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We’re Down to Four: The List of Potential College Quarterbacks for the Seahawks’ 2010 NFL Draft (Part Four of Series)

As we all know, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for what we are fortunate to have.  With the season wearing on for the Seahawks, we continually see more and more how badly some key pieces are missing on the team.  Thankfully there’s the opportunity to fix them come April.

In this fourth part of my five-part series taking a look at which college quarterback should have a Seahawks logo on his helmet next season, I trim the fat from our initial watch list of seven gunslingers and narrow our sights on some of the nation’s crème de la crème.

One huge asterisk that needs to be taken note of is that, in my process of eliminating a few of the initial members of the watch list, I have cut some of the quarterbacks many believe that will be selected in the first round in the upcoming draft.  The reason for that is I believe Seattle should draft a quarterback in the second round in order to use its two first rounders on a couple of other glaring weaknesses, an offensive lineman and a running back.

Case Keenum (Jr. at Houston)

Although still not listed on Scout Inc.’s Top 32, Keenum has continued to show off the tools he can bring to a lucky N.F.L. team next year.

Keenum is fifth in the country in completion percentage, successfully hitting his targets 70 percent of the time.  Even more impressive than that is what he leads the country in, completions, attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

Houston’s mantra is throw the dang thing, and that could mean two things to pro scouts and their respective teams: this kid’s arm will tire out at the next level quicker than other young quarterbacks or this kid sure has a lot of strength in order to repeatedly throw the ball accurately 40, 50 and even 70-plus times a game on a regular basis.  I’ll side with the latter, as Keenum has yet to show any signs of breaking down. 

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2007 13 187-273-10 68.5 14 2259 173.7
2008 13 397-589-11 67.4 44 5020 386.1
2009 11 387-553-  6 70.0 36 4599 418.0
PROJECTED 2009 422-603-  7 70.0 39 5017

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Colt McCoy (Sr. at Texas)

Like Houston’s Keenum, McCoy does not show up on Scout Inc.’s Top 32.  Unlike Keenum though, is McCoy’s chance of bringing home this year’s Heisman Trophy.  It’s surprising that McCoy isn’t among the Top 32 according to Scout Inc., but what isn’t surprising is the fact that he will excel at the next level.

After a relative slow and bumpy start to his collegiate career (remember, his freshman year came on the heels of the Vince Young era), McCoy has grown into the country’s most accurate passer this year and is among the top 10 in the country in passing yards and passing touchdowns.

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2006 13 217-318-  7 68.2 29 2570 197.6
2007 13 276-424-18 65.1 22 3303 254.0
2008 13 332-433-  8 76.7 34 3859 296.8
2009 11 286-392-  9 73.0 23 3024 274.9
PROJECTED 2009 338-463-11 73.0 27 3574

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Sam Bradford (Jr. at Oklahoma)

Bradford is a difficult read. 

He certainly has all the tools to perform at the next level.  One look at his body of work while at Oklahoma, especially last year, proves that he wouldn’t have won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore over the likes of Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow otherwise.

The question is Bradford’s durability. 

A season-ending injury to his throwing shoulder is what makes things interesting.  Will teams take what some might call a “risk” and spend a first round selection on the quarterback, or will Bradford fall a little on draft boards because people at the next level are afraid he’s a little frailer than his peers? 

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2007 14 237-341-8 69.5 36 3121 222.9
2008 14 328-483-8 67.9 50 4720 337.1
2009   3   39-  69-0 56.5   2   562 187.3
PROJECTED 2009   3   39-  69-0 56.5   2   562 187.3

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Jevan Snead (Jr. at Mississippi)

Snead, like his whole Mississippi team, has had an up and down, rather uninspiring season.  But, before you close the book on him as the possible future for the Seahawks, let’s look at what he brings to the table and see if those things could benefit Seattle.

I distinctly remember watching him play in the team’s third game this year (at South Carolina) and I couldn’t help but say to my self that he reminded me a lot of Brett Favre. 

Snead has a cannon for an arm and is not afraid to use it to its full extent if he sees something in the defensive secondary that would warrant a long strike.

While not being all that mobile, Snead can move out of the pocket and make a play.  I broke down his ability to make a play on the run and how it reminded me of Favre in the second part of this five-part series.

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.

A Brett Favre-style quarterback would be an amazing and invaluable asset to have, especially if he was to get mentored for a year by a quarterback (Hasselbeck) that was previously groomed himself by Favre. 

PASSING g cmp-att-int Pct td yards avg/g
2006   5   26-  49-  2 53.1   2   371   74.2
2008 13 184-327-13 56.3 26 2762 212.4
2009 11 161-299-14 53.8 17 2189 199.0
PROJECTED 2009 176-326-15 53.8 19 2388

*Courtesy of ESPN.com

Rankings

So these are the final four, but which of them will hopefully be wearing a Seahawks logo on his helmet next year?

1. Case Keenum

1. Jevan Snead

3. Sam Bradford

4. Colt McCoy

A tie?

Yes and here’s why.

Keenum has an amazing amount of arm strength and he’s extremely accurate and is a player that I can’t help but find myself stopping what I’m doing each weekend to find out more about, but Snead just reminds me so much of Brett Favre during his Packer heyday that I can’t help but also put him at the top.

If I had a gun pointed at my head, who breaks the tie?

At this point, I’ll give the nod to Keenum, but it’ll be interesting to see how Snead finishes off his season because Snead’s performance, specifically his ability to complete passes, has been on the upswing over the past three weeks.  What’s even more important about this is that the last two of those three games were wins against Tennessee and LSU.

As for the other two, Bradford and McCoy are both very good quarterbacks, but I’ll take the Sooner over the Longhorn simply because I have this gut feeling that Bradford’s season-ending injury won’t hinder him at the next level and that he will complete better overall in the pros based off his success right from the start of his collegiate career at Oklahoma compared to the relative up-and-down career McCoy’s had at Texas.

Check out my final round of analysis of college quarterbacks to keep an eye on after this college football season’s series of bowl games.


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