McNabb Trade Likely?

March 25, 2010

The latest rumours doing the rounds are the impending movement of Donovan McNabb to the St Louis Rams for the 33rd overall pick and OJ Otogwe. The Rams brass have denied the rumour, but there is no doubt some trade discussions have taken place. Such a move would benefit both teams and the Eagles, knowing that McNabb has only 1 year left on the contract, would get a contributor at the 33rd spot and a likely starter in Otogwe. With Kolb ready to go, Philly must be tempted. For the Rams there has been plenty of discussion about taking Sam Bradford first overall, but a trade would give them the starter needed at QB and the chance to choose their top DT. Whilst it sounds as though it isn’t happening this week, depending on Bradford’s Pro Day, it could happen before the draft.

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FULL DRAFT COVERAGE

March 19, 2010

QBcentral.com will be following all the action on draft weekend (all 3 days of it), with detailed analysis of all QB action, but also coverage from across all selections. We will be blogging regularly and discussing the draft on our facebook page throughout the selections.

Pete Carroll and his Seattle staff must be having a moment reminiscent of the Carolina Panthers revelation of Jake Delhomme and the Houston Texans with Matt Schaub as they appear likely to tab San Diego backup and former Clemson star Charlie Whitehurst as their QB of the future. Whitehurst hasn’t even played a down in the NFL in his years as a backup, sitting #3 behind Billy Volek and Rivers in SD. But the Seattle brass looks likely to make a trade play for Whitehurst a RFA who the Chargers tendered at 3rd round level. Whitehurst today signed this tender, meaning a trade is imminent. This would all but eliminate any discussion of drafting a #1 QB, allowing them to attack OL, RB and WR in the draft instead with their 2 picks. Matt Hasselbeck will probably be given 1 last year under center before handing it over. Last year’s mid round draftee Mike Teal (Rutgers) must be looking forward to life on the bench buried at #3.

Tim Tebow’s mechanics improvement will help the team willing to give him a shot as a legit starting QB, but for those who weren’t sold on him, nothing has changed. Tebow showed signs of the hard work with a good throwing performance at Florida’s Pro Day, although reports have suggested there were still glimpses of the old delivery from time to time. Either way, Tebow fans will remain Tebow fans and doubters, well, still doubting. Expect him off the board in the 3rd.

Former Cleveland QB Derek Anderson agreed to a contract with the Arizona Cardinals today, but what will his role be? Leinart is sure to be given first opportunity to be the franchise QB he was envisaged as when the Cards drafted him, and now Anderson will offer some veteran depth and enough of a push to keep Leinart honest. Anderson was also interested in Seattle who may end up having to take the RFA road with Charlie Whitehurst or look afield. In his announcement presser, Anderson confirmed he expected to be #2 in Arizona.

GROSSMAN TO WASHINGTON

March 18, 2010

Rex Grossman has joined the Redskins in what now looks like a pretty crowded but unspectacular depth chart. Grossman joins Jason Campbell, Colt Brennan and Todd Collins, but there remains speculation that the #4 overall pick could be used on a passer. Grossman would offer a solid #2 for a young passer if they decide to go that way.

Brady Quin is  a Bronco. In a trade that should ignite the Denver fan-base and open the Broncos options up, Cleveland has dealt QB Brady Quinn to the Mile High city for RB/FB Peyton Hillis plus a 2011 6th Rounder and 2012 Conditional Pick. The trade seems a bargain for Denver who give up little for a chance at a franchise QB. With Josh McDaniels’ offense one very similar to what Brady Quinn ran in college, Quinn should immediately compete with Kyle Orton to be the guy under center.

Quinn became expendable for the Browns with the additions of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, incoming RB Peyton Hillis a good fit for the offense being installed by Mike Holmgren.

Akili Smith rode a great season at QB for Oregon into a high NFL draft selection by the Cincinnati Bengals, where we become one of the league’s more notable busts. Now he will reunite with his former mentor at Oregon Jeff Tedford as he takes on the role of QB coach at Cal. Smith will have a busy job trying to get some balance back under center in Berkeley, where QB stability disappeared post Aaron Rodgers.

Cleveland Adds Delhomme

March 14, 2010

The Cleveland Browns have signed former Carolina Panthers QB Jake Delhomme to be their QB, presumably their starter, after he signed a 2 year deal. Whilst not much of a risk to sign Delhomme, tabbing him as their starter could be problematic, given his 2009 form. This surely puts Brady Quinn open for trade offers more than ever before with Seneca Wallace on board. Look for the Browns to find a good WCO fit in the draft to protect the future.

Ruffled Feathers?

March 12, 2010

Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli is a heap of trouble, charged with Burglary after the recent revelation of frat house theft.

Read ESPN.com’s coverage here.

That, along with the charging of star RB LaMichael James spells problems for coach Chip Kelly.

With Masoli suspended for the season, will it be Nate Costa or Darron Thomas who get the start? Thomas offers the most upside and the chance to lead the Ducks for 3 years, whilst Costa has just the one year as a senior. Both are very capable stand-ins and spring camp will give Kelly the chance to see both. I have to think Thomas will be given the chance here.