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Carr drives thin QB class




Fresno State (6-3, 229; 4.73)

Strengths: Super frame and athletic ability, possessing 4.70 speed, a 390-lb. bench press and a very strong arm — able to whip the ball to any spot on the field. As competitive as any QB in the country and can take hits. Quick release and displays fine mobility in and out of the pocket. Can really throw the deep out and corner-post well. Got better each year and had a great TD-INT ratio. Very mature young man who is a hard-worker and will put in the necessary preparation.

Weaknesses: Will telegraph his throws at times, locking onto his primary receiver without looking off to secondary options. Unorthodox release as he sort of cocks the ball by his ear and at times will sling it in a sidearm motion. Will try to force the ball into coverage at times and occasionally passes off his back foot. Only one huge year in college (mainly against poor defenses) and wasn't nearly as highly regarded prior to his senior season.

Bottom Line: Clearly one of the elite handful of players in this draft and the likely No. 1 overall selection. While he's not a can't-miss franchise signal caller in the Troy Aikman-John Elway mold, the physical and mental tools are there to become a difference-maker and eventually reach Pro Bowl status.


Oregon (6-4, 220; 4.90)

Strengths: Big, strong pocket passer who's a proven winner (25-3 as a starter) and seems to play better when his team is down late. Strong arm, quick release and understands the position, generally making fine reads and adjustments. Can really put a lot of zip on quick outs and in-routes and can make all the throws.

Weaknesses: Average mobility and his accuracy is not always as consistent as you would like — he will miss the open WR on occasion. Will try to overpower the ball into double-coverage at times. Tends to jump when he throws on the run, resulting in poor accuracy. Too often will lock onto his primary target and force throws.

Bottom Line: Possesses all the intangibles you could ever want in a field general and is mature and intelligent. However, what people don't talk about enough with Harrington are his physical. skills.


Tulane (6-2, 229; 5.01)

Strengths: Very accurate on short- to mid-range routes and displays good arm strength. Good job of looking off primary targets and finding the open man. Quick release and solid build, able to withstand hits from DL. Despite his lack of speed, can be effective rolling out and throwing on the run. Excellent work ethic, bringing a Peyton Manning-like approach to the film room.

Weaknesses: Not a scrambler at all and takes too many big hits, due in large part to his lack of mobility.

Bottom Line: Underrated player who's prepared to come in and make a name for himself in training camp. While it's questionable as to whether he'll ever be a starter on a full-time basis, Ramsey certainly has the type of release, accuracy, smarts and work ethic to enjoy a long career as a backup QB.


LSU (6-2, 250; 4.77)

Strengths: Strong arm and can make all the throws with ease. Possesses nice touch and has great poise in the pocket. Streaky passer who can look unstoppable when he gets into a groove.

Weaknesses: A bit short, looked overweight as a senior and is not a scrambler. Chronically injured earlier in his career with knee (torn ligament) and ankle problems. Not real experienced, with just four career starts prior to 2001. Often holds onto the ball too long and takes too many unnecessary hits and sacks.

Bottom Line: Intriguing prospect who could be one of the boom-or-bust picks of this draft. Watching him the past year and a half, some days we feel he could become a star, while others we wonder if he'll be in the league in three years. The upside is certainly there to warrant a first-day selection.


Stanford (6-2, 231; 4.69)

Strengths: Very strong arm, good mobility and can throw effectively on the run. Mature and intelligent. Dangerous scrambler who is an excellent athlete, also seeing action at LB, TE and special teams earlier in his career with the Cardinal.

Weaknesses: Looks to be injury-prone, missing seven games due to injuries as a senior (sprained MCL) and junior. Often tries to put the team on his back instead of getting everyone else involved and will make bad decisions at times. Mechanics must be refined as he got by on pure athletic ability at times.

Bottom Line: Here's a guy whose game seems to add up to less than the sum of his parts. What we mean is, if you take each of Fasani's tangibles, they seem to add up to him being an elite prospect. However, the results just weren't there on game day on a consistent enough basis.


Illinois (6-2, 213; 4.96)

Bottom Line: Overrated prospect who, despite a number of fine attributes, doesn't have the overall physical game to be anything more than a back-up and spot-starter.


East Carolina (6-1, 242; 4.88)

Bottom Line: Possesses a number of intriguing attributes to warrant a mid- to late-round selection, including a strong arm, above-average mobility, scrambling sense and a super deep ball.


Alabama (6-1, 225; 4.82)

Bottom Line: Major-college sleeper whose arm and mobility give him a chance to become a better pro than collegian.


Florida A&M (6-4, 240; 4.89)

Bottom Line: While there is a ton of work that needs to go into molding a green, small-college QB into NFL material, Gray has some tremendous raw tools to work with.


Sam Houston St. (6-3, 218; 4.75)

Bottom Line: Decent developmental QB who is improving but is still a work in progress.