiver who enjoyed an incredible end to 2010. Can he do it again this year? Includes tape from the Cotton Bowl against LSU. “It’s easy to make an assumption about a player based on his circumstance, but I was surprised by how orthodox Tannehill looks for a quarterback who has switched positions twice.”
Nick Foles (QB, Arizona) and tempered expectations
Some thoughts on why I think the over rated Nick Foles is a key example as to why people are wrongly hyping up the 2012 QB class. “First of all, Foles is a big guy. He’s listed at 6-5 and 245lbs and although I suspect he weighs less (more like 230-235lbs), he’s basically got prototypical size for the position. Unfortunately, he has anything but prototypical physical attributes to start in the NFL.”
Ryan Lindley (QB, SDSU) vs TCU
Tape from a hit and miss performance from Lindley.
Wednesday notes – Kellen Moore and much more
I’ve given Moore an UDFA grade, here’s the reasoning. “You might see words like ‘moxy’ (cringe) tweeted several times tonight as KM moves the Broncos to another solid touchdown drive. When a quarterback’s greatest quality is ‘moxy’ it’s time to ask – ”why?””
Some thoughts on Terrelle Pryor
Will there be a supplemental draft? Terrelle Pryor hopes so. “When you throw on the tape it’s very easy to determine what is Pryor’s defining strength – evasiveness. When it’s third and ten, you’re pass rush has penetrated into the backfield and is just about to make the sack – he finds a way to avoid the pressure and make a gain instead of taking the loss.”