Top 5 QB prospects for 2012 NFL Draft
1. Andrew Luck
Luck is a lock as this years draft N.1 pick. Although there was talk of Colts maybe changing their mind and taking RG3 with the first pick I just don’t see that happening. There is never a sure thing in a draft but Luck might be the closest thing to it.
Luck has great a great feel for the pocket and is not afraid of taking the hit in order to deliver the ball. RG3 is a more mobile QB but Luck is not bad moving outside the pocket either. Luck showed good mobility at Stanford and was extremely accurate throwing on the run. Luck is one of the safest QB prospects in recent drafts and some compare him to Peyton Manning whom he will replace with the Colts. But it would be foolish to expect Luck to be as good as Manning from day one.
First of all this is a rookie QB and as any rookie he will have some very rookie moments in 2012. Luck is also walking into a different situation than Peyton did in his rookie season with the Colts. The Colts are in a rebuilding mode, losing some key players on offense like Saturday, Garcon, Addai, Tamme andClark, not to mention a new HC.
Luck is a proven winner and is accustomed to playing a pro style football. He is a great leader and has the potential to someday be one of the best QBs in NFL history.
2. Robert Griffin III
In any other draft RG3 would be the undisputed N1 pick. Unfortunately for him he is in the same draft as Luck. If Luck is the closest thing to the sure thing RG3 is the next best to it.
He has it all, cannon for an arm, great accuracy, fantastic mobility, work ethic and intelligence. The challenge with RG3 will be fitting him into a pro style offense, he didn’t take many snaps under center. But it shouldn’t be a problem because RG3 is a hard worker and very intelligent guy. He is also a lock to go at N2 to the Redskins and their HC Shanahan has a good history with QBs that are similar to RG3.
Griffincompleted 72 percent of his passes for 4,293 yards with 37 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2011. He also rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has great potential and will be a franchise QB for years in the NFL. I just can’t wait to see RG3 and Cam Newton go head to head when Panthers and Redskins meet week 9.
3. Brandon Weeden
Some may argue tha Tannehill is better but a like Weeden more as the N3 QB in this year’s draft. If Weeden were younger he might go in the top 10. Many see his age as a negative I see it as positive. This guy is mature and already had the experience of being in the pro sport. Yes it was pro baseball but he already knows what to expect in the pro sport while all the other prospects will start from zero.
He would be a great fit for a team that need to win now and wait 3 – 4 years for him to develop. He has some negatives like being immobile but this guy is a winner and is accurate even on the run. In 2011, Weeden completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,727 yards for 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
If the right team picks him I can see him start from day one. Browns might be such a team.
4. Ryan Tannehill
I’m not as high on Tannehill as some people, simply because he played WR before switching back to QB. He has great arm strength and can even pick up yards with his legs if needed to.
Last year he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,744 yards with 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, he also ran for 355 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The worst thing that can happen for this guy is getting picked too high by a team that expects him to start right away. His experience at WR might even be a good thing because it provides him with a unique insight about the WR position that other QBs don’t have. He can potentially be a franchise QB if given time to learn, his lack of experience at position will limit him at the beginning of his career.
5. Russell Wilson
Yes, I’m this high onWilson. Hear me out.Wilsonmight not be tall and he is not perfectly accurate but he is very quick with his feet, has a good arm strength and has heart. He comes through in the clutch and will be hard to defend in the NFL
WilsonledWisconsinto the Big Ten Title and a spot in the Rose Bowl.Wilsoncompleted 73 percent of his passes for 3,175 yards with 33 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also ran for 464 yards and six touchdowns.
He will probably not start very soon unless picked by the right team but somewhere down tha line this guy just might became a good NFL QB. It’s a long shot but I like him