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Mayock Breaks Down the Top QB Prospects

Posted Feb 24, 2012

It’s not a secret – or even speculation at this point – that the Redskins plan to address the quarterback position. NFL Network's Mike Mayock evaluates the top draft prospects.

It’s not a secret – or even speculation at this point – that the Redskins plan to address the quarterback position this offseason.

The team has several options in the NFL Draft, including trading up to acquire one of the top prospects, staying put at No. 6 overall, or even trading back.

Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine this week, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock discussed each of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft.

Teams will get their first look at quarterbacks in action at the combine on Sunday.


“I love everything about the kid. “He may be the most exciting young quarterback in this year’s draft. As an organization, you say to yourself, ‘What do you want to be?’ With Griffin, it’s ‘Grab the seat of your pants and we’re going for a ride.’ He might be really special. On the other hand, he might not. It’s really intriguing.

“We all know he can run and he will run. But I do like the way he stands in the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield. He initially looks to get the football downfield and I like that. He has great touch and accuracy, medium and deep. He has arm strength, he has athletic ability, he is tough and he takes hits.

“But he doesn’t anticipate throws, mostly because he didn’t have to in that [Baylor] offense. There’s minimal footwork and they spread it out so wide. He waits until the [pass routes] develop and then he throws. So my question is, will he develop the ability to anticipate throws?

“I think teams will find out about him when they meet with him [at the combine], they put the tape on and they break it down. That’s part of the process – finding out what a quarterback knows and how quickly he can pick up what you’re trying to teach him.”


“What we will see [at the combine] is a real athletic kid who runs a decent 40, probably in the 4.7 range, and has good footwork. More than anything, he’s going to win the battle in the boardrooms. He is going to sit down with teams, get up on the board and draw what he knows about the game of football. He is going to process and assimilate information from those teams and spit it back at them. And all of those top teams are going to come away saying, ‘Wow, I want that guy.’”


“He has everything you want. He has size, he has arm strength, he’s a really good athlete – all you have to do is look at his tape as a wide receiver two years ago. He is a big, strong, fast kid with a really good arm.

“What I don’t like about him is, he waits for routes to develop before he throws the football. In other words he lacks anticipation. And because of that he throws late into coverage and makes mistakes. That’s not atypical for a lot of young quarterbacks in college football, especially ones that only have a year and a half of starting under their belts.

“He hasn’t started as many games as I’d like to see from a typical first-round NFL quarterback. Typically you’d like to see as many as 25 starting in college, but I think he’s going to be a first-round guy.”


“You look at Weeden, there are two negatives. One is his age, and I think as a franchise you have to decide how much of a negative that is. And then he struggles when he has to reset in the pocket. He has to quicken up in the pocket – footwork, arm, decision-making, everything.

“So he’s 28 years old, and you have to ask yourself at what point is he going to be our starting quarterback? If the answer is immediately, then somebody may take him late first, but I think he’s more like a second-round pick.”


“Russell Wilson is in a ‘Figure Him Out’ category because he doesn’t look, smell or taste like a first-round quarterback is supposed to look like. He’s not 6-4, 230 with a rocket arm. I look at Russell Wilson and no matter how small he is, he gets the game of football. He scrambles, but he’s not just a scrambler. His eyes stay down the field and he has a better arm than people think.

“I’m intrigued by him. He’s under 6-foot-tall, which is the first red flag and I think he is much more comfortable as he moves around the pocket than he is if he just sits there. You have to figure out if he’s a starting quarterback, if he is then you put one value on him, if not then you put another value on him.

“He’s the kind of guy I would love to have as a backup because I think he’s smart, he’s instinctive, if your starter got hurt he could lead you 4-5 games.”



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