matt_stafford_georgia_bulldogs31Round 1, Selection 1, Detroit selects Matthew Stafford, QB, University of Georgia.

The underclassman from Texas has long been touted as having prototypical skills and size for the NFL. The lions agree, making him a very rich young man. This pick makes sense in so many ways for Detroit – they get a face for a hapless franchise, a genuine talent and avoid being second-guessed for years to come. The rest is up to Stafford.

Check out NFL.com’s coverage of the pick: http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80ffa6de

2009draft_msanchez1Round 1, Selection 5, New York Jets selects Mark Sanchez, QB, USC.

Another underclassmen, Sanchez was so coveted that New York trade up from 17 to get their franchise QB. Sanchez has the tools and the personality to succeed in New York, where the media market is brutal. Sanchez will now hope to see the Jets find some more WR help to go along with the strong run game. Like Stafford, there are plenty of eyes firmly fixed on Sanchez. Here is the NFL.com draft footage:  http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80ffaa40

josh_freemanRound 1, Selection 17, Tampa selects Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State.

Undoubtedly possessing NFL tools, Freeman probably benefits from the drop-off in talent below by climbing into the first. Tampa believe in his ability and with Byron Leftwich, Brian Griese and co. to steer the ship while he develops, they are a good landing point for Freeman. He is a prospect and it will fascinating to see how he develops. See his draft selection here: http://www.nfl.comvideos?videoId=09000d5d80ffb98b

pat_white_Round 2, Selection 44, Miami selects Pat White, QB, West Virginia

Many wondered where Pat White would end up and Miami was a location suggested by many, especially those who thought he would be perfect to implement the Wildcats facets of their offense. Unfortunately, for White, Miami is set at QB so there is no realistic chance of being anything other than a 3rd string or emergency option under center. When evaluating Pat White, it could be pondered that if White ran a 4.9 and wasn’t elusive, would he be a second rounder? The answer to that is no. What about if he was 6’3 with the same skills. Would he be considered by more teams as primarily a quarterback?

mcgee21Round 4, Selection 101, Dallas  selects Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A & M

McGee was miscast for most of his career at Texas A & M until Mike Sherman took over the reins and installed the West Coast. Unfortunately for McGee he was injured in his senior season so didn’t get the chance to  fulfill his promise in college. What it does mean is that Dallas possibly got a steal in the 4th. He won’t be an early starter, but has the chance to work his way into the mix in a couple of years, especially if Romo can’t deliver. Either way, with Jon Kitna the clear backup, McGee has time on his side for the Cowboys to see what he has got.

Bomar's Return FootballRound 5, Selection 151, New York Giants  select  Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State

With Eli Manning ahead of him, there is no starting gig in New York for Bomar any time soon. The one-time Oklahoma starter was kicked-off the Sooners teams for NCAA infractions and ended up taking his big-time skills to small-time Sam Houston State.  It was probably a good thing for his character, but if he had’ve stayed at OK who knows where he might have been drafted. Look for Bomar to end up as a clear # 2 in a year or so and a potential trade carrot in the future. Coach Tom Coughlin is a tough task-master on QBs, which is probably just what Bomar needs.

natedavis1Round 5, Selection 171, San Francisco selects  Nate Davis, QB, Ball State

Davis had all the tools and all the promise. The scouts were eyeing off his skill set.  And then it all came tumbling down. A poor finish to the season in MAC Championship game and GMAC Bowl left scouts puzzled. Word of his learning difficulties spread and raised questions over his ability to pick up a Pro Offense. At the combine and his pro day he shed his trademark throwing glove with little success. A possible first-rounder became a second-day option. Luckily for Davis the 49ers saw enough to use a fifth round pick. With Alex Smith and Shaun Hill battling it out atop the depth chart, there is reason to believe Davis has a shot to compete in the bay.

tom_brandstater_3Round 6, Selection 174, Denver  selects  Tom Brandstater, QB, Fresno State

For mine, the best second-day option for teams in need of a future starter. Brandstater has the ideal build for a pro,  reminding many of Tom Brady in his stature in the pocket.  Brandstater will enter a situation in Denver where Chris Simms and Kyle Orton are competing to be the opening day starter. Next year, one of the two should be gone and Brandstater is in place for a possible starting shot. Is he the next Matt Cassel or Tom Brady? McDaniels has worked wonders with these sort of guys before, there couldn’t be a better spot for the Fresno State signalcaller.

t1_teelRound 6, Selection 178, Seattle  selects  Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers

Teel had an outstanding junior year. Expectations were high entering his senior year, and after a tough start for him and the Scarlet Knights as a team, Teel led Rutgers to a strong finish, amassing yards and touchdowns along the way. Seattle is a good spot for Teel, who probably, with a decent mini-camp and training-camp  showing, has a great shot at entering the season as #2 behind Hasselbeck. With the long-time Pro-Bowler a regular on the injured list, this could mean early game time for the rookie. If he can show something in this time, who knows what could happen.

keith-nullRound 6, Selection 196, St Louis  selects  Keith Null, QB, West Texas A & M

Definitely a sleeper among the QB draft hopefuls, Null has captured the attention of the Rams coaching staff under Spagnuolo, who have witnessed Null rise from a free-agent likely to a draftee. Null brings some strong skills and pocket-presence with decent mobility and should have a chance to cement the #3 spot on the depth chart. With Marc Bulger the starter, but not the long-term future of the club, the Rams had to start putting some pieces in place for 2 or 3 years down the track. Null is a developmental pick who could have the potential to be a solid backup.

cpainter_intRound 6, Selection 102, Indianapolis  selects  Curtis Painter, QB, Purdue

Peyton Manning doesn’t miss games. That is why Jim Sorgi is the backup and the Colts only carry two QBs. So to use a draft pick on Painter suggests they think he might have enough to unseat Sorgi as Manning’s caddy. Pre-season, Painter was considered the best senior QB prospect. Then the season started and nothing worked out as hoped. He fell out of favour with coach Joe Tiller and was benched at times. But he still displayed the potential and big arm needed. With the smarts and a pocket manner similar to Manning, Painter could have a chance to be a solid backup. First he must see off Jim Sorgi.

ncf_w_edelman_1951Round 7, Selection 232,New England  selects  Julian Edelman, QB, Kent State

Bill Bellichick is a trend-setter, but he won’t ignore other things that work. After getting torched early in the year by the Dolphins in Wildcat mode, ‘the Hoodie’ has drafted his own QB to fashion the Wildcat. Kent State’s Julian Edelman was a junior college transfer to Kent State and piled up as much yardage rushing as passing. He still possesses a strong enough arm to keep defenses honest as a two-way threat in the package.  The big if, is whether he can impress enough early to win a roster spot.  I see him as a practice squad guy opening the season.

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