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Which Star College Quarterback Should Land with Seattle? (Part Two of Series)

Matt Hasselbeck’s fractured rib means more than missed playing time and the two losses that have taken place since he was forced out of Seattle’s Week Two loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

The injury to the team’s aging and oft-injured gun slinger means that it really is time Seattle starts looking for the right collegiate player to dawn the new rave green uniform and lead the team back to NFC West dominance.

During the Labor Day weekend, I wrote the first installment of a multiple-part series looking at the NCAA’s top four quarterbacks.  I then offered which of the four I liked the best to take over the reigns in Seattle.

With four college games in the books, let’s see how each of the four is doing.

Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)

One of the worst things that could happen to a surefire top-10 NFL Draft pick is suffering a serious injury that forces you to miss multiple games.

In the Sooners’ first game of the season, a loss to then 20TH-ranked BYU, Sam Bradford sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder, forcing the Heisman Trophy winner to leave the game and miss the next three.

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2009 1 10-14-0 71.4 1 96 96
PROJECTED 2009 40-56-0 71.4 4 384

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Tim Tebow (Florida)

Continuing on the injured quarterback theme, Tim Tebow was forced out of the Gators’ fourth game of the season, an easy conference road victory at Kentucky, with a concussion.  The severity of the concussion shouldn’t keep Tebow on the sidelines like Bradford’s injury.

Possibly due in part to Florida’s early season dominance this year, Tebow hasn’t had to throw the football a lot.  In the four games he’s played this year, he’s only thrown more than 19 times once.

When he has thrown the ball though, he hasn’t been all that exciting and it doesn’t look like it will improve much.

ESPN.com’s projections for Tebow’s season has the senior throwing the lowest totals almost across the board out of his entire college career…but is that necessarily a bad thing?

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2009 4 44-68-1 64.7 6 643 160.75
PROJECTED 2009 132-204-3 64.7 18 1929

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Colt McCoy (Texas)

Colt McCoy, like what is said about Tebow, knows how to win games.

In what could have been an early season stunning upset for rival Texas Tech, McCoy led his then second-ranked Longhorns past the Red Raiders, 34 – 24.

Despite throwing two interceptions and putting up his lowest yardage totals so far this season, McCoy was still able to complete 70.6 percent of his passes.

Did you know that his 70.6 percent completion percentage against Texas Tech is just his third best percentage of the year?

In his first game of the season, against Louisiana-Monroe, McCoy completed 72.4 percent of his passes, but what really stands out is the 80.0 percent completion percentage he had September 26 against UTEP.

The level of composure he showed in the Texas Tech game and his overall ability to complete passes makes McCoy a coveted pro prospect.

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2009 4 103-145-5 71.0 9 1145 286.25
PROJECTED 2009 309-435-15 71.0 27 3435

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Jevan Snead (Mississippi)

Snead’s start to the 2009 season hasn’t been something to write home about, but that’s not all his fault.

The offense as a whole has been slow and in his last game, a September 24 road loss at South Carolina, I recall hearing the ESPN broadcast team say that Snead’s offensive line was not able to protect the quarterback.

The stats back up that claim.  Snead’s already been sacked six times this season.

If you can’t protect the quarterback and give him time to analyze how defenses are playing him and his teammates, how can he do his job?

Despite his poor numbers, I saw some things that I really like about Snead.

His arm strength is great.  He throws a live ball to his receivers and can throw the ball deep when needed.

He can throw on the run.  I remember one play in the South Carolina game when Snead was chased out of the pocket and, instead of throwing the ball away, Snead kept his eyes focused on the play that was unfolding.  He finds a receiver in front of him along the right sideline and, while still scrambling, throws an accurate pass.  Unfortunately the receiver slipped and fell on the play and the pass was nearly picked off by a Gamecock defender, but, nonetheless, Snead showed that he is a cerebral quarterback, has the tools necessary to be a big-time player and that he has confidence in himself to make the play.

Does he sound like anybody in the NFL?

How about a gun slinger who, at one point, was the league’s poster boy in a green and yellow uniform, but is now the headache of the league with his on-and-off retirement schedule?

If Seattle could get a Brett Favre-type quarterback and have Hasselbeck mentor him for a year…oh man, that could be something truly special.

While I try to stop drooling, here are Snead’s numbers for the year.

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2009 3 35-71-2 49.3 6 491 163.66
PROJECTED 2009 140-284-8 49.3 24 1964

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Stock Up, Stock Down:

Here’s how I rank the four in terms of who I want wearing a Seahawks logo on his helmet next year.  In parenthesis is each players’ original ranking that I gave over the Labor Day weekend.

1. Jevan Snead (1T)

2. Colt McCoy (3)

3. Sam Bradford (1T)

4. Tim Tebow (4)

As it was blatantly obvious in the section about Snead, I love the guy.

I think he really could be the next Brett Favre, the one of the Green Bay Packers’ glory years.  This could especially be true if Matt Hasselbeck, a quarterback that Favre himself mentored, shows Snead the professional ropes during the final year of Hasselbeck’s current contract with Seattle.

Plus, I think Snead will be available for one, if not both, of Seattle’s first round picks this year.

McCoy is second on my list because of his ability to complete passes while playing for a big-time program.

Tell me that completing over 70 percent of your balls for the year so far, completing over 76 percent of them last year and having a game in which you completed 80 percent of your 35 passes is not impressive.

C’mon, tell me…I dare you.

Plus, like Snead, I think McCoy could be available when Seattle picks in the first round in April.

I really like Bradford, but I don’t think he’ll be available when Seattle picks, so I drop him to third.

The only reason Bradford isn’t fourth is because I absolutely hate Tim Tebow as a pro quarterback.

Yes, he wins and makes plays, but I don’t see him fitting in with Seattle’s offense.

Now, before you start yelling at me, let me say that I know Jim Mora Jr. is the team’s head coach and that Mora Jr. had an electric quarterback by the name of Mike Vick while being the head coach in Atlanta.

The thing is though, Vick was Atlanta’s offense, so it worked out for the Falcons…somewhat.

Seattle doesn’t need that type of quarterback.  It needs a quarterback like Snead or McCoy in that the quarterback can be a star and a huge success, but he also needs to compliment the rest of the offense.

Mike Vick didn’t do that in Atlanta and he never will no matter who he plays for in the NFL.

Check out my next round of analysis on the four quarterbacks after Week Eight of the college football season.


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