2nd Rankings 9/18/08 QUARTERBACKS
1) Tim Tebow, Florida- Jr–(6-3 240lbs) Tebow can do it all. He can run but he isn‚Äôt afraid to pass. There are some who question his ability to be an effective passer in the NFL, but his work ethic and ability to adjust to defenses keeps him at the top of my rankings.
2) Matthew Stafford- Georgia, Jr- -(6-3 237lbs) Stafford still hasn‚Äôt passed up Tebow on my list, but he still has yet to throw a pick and his completion percentage is up so far this season. I expect his yardage to start to come back, and when it does he has a solid shot of grabbing the top spot.
3) Sam Bradford- Oklahoma, Eligible Soph-(6-4 218lbs) Bradford was red shirted which is why he is eligible for the 2009 NFL draft. As a freshman he threw for 36 touchdowns and had a 9/2 touchdown to interception ratio. This year he is staying on the same track with 12 TD‚Äôs through 3 games and a completion percentage of 79.
4) Mark Sanchez- USC, Jr-(6-3 225) Sanchez has the opportunity to jump up several spots if he continues to play like he has thus far this season. He started at 6 on my list and he has already jumped to 4. With that said, Bradford, Tebow, and Stafford are in a tier of their own, so don‚Äôt look for him to get into the top 3 too soon. Great performance against Ohio State though.
5) Curtis Painter- Purdue, Sr- (6-4 230lbs) Painter drops a spot due to the play of Mark Sanchez and to the 2 picks and 0 touchdowns he threw in his last game.
6) Cullen Harper- Clemson, Sr- – (6-4 220lbs) He only has one full season as a starter, but Harper made 2nd Team All-ACC last season. This year he has started off pretty well, but Mark Sanchez has played out of his mind. This drop is due more to the play of Sanchez than Harper‚Äôs play.
7) Chase Daniel- Missouri, Sr- (6-0 225lbs) Daniel has phenomenal skills but his size will keep him from being one of the first quarterbacks taken. Try not to get too wrapped up in his performance against Nevada, wait until he gets into his Big 12 schedule.
8) Rudy Carpenter- Arizona State, Sr- (6-3 220lbs) Carpenter has a nice arm but his lack of pocket presence is holding him back. That was incredibly clear in his latest game against UNLV. I am a huge Rudy Carpenter supporter, but he has to become more comfortable under pressure.
9) Tom Brandstater- Fresno State, Sr- ‚Äì(6-5 220lbs) Brandstater played mediocre against Wisconsin which is definitely not good for his draft stock. I‚Äôm not going to overreact and drop him off the list, but he must have a good game against UCLA if he wants to stay in the picture.
10) Graham Harrell- Texas Tech, Sr- (6-3 217) Harrell puts up great stats but that is due in large part to where he plays. He had 5 touchdowns this week so he stays on the list.
Inside Draft Buzz
USC quarterback Mark Sanchez jumped two spots to #4 this week. Sanchez was impressive Saturday night against Ohio State. Chase Daniel will need to continue his strong play when Big 12 play begins for him to make a significant jump on my rankings. For the time being Tim Tebow remains at #1.