John Congemi, a record-setting QB during his days at Pitt, has been checking out the talent at the Senior Bowl in Mobile all week long. With many Dolphin fans excited about some of the six QBs participating, John is here to break down the strengths and weaknesses of the guys who are being spotlighted this week:
QB Analysis, by John Congemi:
After three days of Senior Bowl practices, it’s time for me to go in-depth on my favorite position, the quarterback position. Here are some of my observations about the six QB’s competing at this week’s Senior Bowl. I think it’s important to note, something I was talking with John Elway about while watching practice the other day, that some casual fans may overlook: the fact that it’s a big adjustment to the NFL football for all of the quarterbacks in Mobile who are accustomed to throwing a ball that isn’t quite as wide at the college level.
Andy Dalton: I thought Dalton actually was the best of the bunch in the few days that I got to observe the practices. He was very comfortable throwing the ball, saw the field very well, his timing was terrific, and he just knew where to go with the football. Additionally, his balls were catchable and located well.
Colin Kaepernick: I thought Colin had the best arm of the bunch on the North team. Kaepernick was able to be accurate, on time, and had velocity on the ball. His biggest challenge is, as he said, making the NFL scouts and coaches confident that he can run an NFL offense under center, and that will be his biggest hurdle as he makes the adjustment from a Nevada offense that ran almost exclusively out of the shotgun formation in their “Pistol” offense.
Jake Locker: His biggest asset I thought was his movement and his quick feet. He’s known as a mobile QB, a guy that can make plays out of the pocket, and he didn’t disappoint in that area. Jake looked the smoothest of the quarterbacks in getting out from center and positioning himself to make throws in and out of the pocket. He lacked a little accuracy but that could’ve been rust or just the fact of having to adjust to receivers he had never thrown to.
Greg McElroy: You can tell why he’s won so many games in high school and then in college at Alabama. McElroy displayed a good feel, nice timing and made solid decisions.
Christian Ponder: I knew he was athletic from having watched him in college at FSU but he really displayed it on the field, and even surprised me a little bit with how athletic he is. Ponder threw the deep ball well, and had good accuracy to go along with his excellent movement outside the pocket. Christian told me that he wants to focus on making plays from the pocket; that’s what he wants to show scouts in the pre-draft process.
Ricky Stanzi: Stanzi really has a great demeanor; he has the “IT” factor that scouts look for in NFL Quarterbacks: good intangibles, good moxy, I can see a team rallying around him. I got a real good vibe when I had a chance to talk with him after practice. He’s a good leader and demonstrates it on field and off. He told me that he likes the NFL ball because he can spin it better. I also saw some Brady-like traits in his attention to detail with his throwing mechanics.
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