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IF We Take A QB At #10...Who Do You Want?

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View Poll Results: What QB Do You Want at #10?
Jake Locker 44 34.38%
Ryan Mallett 18 14.06%
Cam Newton 23 17.97%
Other (who?) 19 14.84%
Blaine Gabbert 24 18.75%
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:08 PM   #211
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I've been doing some intense highlight/lowlight film watching on the big quarterbacks including, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, and Ryan Mallett,. Here are my breakdowns.

Blaine Gabbert:

Terrific size in terms of height and weight and it works to his advantage. He makes surprisingly deep throws while being chased on the run with just the flick of his wrist, truly outstanding. What stands out the most is the system he plays in. Everything is planned perfectly prior to the snap and when his short slant or deep throw read isn't there, he hesitates and begins to scramble.. and very slowly I might add. 60% of these scrambling plays end up in a missed throw/ball thrown out of play and the other 40% seem to end up with sacks or minor gains. Overall I see three things with him that are essential in a franchise quarterback of today's NFL. Big size+arm, Intangibles, and accuracy. What I see that needs to be fixed before he can take a snap in the NFL is his footwork and his ability to throw to his 3rd or 4th read. 9/10 and in my opinion the best Shanahan QB. Comparison: Joe Flacco

Jake Locker:
The most athletically gifted true NFL level quarterback I've seen in years. When you first watch Jake Locker you'll want to personally go yell at his teammates for being just downright terrible. His o-line is NCAA equivalent of the 2009/10 Washington Redskins... and that's being generous. Jake Locker is able to run the play action to perfection despite having such a brutal supporting cast. When he runs it's usually because he has too and when he throws it's not the accuracy that's questioned, but the hands of his receivers. Essentially what I'm getting at is, he shows flashes of brilliance a la Aaron Rodgers, but because of his team can't deliver on a consistent basis. What I see from him is his ability to shed blocks and outrun the defense, his throwing accuracy/strength on the run, and his ability to single-handedly win games for his team. What needs to be corrected is his decision making, getting the ball out quicker, and his accuracy while throwing out of the pocket. 8/10. Drafting Jake Locker would be based purely on potential, but if he pans out... look out NFC East. Certainly not the prototypical Shanahan QB, but neither was McNabb.
Comparison: A poor mans Aaron Rodgers


Ryan Mallett
His height and arm strength are second to none in this draft. Great accuracy on the deep ball, but will often overthrow shorter slants and crosses. His footwork and pocket awareness is pretty poor. Unlike Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mallett has a lack of ability to scramble outside and find receivers. When he feels and sees pressure he becomes very awkward and will often loose yardage instead of throwing the ball away. I just don't like anything outside of his arm as an NFL quarterback. What he needs to work on is his endurance and his ability to see pressure before he's on his back. In a system such as Minnesota, he has a lot of potential, but he'd struggle playing for Shanahan.
7/10 Least favorite by far.
Comparison: Matt Stafford with less mobility and accuracy.


Cam Newton
Good luck getting this guy. He'll be gone top three and baring a miracle we will without a doubt have our franchise quarterback.
9.5/10.. Although he does have a short history and played on an EXCELLENT football team.
Comparison: Very unique. High end accuracy, great running threat, has it all.


If we're going to draft a quarterback at #10, in my opinion only Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker should be our targets. Blaine Gabbert looks like he could play by 2012... I really really like his game.
I think Stafford is a really good Mallett comparison, though I would argue that Mallett is actually a little more accurate in most fields (maybe not the flats or deep outs). Stafford also got the highest grades for his intangibles (being the face of a franchise, etc), and Mallett has questions there. But the comparison, I think, is a really good one.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:26 PM   #212
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I think Stafford is a really good Mallett comparison, though I would argue that Mallett is actually a little more accurate in most fields (maybe not the flats or deep outs). Stafford also got the highest grades for his intangibles (being the face of a franchise, etc), and Mallett has questions there. But the comparison, I think, is a really good one.
Yeah I've been using that one for a while now.

Both play a one dimensional game, although I think Stafford is still a much better competitor and football player.
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Newton, but i think someone will draft him before us.

I live in Settle. People here don't love Locker and with just reason. He is just like Clausen, can't win games, too many missed plays.
I think the comparison to Clausen is completely inaccurate. Clausen had some of the most talented players in the nation on his offense and he couldn't get it done. Some of that may be coaching, but there is no way you can accurately compare the two. Locker didn't play with a 1/3 of the talent that Clausen did. I still believe that Clausen may develop into a top qb because he does have all the skills needed, we'll just have to see if he's given the chance and if he works hard enough to earn it.
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I think the comparison to Clausen is completely inaccurate. Clausen had some of the most talented players in the nation on his offense and he couldn't get it done. Some of that may be coaching, but there is no way you can accurately compare the two. Locker didn't play with a 1/3 of the talent that Clausen did. I still believe that Clausen may develop into a top qb because he does have all the skills needed, we'll just have to see if he's given the chance and if he works hard enough to earn it.
Didn't Clausen's ND offense put up over 30 points six times last year, only to lose five times because the defense gave up more, or something like that?
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Didn't Clausen's ND offense put up over 30 points six times last year, only to lose five times because the defense gave up more, or something like that?
They put up 30+ 8 times in 2009 and lost 4 of those games. Yeah, you're right, ND's defense that year was horrid to say the least, at least as far as points allowed go. Clausen has a ton of talent, but to compare Locker and his production is just not a good comparison due to the level of talent each team had. Considering how terrible the Panthers talent level currently is on offense, how could anyone expect much from Clausen.
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I've been doing some intense highlight/lowlight film watching on the big quarterbacks including, Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, and Ryan Mallett,. Here are my breakdowns.

Blaine Gabbert:
Comparison: Joe Flacco

Jake Locker:
Comparison: A poor mans Aaron Rodgers

Ryan Mallett
Comparison: Matt Stafford with less mobility and accuracy.

Cam Newton
Comparison: Very unique. High end accuracy, great running threat, has it all.
Good breakdowns IRM
In general i think its tough to make comparisons to NFL players but for what its worth here's my thoughts on your comparisons.

Gabbert's game and the way he throws the ball reminds me of Carson Palmer (pre-injury).

Locker reminds me of a cross between a more athletic and mechanically sound version of Cutler (w/ less arm strength) and more athletic version of Matt Stafford.

Ryan Mallett reminds me of quicker thinking Joe Flacco w/ a dash of Phillip Rivers attitude.

Newton reminds me of a bigger, mentally stable, more fundamentally sound bigger version of Vince Young.
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I'm still not high on Gabbert saw him play quite a bit this season and has very avg downfield accuracy, good arm but really not worth top 10 pick.. In fact I bet he slips down in the draft after the combine.

I will say Gabbert has good potential though, I believe at one point he was the number 1 QB in the nation when recruited.

I'd take locker only if we can trade down around 18 ish.

At 10 if Cam is there, we should take him.. He loves the game of football and has potential out of this world.

IMHO I'd rather draft Some speed at LB at 10 but we all know shanny loves QBs
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I will say Gabbert has good potential though, I believe at one point he was the number 1 QB in the nation when recruited.
Scout.com had him ranked as the #7 QB in his class. Rivals however had him as #1 so take your pick.

I say we wait for Danny O'Brien lol
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trade the pick to the Eagles for Kolb,sign Vince Young as backup
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Here are some numbers i would assess to the top 4 qb's in this draft: Please edit as seen fit.

Jake Locker:
Odds at being a 10-12 year starter: 1:4
Odds at flaming out or becoming a Campbell-like journeyman: 1:3
Time needed to sit before ready to start: 8 weeks-1 season.

Ryan Mallett:
Odds at being a 10-12 year starter: 1:3
Odds at flaming out or becoming a Campbell-like journeyman: 1:3
Time needed to sit before ready to start: 1 Season at most.

Blaine Gabbert:
Odds at being a 10-12 year starter: 1:4
Odds at flaming out or becoming a Campbell-like journeyman: 1:2
Time needed to sit before ready to start: Immediately to 1 season.

Cam Newton:
Odds at being a 10-12 year starter: 1:2
Odds at flaming out or becoming a Campbell-like journeyman: 1:3
Time needed to sit before ready to start: 1-2 seasons.
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trade the pick to the Eagles for Kolb,sign Vince Young as backup
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Should have clarified and said you've got to pick a QB at 10
Of certain things, the Redskins can be clear—even if they can't get a front line, immediate starter, the Redskins still need to draft a quarterback. While Rex Grossman can be a short-term solution, the 'Skins have to think long term.
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Cam Newton is too much of an unknown to run a NFL offensive formation. That is too much of a gamble at #10 and I would stay away from him. He might love the game but drop back passers are the way to go.

Cam will have to learn how to read defensives. He has to be quick enough to check down. He just does not have that going for him. Lastly, he must be QB smart. I see talent in him to escape the pressure, but that's not playing the position.

I like the sleeper in Andy Dalton. Please, no more Auburn QBs.
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Cam Newton is too much of an unknown to run a NFL offensive formation. That is too much of a gamble at #10 and I would stay away from him. He might love the game but drop back passers are the way to go.

Cam will have to learn how to read defensives. He has to be quick enough to check down. He just does not have that going for him. Lastly, he must be QB smart. I see talent in him to escape the pressure, but that's not playing the position.

I like the sleeper in Andy Dalton. Please, no more Auburn QBs.
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