The 2011 NFL draft includes eight quarterbacks widely regarded as potential first- and second-day prospects.
They are: Cam Newton (Auburn), Blaine Gabbert (Missouri), Colin Kaepernick (Nevada), Jake Locker (Washington), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas), Andy Dalton (TCU), Christian Ponder (Florida State), and Ricky Stanzi (Iowa).
We’ve been tracking down each quarterback’s plans for the Combine, and whether or not they will compete on the even playing field in Indianapolis. Here’s what we’ve come up with so far:
Expected to throw at Combine:
Newton, per himself.
Kaepernick, per PFT.
Locker, per himself.
Mallett, per SI.com.
Dalton, per FOX Sports’ Adam Caplan.
Stanzi, also per Caplan.
Not expected to throw at Combine:
Gabbert, per USA Today.
Ponder, per himself.
UPDATE (9:20 p.m. Tuesday): Ponder has decided to throw in Indy, after all.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will not throw at the Combine and may even miss his Pro Day due to two fractures in his right hand. The injury occurred during January’s Senior Bowl game.
Other QBs invited to Combine: Ryan Colburn (Fresno State), Pat Devlin (Delaware), Nate Enderle (Idaho), Jerrod Johnson (Texas A&M), Josh Portis (California, PA), Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech), Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin), Jeff Van Camp (Florida Atlantic), T.J. Yates (North Carolina).