Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck after finishing the vertical jump during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Marcus 2012 NFL Big Board: Top 7 Quarterbacks Part I


The amount of Mock Drafts out there right now would make your head spin.

That’s one reason I tend to stay away from then until maybe a day or so before the draft if at all.

Combined that with the fact that you just don’t know, well at least besides a few names in the first round. Other than this years instance and in most drafts we all know who is going number one, outside of that it could all be a toss up when trades and free agency start.

In that case, you can rip up number 4 of your Mock Drafts when someone new decides to trade up for RG3 after a free agent signs elsewhere.

Anyway, this the 2012 version of the Marcus Big Board which includes the top seven College Football prospects at each position heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. I can say most if not every single player on all of these lists in the series will be drafted and most are talented enough to have successful careers in the NFL.

Some names you here will be new and some familiar. Either way they all belong on the list and I will be sure to give you facts(statistics) and logical reasons why. Most other Big Boards throughout the NFL come draft day and online from now until then will be similar in rankings and order of position. (Although most other boards will rank every player together in a large list instead of separate lists.) Each player will have NFL Combine numbers when in comes to measurements(HEIGHT, WEIGHT) and attributes (40 Time, ESC.)

I will begin with Quarterbacks in the first installment of the Marcus Big Board. 1 through 5 may be familiar but the order and lower names may produce just as well if not more than those selected or listed in front of them. Look at the most successful rookie Quarterbacks from a year ago who ultimately played in the playoffs when it mattered. Andy Dalton and T.J Yates were out of most experts Top 5 Quarterbacks coming out last year and look at what they did.

 

1.) Andrew Luck   6’4″   234 LBS   STANFORD  4.67 40-YD DASH   124 INCH BROAD JUMP

Everything points to Luck being a once in a generation QB that can lead a franchise possibly to a championship. Meaning also he will be the number one overall selection in April.

After watching him at the combine specifically I saw a new side of just how athletic he is as he dominated most of the agility drills for the Quarterbacks (finished Top 7 QB in every category). We all saw his arm strength and ability to make accurate throws the last two consecutive seasons at Stanford. Combined that with his Peyton Manning like ability to make calls after identifying a defense at the line along with the pro-style offense he ran in that same time frame most would consider Andrew more than ready for the NFL.

Considering where he will land in the league and the circumstances surrounding how he got their, the bar is already set extremely high for this 22 year old Houston Texas native.

Andrew Luck is too athletic and smart to end up being a Ryan Leaf ten years from now. (No offense Ryan Leaf)

 

2.) Robert Griffin III   6’2″  223 LBS  BAYLOR   4.41 40-YD DASH   39 INCH VERTICAL JUMP

The consistent spectacular play of RG3 to close out the 2011 College Football season not only won him the Heisman Trophy but it also put him in the argument of the best overall player heading into the 2012 NFL Draft.

Despite all the drooling over Luck, Griffin III was climbing up big boards and preparing himself for the next step.

Obviously RG3 is faster Luck being that he has a Track background. Another similarity and where he may separate himself from the star from Stanford is with his uncanny ability to keep a play alive and make something out of nothing. I’ve heard comparisons to Joe Montana in that aspect and have seen some of it in games like his signature “Heisman” type  win over NO. 5 Oklahoma that included him throwing the game winning 34-YD Touchdown pass to Terrance Williams with only 8 seconds left.

As it now looks RG3 will be going to Washington as they are waiting approval on a trade involving the NO. 2 overall selection and the St. Louis Rams.

Wherever Robert Griffin III lands his jersey will sell, along with the stadiums he plays in as long as he can continue to run around and make plays at the next level. (Even though the idea of him succeeding anytime soon im that division doesn’t sound like it could work, he is something the Redskins and D.C football fans desperately need, a franchise face worth supporting)

Who comes after Luck and RG3?  Find out on page 2

3.) Brandon Weeden 6’4″ 221 LBS  OKLAHOMA ST  28 YEARS OLD    4.87  40-YD DASH (OK ST PRO DAY)

You may have noticed I included his age in the heading for Weeden. To me, that combined with his passing ability has him ahead of the others who some say are better.

The numbers he accumulated in two years as the Cowboys starter were just phenomenal. He would throw 71 touchdown passes and just over 9,000 yards(9,004) in those two seasons while leaving OK STATE with a 157.7 Quarterback rating. Weeden has been consistently efficient throughout his career and has not been known to throw interceptions or turn the ball over too much either.

Weeden got to a late start in College Football after being drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2002 MLB First Year Player Draft. He would have a rocky career in the minors that eventually lead him back to the gridiron.

Weeden can make any throw on the field with accuracy and great delivery. He has been blessed to have a stud WR while at Oklahoma State but he also made average wide-outs look even better because of his throwing ability. Though his age may scare some teams away, in my opinion it makes him more trustworthy than a 22 year old overall on and off the field when it comes to maturity. Who would you rather turn the keys to the Ferrari over to?

 

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