It's been widely speculated that Denver will draft a QB to compete with Tebow, Weber and a Free agent. Question is, who and when. Personally i believe they will sign a veteran guy to back-up Tebow. Who will "compete" with Tebow, but more than likely just be his backup.
So now, lets look at the draft. Luck and RG3 won't be options for us. So lets look at the rest.
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M - 6'4 222lbs
Accuracy: Very good accuracy in the short passing game, puts ball on the numbers or in a place where receiver can make a play after the catch, even when throwing off his back foot. Quite accurate making plays on the run, squares his shoulders throwing in either direction, has deft touch but also puts some zip on shorter to intermediate throws and places the ball to the outside. Hits open receivers in stride downfield. Generally throws a nice fade to the outside, will underthrow when trying to put too much air under the pass. Makes intermediate throws to the short side of the field, but too often sails throws over the middle or to the sideline from the pocket.
Arm Strength: Possesses an NFL arm. Gets the ball from one hash to the opposite sideline in a hurry. Has the zip to hit tight windows on short and intermediate throws. Tight spiral aids velocity. Flips the ball 20-30 yards downfield on the run.
Setup/Release: Inconsistent release, at times flipping the ball out quickly like Philip Rivers and winding up on other throws. Height and tall, balanced posture in pocket makes it easy to survey the field. Splits time between shotgun and coming out from under center. Takes extra steps in his drop at times. Feels interior pressure too quickly, throws off back foot when unnecessary (though it's still accurate). Pats ball to keep rhythm. Delivery gets a bit sidearm, allows linemen to knock down throws. Not practiced stepping up into the pocket to find room to throw.
Reading Defenses: Sees the field very well when the play breaks down and occasionally changes plays at the line, but needs work recognizing coverages. Will throw his man into a defender, resulting in big hits. Also needs to be cognizant of blitzes and outside pressure, puts himself (and the ball) in danger too often by failing to see late comers and secondary rush. Sells play fake and is patient enough to look to one side of the field before going to primary option on misdirection plays. Stares down receivers too often, NFL-caliber defenders close on his passes to create turnovers.
On the Move: Excellent mobility for his size, not surprising given his success at receiver. Regularly used on bootlegs (with good urgency on play fake) to either side of the formation take advantage of his athleticism. Presses the line running to his left, puts himself into the arms of defenders. Good touch on underneath throws when plays break down. Won't get the corner as easily against NFL defenders, but has the quickness to get chunks of yardage on naked bootlegs and when lanes open in man coverage. Watches the pressure and flushes a bit early, but once in the open he looks for downfield targets. Tough player, but takes too many hits downfield on zone-read plays and scrambles, must learn to slide. Height and slight build bring durability concerns.
Intangibles: Intelligent prospect who is very good student, a regular on first-team Academic All-Big 12 squad who hopes to one day become an orthopedic surgeon. Team player who reveled in the chance to compete on the field at receiver instead of transferring once losing the quarterback battle. Father played quarterback at Texas Tech. Occasional pooch punter.
My take: He more than likely will be gone before we pick. I like his upside, but he isn't NFL ready i believe. He has played in 22 college games at QB i believe. He will need to sit for a year and learn the position more. He started out his college career at WR, which means he's athletic. I like his upside, but i don't think it would be wise to get a QB in the first round this year, too many holes.
Brock Osweiler QB, Arizona St - 6'6 240lbs
Accuracy: Good accuracy overall, including excellent accuracy on short timing routes to backs and receivers, placing the ball slightly in front to lead receivers to potential yardage gained after the catch. Flashes good anticipation and is willing to release passes before the receiver has made his break. Good zip and ball placement on the quick slant. Good touch down the seam and on post-corner, flag routes to attack the defense vertically and horizontally. Good accuracy and zip on crossing routes over the middle. Not often asked to roll out and throw on the move in this offense but demonstrates the ability to do so, especially when rolling to his right.
Arm Strength: Possesses a strong right arm and is capable of making every NFL throw easily. Can drive the deep out to the sideline from the opposite hash and has no problem threading the needle between closing defenders. Easily zips to all areas of the field, demonstrating very good touch on underneath routes to running backs and receivers, as well as down the sideline on deep passes.
Setup/Release: Efficient set up and a quick release. Typically releases passes with a 3/4 delivery that almost shot-puts the ball and doesn't take advantage of his natural height advantage. Can drop down even lower with his delivery to complete passes around defenders. Also has a tendency to throw off his back foot when being pressured, leading to some passes drifting high and/or wide.
Reading Defenses: Excellent height to see over the defense. Wasn't asked to make many pre-snap reads in this offense. Too often stares down his primary target. Demonstrated improved ability to manipulate the defense with his eyes in 2011 though he remains under-developed in this area and does telegraph his throws.
On The Move: Surprisingly athletic considering his size. Committed to Gonzaga on a basketball scholarship as a sophomore in high school and only agreed to switch to Arizona State a year later when the Sun Devils agreed to let him play both sports. He briefly considered joining the ASU basketball team in 2010 but never played for the Sun Devils … Good balance and overall manueverability despite his height and can throw accurately on the move. Though significantly more athletic than his height would indicate, has only average straight-line speed and is easily caught from behind.
Intangibles: Has only 15 career starts and played in just 25 games, overall. Took the vast majority of snaps out of the shotgun in 2011 and will need to make the adjustment to dropping back from center -- not a unsubstantial requirement considering Osweiler's height. Courageous in the pocket. Willing to take the hit to complete the pass. Has been known as a hard worker throughout his career. Graduated high school early to join the team for spring practices in May of 2009 … Earned the team's Hard Hat Award for his work in the off-season conditioning program in 2010 … Named a team captain in 2011 … Cited the loss of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone (whom Osweiler credited with his development) as a primary reason why he elected to leave school after his junior season. Mazzone was among those fired along with head coach Dennis Erickson following the 2011 season … May be just scratching the surface of his potential …
My Take: I really like this guy. Big, athletic, with a strong arm. He's pretty raw though, and will probably be taken much earlier than expected. Probably an early 2nd round guy. Could be a late first rounder if someone wants to trade up. If he lasts until our second round pick, i wouldn't be tooo upset if we took him, but like i said, i highly doubt he lasts that long.
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St. - 6'4 222lbs
Positives: Sticks throws into tight windows over the middle, throwing to spot on slant or between zone defenders before receiver is open. Baseball pitcher background translates to NFL arm strength. Sprays the ball anywhere on the field, especially when given a pocket from which to deliver. Shows touch on fades and shorter throws and doesn?t overthrow passes to open receivers. Will step up into pocket while looking downfield, reset his feet and deliver. Tough player who takes a hit and bounces back up; played most of the 2010 season with a ruptured tendon in his right (throwing) thumb. Team leader on the practice and game fields.
Negatives: Sails throws to either sideline; receivers make him look good with acrobatic catches. Back-foot throws are not accurate. Sometimes trusts his arm too much, trying to stick passes late in the play or when he is off-balance. Gets lazy with footwork at times; will flip balls into dangerous places. Pats the ball before throwing. Almost always works out of shotgun formation on passing plays. Fails to see blitzers, opening himself up to backside pressure. Tries to avoid pressure by throwing late over the middle. Old for a rookie at 28.
My Take: Weeden is a really intriguing prospect. I believe if he wasn't 28 going on 29 when the season starts, that he would be 1st round material. I've seen grades anywhere from late 1st to early 3rd round on him. I think he could be the 3rd/4th QB off the board. If he's around in the third(which i highly doubt) i would be okay if Denver took him. He's a good passer, but how much of his success is credited to having Justin Blackmon to throw too? Will be interesting to watch him at the combine.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan St - 6'2 209lbs
Positives: Generally accurate on intermediate and short throws; flashes anticipation and placement on intermediate outs and the ability to lead receivers on deeper throws. Runs pro-style system, takes snaps under center and from the shotgun. Good height and growing build to stand in the pocket. Possesses a solid knowledge of his offense and seems to know where defenses are vulnerable. Looks off safeties to open vertical routes and will come off one receiver if covered to find second option. Three-year team captain (first sophomore Spartan to receive the honor since 1949).
Negatives: Too often fails to give receivers a chance to make a play after the catch. High completion percentage padded by many quick screens. Very ordinary arm, though there is room for improvement with better technique. Lacks strength to stretch field horizontally or vertically. Throws too many passes flat-footed or without his feet being set, and lacks arm to compensate. Double-clutches at times, leading defenders to the ball. Inconsistent decision maker on the run.
My Take: I'm not a huge fan of Cousins. I believe he'll be nothing more than a back-up in the league. He has been connected to Denver, i would be okay with the pick, if it happened in the late third, but i would much rather look at other QB's.
Nick Foles 6'4 244lbs - Arizona
Strengths: Foles is a big athlete with good height and stands tall in the pocket to survey the field. He has good (not elite) arm strength and can easily make all the NFL throws with effortless deep passes. Foles does a nice job evading pressure and stepping up in the pocket with improved pocket presence and awareness. He stays poised under pressure, keeping his eyes downfield. Foles throws well on the move and does a nice job shuffling his feet in the pocket to buy precious seconds. He is a very confident passer and shows very good accuracy and feel when in rhythm. Foles sees the entire field and understands coverage. He makes quick reads and spreads the wealth (eight Arizona players had at least 20 receptions in 2011), showing better ball placement from past years and throws very catchable passes. Foles uses good technique, squaring his shoulders to the target and stepping into his throws. He also uses deceptive and deliberate ball fakes to hold defenses. Foles works through his progressions and is content with underneath throws, but is not afraid of taking chances downfield, trusting his big-play targets. He is a very good competitor and is a crafty passer, doing whatever it takes to compete the pass. Foles is comfortable handling the ball (used the shuffle pass numerous times, including three times vs. USC in 2011). He has improved anticipation as a passer, making much more throws before his target is out of his break. Foles made better decisions as a senior and didn't suffer his first interception until the fifth game of the 2011 season (210 attempts without a pick). He has a short memory and bounces back quickly from mistakes. Foles is a vocal team leader and an ideal teammate, showing field general traits in the two-minute offense with no quit in him. He has very good practice habits and work ethic, watching a lot of film. Foles plays calm, confident and very even-keeled - never gets too high or too low regardless of the situation. He plays with his heart and is extremely tough, often playing hurt and grinding through injuries. Foles was highly productive in college, finishing as the school's all-time leading passer (10,011 yards) and led the Pac-12 in passing yards (4,334), completions (387), attempts (560) and second in completion percentage (69.1%) as a senior in 2011.
Weaknesses: Foles is only an average athlete and has happy feet with the bad habit of hopping in the pocket. He has a bit of a wind-up delivery and needs to quicken his throwing motion. Foles tends to rush throws and lose his mechanics at times, which leads to erratic passes. He has struggled with his decision-making and needs to improve his pre-snap recognition skills to read defenses and see blitzes. Foles doesn't decipher information as quickly as you would like. He is sometimes too patient as a passer, holding the ball too long, and needs to improve his internal clock. Foles puts too much air in some of his throws, sailing several of his passes and needs to show lower trajectory on deep throws. He needs to improve his touch at all levels and know when to gun it and when to take something off his throws. Foles' accuracy is solid, but far from great with streaky ball placement downfield as he tries to thread the needle too much. He needs to take better control of the ball (33 career INTs). Foles' record as a starter was only 15-18, including a disappointing 4-8 senior season with his head coach being fired. He doesn't come from a complicated college offense with mostly shotgun formations so expect a learning curve in the pros. Foles dealt with several injuries the past two seasons, most notably a left knee and hamstring injury so durability is a minor issue.
-- Dane Brugler
My Take: I like Foles more than some, but i would not take him any earlier than the 4th round. If he's available in the 4th i'd love if the Broncos drafted him. Develop him and see how he fairs. Big guy, and athletic enough to move around in the pocket. I like his upside. He's a team leader. At least would be a valuable backup in the future.
Ryan Lindley, San Diego St - 6'4 230lbs
Accuracy: Very inconsistent in his accuracy. Threads passes in tight windows over the middle, leads slants and crossing routes so receiver can run after the catch. Short-arms throws regularly to wide-open receivers, often with no pressure in his face, due to an inconsistent release point and aiming of the ball. Accuracy drops off significantly when feet are not set. Inconsistent putting air under deep balls so open receivers reach them.
Arm Strength: Plenty of arm strength to deliver the ball to either sideline on short and intermediate outs, as well as get the ball downfield. Generally throws a tight spiral. Throttles down throws on screens and dump-offs so backs can grab them easily, but does not show great touch on shorter finesse throws. Has too much faith in his arm, makes throws into tight or double coverage that lead to interceptions.
Setup/Release: Looks the part of an NFL quarterback in his size, pocket poise and release. Keeps feet moving in the pocket while surveying the field. Runs pro-style system, works from under center and shotgun. Practiced at ball fakes, can fool defenses. Flashes nice five-step drop and deliver, but comes out from under center slow at times and will take a long last step.
Reading Defenses: Sees the field well, knows where most defenses will be vulnerable and looks there first. Looks off safety before throwing back-side slant. See interior pressure coming and stands in to make the throw. Inconsistent anticipating openings, tends to throw to receivers after they break free. Does not feel backside pressure, becoming a sitting duck for blitzers.
On the Move: Best as a pocket passer. Slides a bit in the pocket to find room to throw, but must improve resetting his feet to be accurate. Used on bootlegs but takes a long turn and needs to make the fake more quickly or he'll be run over by pro defensive ends. Flashes the ability to get a few yards as a runner, but lacks the quickness to avoid NFL defenders in space.
Intangibles: Four-year starter who showed improvement during his career. Tough player, missing only one game due to injury (throwing shoulder, Air Force, 2008) and working through ankle injury in 2010. No major character issues.
My Take: I'm not a huge fan of Lindley, but would be okay with him as a 4th-5th round pick. Interested to see how he does at the Combine. He needs to be more consistent with his accuracy. Probably no better than a back-up in the NFL
Russell Wilson, 5'11 203lbs - Wisconsin
Accuracy: Was the nation's most efficient quarterback in 2011, earning a 191.78 QB rating -- over 22 points higher than the next highest rated QB from a pro-style offense (Andrew Luck) … Showcased the ability to consistently throw receivers open versus single coverage as a senior, demonstrating impressive improvement in this area from his time at NC State … Delivers a tight spiral that is easily tracked and caught. Typically hits his receivers in stride whether on zipped crossing routes, touch passes dropped over the top of defenders or line drives leading receivers out of bounds on the deep out.
Arm Strength: Arguably Wilson's most impressive trait, especially considering his lack of ideal size. Can easily make every NFL throw, showing the ability to drive the football to the sideline on a line from the opposite hash. Can send the ball 40-50 yards downfield with a flick of his wrist.
Setup/Release: Efficient set-up and delivery of the ball. Experienced taking snaps from under center and shotgun. Drops back quickly and shows good rhythm and timing despite limited experience playing with Wisconsin's receivers, planting his back foot and driving the quick slant. Has a quick, over the top release and does an excellent job of finding clear passing lanes from which to throw.
Reading Defenses: Cerebral quarterback who is rarely fooled by coverage. Makes strong pre-snap reads and demonstrated improvement as a senior in manipulating the defense with his eyes and legs. Shows good poise in a muddy pocket, stepping up to avoid the rush and challenging linebackers to either commit to stopping him from scrambling or dropping off to cover receivers behind them. Is more than willing to scramble but does a nice job of keeping his eyes downfield until the last possible second.
On The Move: Very good elusiveness and speed for the position but his most impressive trait may be his vision. Anticipates pressure well and does a nice job of forcing the defense to commit and taking advantage of the weakness exposed once they do. Very good mobility for bootlegs and roll outs, showing good accuracy and arm strength to fire passes downfield.
Intangibles: Voted a team captain at NC State and Wisconsin … Attempted 379 passes between interceptions -- the longest streak in NCAA history -- over a two year span of 13 games in 2009-10. Finished his collegiate career 30-20, including 11-3 as a senior … Wilson was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. The second baseman hit .229 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in the Northwest and South Atlantic leagues. Wilson notified the Rockies in January 2012 that he will pursue playing in the NFL over baseball … Good bloodlines. His father, the late Harrison Wilson III, played football and baseball at Dartmouth and spent time on the San Diego Chargers' practice squad …
My Take: Obviously his height is a major concern. Will he be able to see the throwing lanes over the OL? For his credit, he did a good job of it at Wisconsin,they have a very tall OL. For me, if the Broncos want to go the route of a more athletic, mobile QB, Wilson is their guy. He's a very good passer, if he was 6'2 or taller he would easily be one of the top QB's in this draft, probably challenge Tannehill as the third QB taken. I think he would be a solid developmental QB for the Broncos.
BJ Coleman, Chattanooga - 6'3 234lbs
Strengths: Physically imposing and solidly-built throughout his frame with good body strength. Has a strong arm with the ability to easily make all the throws. Has above average zip and velocity on his passes with strong stick throws. Possesses a smooth, quick release with good mechanics that translate well to the next level. Has good mobility to move around in the pocket with the foot quickness to evade pressure and pick up yards with his legs when needed (7 career rush scores). Has strong character on and off the field with natural leadership traits and is known as the consummate teammate. Very coachable and is a quick learner, working hard to improve and hone his craft. A film junkie with a passion for the game and wants to win.
Weaknesses: Almost too thick and appears a bit mechanical in some of his movements, including his throwing motion. Has inconsistent footwork in his drops and passing stance. Displays inconsistent touch on throws to all levels of the field and needs to show a better grasp of when to throw fastballs and when to put some air underneath throws. Shows improved accuracy, but his ball location is still streaky and needs improvement. Played at the FCS-level with average results (52-to-31, career TD-to-INT ratio and only 57.4% career completions) and lacks ideal experience against top competition. Had a tough senior season with only 9 touchdowns in 7 starts and missed four of the final five games with an injury to his throwing shoulder.
-- Dane Brugler
My Take: Like Wilson, Coleman is a guy i think Denver should look into. Big, strong arm guy who's pretty athletic and mobile. Good leader, and a nice developmental guy who Fox/McCoy/Elway could groom for a few years. Could be had with one of our 5th round picks
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois - 6'2 220lbs
Positives: Athletic quarterback who is a threat to leave the pocket and gain positive yardage at any time. Possesses very good vision as well as balance, elusiveness and deceptive speed and power as a runner. Quick set up and delivery. Appears to have the arm required to make NFL throws. Throws intermediate crossing routes over the middle with good zip and shows good to very good touch on intermediate and deep balls away from the defender. Improved his mechanics throughout his career. A classic field general. Clear leader on the field and has engineered several late-game comebacks. Earned the MAC's Vern Smith Leadership Award in 2011.
Negatives: Shorter than scouts would like. Completed 61.7 percent of his passes as a senior but has only zip-code accuracy overall. Consistently forces receivers to adjust their routes to catch passes, eliminating many opportunities for yards after the catch. Average arm strength. Can make every required throw but doesn't possess the arm strength to zip balls past alert defenders in good position. Was effective in this scheme despite rarely being asked to make NFL-caliber throws. Will have to make the adjustment to taking snaps from under center. Missed six games over the 2008-09 seasons due to a sprained foot, knee. Small hands for the position (8 3/4").
My Take: Too be honest, idk too much about this guy. Sounds athletic, strong arm, but has accuracy issues.
Darron Thomas, Oregon - 6'3 215lbs
There is something to be said for being able to run such a high-tempo spread option offense like the one run at Oregon. Thomas is an excellent game manager who ran an offense built around the quarterback controlling the pace and getting the ball to playmakers without making critical mistakes. Is deceptively big and strong, and at 6'3" 215 pounds actually has good size for the NFL. Can even add weight to his frame. Can make quick decisions with the ball and is an accurate passer in the short to intermediate game. A threat as a runner and is able to get zip on some of his balls.
Thomas has technical issues in his throwing motion that will need to be addressed for him to stand a chance at the next level. Although he releases the ball at a nice high point, he has a lot of wasted motions that delay the timing of routes. Often made easy, dump-off throws within Oregon's offense and wasn't relied upon to put the ball in tight spots. Not the open-field athlete that his pocket movements might suggest. Need to develop a quicker release.
My take: Low risk, high reward type guy. He did a great job at Oregon, he's athletic, and just scratched the surface of his potential. He surprised alot of people when he declared. If he shows up at the Combine and performs well, he could warrant a 5th-7th round selection. He's very athletic, good game manager, fast, and a decent passer. Needs work on the technicals, but would be a nice project.
So now you guys put on your GM/Coaches hat, who would you select and why?