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2010 draft quarterback rankings

1. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma.
Highly intelligent (first-team Academic All-Big Twelve, 36 Wonderlic score), accurate and athletic, Bradford is a cinch pick for Rams G.M. Billy Devaney.
Draft Prediction: Rams, No. 1 overall.
2. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame.
He improved as rapidly as any college passer between the 2007 and 2009 seasons, but Clausen’s stock is haunted by question marks about his leadership skills and a sense of entitlement.
Draft Prediction: Vikings, No. 30 overall.
3. John Skelton, Fordham.
6-foot-5, 243 with a cannon, Skelton delivers the football powerfully from an array of release points but lacks polish and carries level-of-competition concerns coming from the non-scholarship D-IAA ranks.
Draft Prediction: Cardinals, No. 89 overall.
4. Colt McCoy, Texas.
A four-year starter with a 45-7 record, the 2009 Big Twelve Offensive Player of the Year possesses less than adequate arm strength and comes from a Texas Tech-style spread offense.
Draft Prediction: Browns, No. 38 overall.
5. Tony Pike, Cincinnati.
Pike is injury prone, played at a rail thin 6-foot-6 and 212 pounds, and struggles to make throws outside the numbers, but led the Bearcats to an undefeated regular season in 2009.
Draft Prediction: Bills, No. 107 overall.
6. Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee.
A bust as the No. 3 overall QB recruit in ’05 — behind Ryan Perrilloux and Mark Sanchez — Crompton finally realized his promise in Lane Kiffin’s pro-style offense last season.
Draft Prediction: Panthers, No. 202 overall.
7. Tim Tebow, Florida.
Tebow received little schooling on the fundamentals of drop-back passing from Urban Meyer, but remained highly productive as a three-year starter and exhibited the ability to learn quickly by impressing with a revamped throwing motion at the Gators’ March 17 Pro Day.
Draft Prediction: Colts, No. 63 overall.
8. Jarrett Brown, West Virginia.
A misfit for West Virginia’s read-option spread offense, Brown is a pro-style passer — not a run-first, option quarterback like predecessor Pat White — and proved it as one of the Senior Bowl’s premier signal callers. 
Draft Prediction: Jaguars, No. 108 overall.
9. Jevan Snead, Ole Miss.
Snead would be a top-ten pick if only arm strength mattered, but he regressed badly as a junior after an excellent sophomore season yet still declared for the draft early.
Draft Prediction: Bengals, No. 152 overall.
10. Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan.
LeFevour went just 7-11 against non-MAC teams in his college career, played almost strictly from the shotgun, and exhibited the physical skill set of a late-round quarterback at the Chippewas’ March 24 Pro Day.
Draft Prediction: Packers, No. 122 overall.
For much more in-depth analysis of this year’s quarterback class, bang it here.
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41 Responses to “2010 draft quarterback rankings”
  1. Joel_mac5 says: Mar 26, 2010 6:21 PM

    This is so full of failure, I don’t know where to begin.

  2. Gautam says: Mar 26, 2010 6:29 PM

    Tebow to Colts … what the HELL are you guys smoking ?

  3. Ed_Skins says: Mar 26, 2010 6:42 PM

    Someone’s sniffing some serious glue or
    needs to learn something about football.
    Tebow below Clausen, let alone in 7th, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (and Clausen in 2nd… and hasn’t had a winning season since High School) ROFLMAO

  4. Ed_Skins says: Mar 26, 2010 6:45 PM

    Oh and the fact that this author doesn’t have ANY of them going to the Redskins… further shows how clueless they are. Skins WILL grab a QB in this draft… Shanahan wouldn’t be wasting his time looking at Bradfrod, Tebow, Clausen and McCoy if they weren’t.

  5. Grizzlygroundhog says: Mar 26, 2010 8:00 PM

    thats BS about Jimmy Clausen not having leadership skills, that kid has impressed me so much, every body in that notre dame locker room believed in jimmy clausen, i think jimmy will be a better qb than sam bradford, i remember how people were talking about Alex Smith being great and how he got drafted #1, well you know who else was in that draft, a person named Aaron Rodgers, haha looks like the 49ers screwed that one up, jimmy clausen will be a good pro and a good leader

  6. frank booth says: Mar 26, 2010 8:09 PM

    Joel_mac5 says:
    March 26, 2010 6:21 PM
    This is so full of failure, I don’t know where to begin.
    ===================================
    You could begin by providing your “correct” analysis.

  7. chad says: Mar 26, 2010 8:18 PM

    Ed_Skins:
    Clausen is obviously 2 and Tebow is lucky to be ranked at 7. I think you may be the person that needs to learn a little about football. And also look at some other rankings list’s because they all are similar to this one.

  8. tylerconway22 says: Mar 26, 2010 8:19 PM

    This might be the worst thing I’ve ever read on this site – and that’s saying something.
    How in the hell can anyone with an IQ over 4 think Clausen slips the entire way to pick 30?
    And, like it or not, Tebow isn’t getting out of the top half of the second round.
    Crompton “reached his promise??????” REALLY? Did you watch a Tennessee game last season? Crompton was the reason they weren’t 8-4 or 9-3.
    I realize special needs people need jobs and NBC is an equal opportunity employer, but this is ridiculous. You should be fired just for hitting post.

  9. TFBuckFutter says: Mar 26, 2010 8:20 PM

    I think Jevan Snead should be ranked higher than Tebow is only for the fact that he looks slightly less retarded.
    And bitch looks just like Corky from Life Goes On.

  10. TipRoast says: Mar 26, 2010 8:29 PM

    Tony Pike is rail thin?
    The experts thought Brady was too skinny for the NFL, too.
    I think Pike goes in the 2nd round.

  11. daffx4 says: Mar 26, 2010 8:30 PM

    What about the greased up deaf guy?

  12. FreeAgentPro says: Mar 26, 2010 8:38 PM

    Tebow to the Colts and studying under Manning would be just great for Tebow’s development. Hpowever, I doubt that Polian would waste a 2nd round pick on him.

  13. subadai says: Mar 26, 2010 8:43 PM

    Man… there are alot of draft experts that comment on this site apparently.
    If it was me, I would have just ranked ‘em and left out the predictions about where they will be drafted.
    I’m of the opinion that the QB choices of NFL franchises are ultimately more a function of “feel” on the part of coaches and GM’s than of any hard statistical analysis or film study.
    It’s funny, it’s supposedly the most important position in the NFL but no franchise I am aware of has any ability to analyze and draft them with anything level of success better than flipping a coin would provide.
    QB is a total crap shoot in the draft.

  14. mastablasta says: Mar 26, 2010 8:51 PM

    it never surprises me year after year,all these guys who think they know what the talent is gonna do in the nfl,and where they should get drafted. what a waste of time,and yet i am always sucked in,i will start off by saying this list SUCKS,i do not believe anyone on your top 10 will be of any quality past five years in the league.
    second i will say,i think[guess],that the one qb that is gonna be a true franchise qb for the next 8-11 years isnt on your list or almost anybody elses list and that is mr. Zac robinson[no i am noot a crzy okla st homer,i live in baltimore],but i have watched almost all of thier gmes,i think he will be like the tom brady of “10” draft,maybe a 6th/7th rounder,but under the radar,no pressure,he was a great qb for most of his college years and,well i guess its just a feeling,buti just dont understand how crompton and lefevour and others made it on,but hey guess thats why you get paid for it,but wait,same guys touted alex smith/jamarcus russell/akeli smith,so high and said nothing about guys like brady/warner/and so on,have a nice day

  15. kingfenris69 says: Mar 26, 2010 8:54 PM

    if we dont take bradford I think we may actually not draft a qb this year. (skins)

  16. LewD says: Mar 26, 2010 8:54 PM

    Florio, this is your fault!

  17. John_Claytons_Football_Career says: Mar 26, 2010 9:02 PM

    Clausen to the Vikings at number 30? You deserved to be fired.

  18. Dawgpound2009 says: Mar 26, 2010 9:13 PM

    The author of this article must watch more figuring skating than football.
    1) Jimmy Clausen will not slip to the Vikings @ #30. It has become fashionable for online draft guru to have Clausen falling like Rodgers or Quinn did. Clausen is not Quinn. Some team will pull the trigger on him way before the vikings pick.
    2) Colt Mccoy is not going to the Browns. They will look at yet another QB of the future in the 3rd round or later. They have 3 choices in the 3rd round.
    3) As much as I like John Skelton as prospect, there is no way he is the 3rd best quarterback in the draft. He has a lot potential that must be developed over time. I would love to see the Browns snag him in the third or fourth round.

  19. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 26, 2010 9:17 PM

    Clausen may wind up being a great QB, but he looks like he was about born 4-5 months premature. His Mom and Dad should have taken him to the bowling alley and ran his head through the ball polisher, because something’s not right about the shape of his noggin. It’s almost as if someone cloned Chris Farley from the neck up, then compressed it in an industrial press.
    Still, he’ll never make it to the 30th pick.

  20. floriosadildo says: Mar 26, 2010 10:32 PM

    mastablasta, you’re,an,idiot,who needs,to,layoff,the,crack,

  21. NoseBleedFan says: Mar 26, 2010 10:39 PM

    This years quarterback class intrigues me in that they all have major question marks…I look forward to five years from now and seeing who’s emerged as “the man” from this class…I could see a sleeper turning out to be the best of the bunch…ala Joe Montana (3rd round) or Tom Brady (6th round). I think being in the right place at the right time is the key.

  22. Big M says: Mar 26, 2010 10:43 PM

    Pike and Crompton = Mid-Round gems

  23. red44skinz says: Mar 26, 2010 11:21 PM

    Clausen sucks, plain & simple & there is no way he should be drafted before teammate Golden Tate. Tate was the best player on the Irish by far & probably the best Notre prospect since Justin Tuck.
    Clausen will be a bust, every year there is a reach at the QB position.
    Year – QB (round)
    ’10 – Jimmy Clausen (?)
    ’09 – Josh Freeman (1)
    ’08 – Brian Brohm (2)
    ’07 – JaMarcus Russell (1)
    ’06 – Matt Leinart (1)
    ’05 – Jason Campbell (1)
    ’04 – JP Losman (1)
    ’03 – Byron Leftwich/Kyle Boller (1)
    ’02 – Carr/Harrington/Ramsey (1)
    ’01 – Marques Tuiasosopo & Quincy Carter (2)

  24. mwcarolina says: Mar 27, 2010 12:08 AM

    whoever made this draft is stupid, Snead as a Bengal??????? why!!!!!???? don’t the Redskins have a BIG BIG hole there!!!!??? so why do THEY pass on Snead, Tebow and McCoy??? while teams who do NOT need passers like the Vikings (Favre), Cardnals (Leinart/Anderson) and Packers (Rodgers) take them???

  25. xspixels says: Mar 27, 2010 12:18 AM

    lol seriously, Clausen will be a good NFL QB?? Has anybody paid attention to Brady “Noodle Arm” Quinn? Notre Dame QB’s Suck BALLZ, with the exception of Joe Montana.

  26. jebdamone says: Mar 27, 2010 12:31 AM

    this is the second QB ranking that i have read now that thinks clausen is going to fall to the vikes at 30. that is absolutely absurd unless they know something that no one else does. i had never heard of this skelton guy until about two months ago but since have watched all his tape and really like what i see. big, strong, moves well, has a good arm and can make ALL the throws even on the run. a lot of shotgun, but also has some tape in three and five step drops as well as play action. obviously his competition leaves something to be desired, but i would love to see the vikes snatch him up in the third or fourth round if he is still on the board. no thanks on mccoy, tebow, pike, snead.

  27. UGLY HEAD says: Mar 27, 2010 12:40 AM

    Every year there are 3 succesful QB’s and some of those take a few years to pan out. My three are:
    Bradford – in year 2
    McCoy – after waiting in the wings like Aaron Rogers
    Snead – If he lands behind Manning or Brady (5 years)
    The rest including Clausen will be busts expecially Crompton.

  28. johnnyhose says: Mar 27, 2010 12:59 AM

    Oh, I understand it now Silva, you idiot, you did it backwards with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best.
    I don’t care how smart he is, the last time I looked I’ve never seen an Ivy league type Qb make it in the Nfl and if he was so smart he’d of felt the pressure and not got killed twice in 6 games, plus it was the defenses that OU, texas had, and the the defenses that Bradford and McCoy played against that make them so good.
    Here’s an idea, don’t just watch tapes of players watch a whole college game before you start making comments about something you don’t know about.
    Stick to the nfl you dope.

  29. kevinmack says: Mar 27, 2010 4:28 AM

    How the F@ck did you come up with this Order of Names?
    Shouldnt you list the names in order of Proj. Draft Pick? Or Alphabetically?
    Thats the first problem.
    2nd Problem is Tebow is The Greatest if not one of the top 3 Greatest College football players EVER!
    He will go 1st Round or Early 2nd.

  30. Route36West says: Mar 27, 2010 5:28 AM

    Clausen is way to high:
    1.Bradford
    2.McCoy
    3.Skelton
    4.Tebow
    5.Pike
    6.Compton
    7.Clausen
    thats the order.
    I dont think anyone who has mad qb ranking with Clausen that high hasnt watched him play. I think everyone who makes these rankings just looks at mock drafts and makes there assumptions off of that.
    A mock draft and a ranking is alot different. Just because Clausen is going to be drafted that high doesnt mean hes a better play. Jamarcus Russell was a number 1 and surely isnt the best qb to come out of his draft class.
    Clausen isnt a winner and your right he isnt a leader and does have an entitlement problem. I think it all comes together however. I think because he has a sense of entitlement people dislike him for it which makes them want to distance themselves from him which makes him unable to lead which inturn will always keep him from being a winner.
    If you want to predict who will or wont be a draft bust, he is the closest to being a sure thing that I have ever seen.

  31. botchedextrapoint says: Mar 27, 2010 5:37 AM

    Pike too thin – Best place for him would be Raiders. Jamarcus could help Pike with that too thin thing.

  32. heirshouse says: Mar 27, 2010 6:17 AM

    LMAO..CROMPTON above Tebow..seriously dude..Crompton!!! This has to be a joke.

  33. CKL says: Mar 27, 2010 12:22 PM

    mastablasta says:
    March 26, 2010 8:51 PM
    it never surprises me year after year,all these guys who think they know what the talent is gonna do in the nfl,and where they should get drafted. what a waste of time,and yet i am always sucked in,i will start off by saying this list SUCKS,i do not believe anyone on your top 10 will be of any quality past five years in the league.
    second i will say,i think[guess],that the one qb that is gonna be a true franchise qb for the next 8-11 years isnt on your list or almost anybody elses list and that is mr. Zac robinson[no i am noot a crzy okla st homer,i live in baltimore],but i have watched almost all of thier gmes,i think he will be like the tom brady of “10” draft,maybe a 6th/7th rounder,but under the radar,no pressure,he was a great qb for most of his college years and,well i guess its just a feeling,buti just dont understand how crompton and lefevour and others made it on,but hey guess thats why you get paid for it,but wait,same guys touted alex smith/jamarcus russell/akeli smith,so high and said nothing about guys like brady/warner/and so on,have a nice day
    ____________________________
    I’m 100% with you on Robinson. Reminds me a bit of Matt Moore who caught my eye as a JR in 2006.

  34. Gatesn89 says: Mar 29, 2010 1:36 PM

    Ed_Skins-
    “Someone’s sniffing some serious glue or
    needs to learn something about football.
    Tebow below Clausen, let alone in 7th, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA (and Clausen in 2nd… and hasn’t had a winning season since High School) ROFLMAO”
    They have him going pick 30 to the vikings..thats not second round..learn something about football. LOL your an idiot.

  35. Gatesn89 says: Mar 29, 2010 1:40 PM

    Like everyone here knows more about football then this PROFESSIONAL sports writer…right..

  36. Butt Plug says: Mar 30, 2010 6:25 PM

    There is a ginormous number of morons posting on this blog. From the logic I have gathered from alot of the bacteria on here is that Clausen will be a bust b/c he is from Notre Dame like Quinn, and Quinn was a bust?? Well I guess Crompton, who is the biggest underachiever I have ever seen in college will be great because he comes from Tennessee and Manning played there some years ago. I guess Snead will follow in Eli’s footsteps as well. You tools need a new sport to watch, football is obviously not your cup of tea.

  37. bloodystupidjohnson says: Mar 31, 2010 11:45 AM

    What about Mike Kafka from Northwestern? Maybe a late round selection?

  38. Dawg4Life says: Mar 31, 2010 12:46 PM

    I don’t understand how you all can decide who will be a “bust” before they are even drafted. Most “busts” are a result mor of the team around them than on anything they did in college. While I will agree there are a lot of system QB’s and great college players who won’t translate to quality NFL players, you have to admit that many times the team is what kills the career. Tim Couch was “the most NFL ready QB” in the ’99 draft ans you can see how that worked out. Not because of his lack of ability but because the Browns has no O line whatsoever, no NFL quality running back, and a defense that struggeled to get off the field. I have a feeling things may have ended differently for him has he fallen in the draft (Aaron Rogers) to a team that was in a better situation than the Browns. Roethlisberger could easily have been a “bust” has he not fallen into a Steelers team that had a crushing defense, power running game, and solid O line protecting him. After a couple years of only being asked to throw 12 times a game, he developed into a very good NFL QB.

  39. KM91 says: Mar 31, 2010 3:38 PM

    How is Crompton over Tebow and Lefevour?

  40. The Devil says: Apr 9, 2010 9:12 PM

    fordham?
    i don’t even know where this place is..
    is has not been relevant since Vince left there.
    Get real, these small school players VERY rarely work out. Just look at the bird brained QB for the Raven – small school, small mind and will never lead a true playoff team in the NFL

  41. GoBears84 says: Apr 9, 2010 10:17 PM

    @ xspixels….
    Read once in a while…Everybody really believes quinn is ‘too muscular’ to be a nfl qb….his mechanics are off because of his size…tell me you haven’t seen the cover of that muscle and fitness issue? one day you will realize that just because your 10 year old daughter has larger arms than yourself, you can really see how his size really restricts his movement, release, the whole deal. just sayin.

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