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From the Hart: Breaking down the QBs

The 2012 NFL Draft is a little more than two weeks away. The Combine and Pro Day workouts are complete. Players are making visits to teams and doing individual workouts.


And the PFW boys have concluded breaking down the video tape on hundreds of prospects at the various positions.

Before the teams actually begin making their selections on April 26, I get the chance to voice my views on the players at the various positions. That begins today with a breakdown of the quarterbacks. Here are my thoughts on some of the various passing prospects, and the order in which I think they should be drafted.

Overall I don't think this is a great year for quarterbacks after the top two. In fact, after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin there may not be another long-term starter in the bunch. Regardless, here's how I see the 2012 NFL Draft quarterback prospects:

1 – Andrew Luck, Stanford: Luck has been touted as the No. 1 overall pick for nearly two years. He's a polished, professional player from a pro-style program. He has all the tools to be a good-to-very-good NFL QB for a decade or more. I'm just not sold that he's going to be the next Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Call it a gut hunch, but my money says Luck will disappoint Indy fans thinking that they won't miss a beat from Manning to Luck.

2 – Robert Griffin III, Baylor: RG3 is an exciting player with a dynamic upside who clearly benefited from what Cam Newton did a year ago. That's opened teams up to the idea of the athletic passer as a top prospect. He can do it all. I was a big Randall Cunningham fan growing up and I see a lot of Cunningham in Griffin. He can run with anyone and has that strong arm with the ability to seemingly flick the ball down the field. Not sure he's ready to read NFL defenses, but the same was said about Newton and he did OK as a rookie.

3 – Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State: Weeden is 28 and that clearly hurts his value. But to me he looks like the next most NFL-ready of the QBs after the top two. He has good short accuracy and touch, but given his age isn't a guy to build a team around.

4 – Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M: Having led his Aggies in receptions for two years as a receiver, Tannehill is still a developmental QB. For me, that eliminates taking him in the first round, and certainly as high as in the top 10. But he clearly has good size and athleticism. He can throw on the run and has good touch. He also throws a pretty good deep ball. There is a lot to like in the second round. But the first? Not so much.

5 – Brock Osweiler, Arizona State: Another project who might have nice upside. Osweiler is huge – 6-7, 242 – and is athletic, as he turned down a basketball scholarship to Gonzaga. He's only started 15 games in college, so there is work to do. He's not afraid to zip the ball in. A project, but an intriguing one. 6 – Ryan Lindley, San Diego State: NFL size. But throws too many interceptions and incompletions. Lindley has pretty good intermediate accuracy and likes to use the tight end, which is key in the NFL these days. The Kevin O'Connell thing might scare some. It would scare me.

7 – Kirk Cousins, Michigan State: Cousins is proof that Tim Tebow isn't the only good guy who plays quarterback. A two-time captain and great citizen, Cousins has limited physical tools. But he's solid all around and could be a guy to develop into a backup in the NFL. He has Brian Hoyer's vote of confidence.

8 – Nick Foles, Arizona: At 6-5,243 Foles has NFL size. He's also had a lot of production. He reminds me a bit of Joe Flacco. I think teams could do much worse in terms of a mid or late round developmental guy.

9 – Russell Wilson, Wisconsin: Wilson is an impressive playmaking athlete. But I don't think he can succeed at quarterback in the NFL at his 5-11, 204-pound size. But he'd sure be fun to watch try and you can't argue with his college production. If not, maybe he can be a star in Canada.

10 – Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois: Harnish was an offensive force in the MAC. Like Wilson, I don't think he can play quarterback at the highest level. But there might be a spot for him in the NFL as an athlete/slash guy.

11 – Aaron Corp, Richmond: Corp was a stud recruit at USC who supposedly beat out Matt Barkley at one point. But injuries derailed his Trojans career and led to the transfer. At 6-4, 215 he's a little lanky but has the height for the NFL. Maybe he's a guy the Patriots would take a flier on as an undrafted rookie to develop at quarterback.

What do you think of my list and breakdowns? Who do you think I left off that deserved a spot? Let us know with a comment below!

Be sure to check out the college highlight videos from all these prospects in our Draft prospect highlights section of

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