NFL Draft Report: Quarterback grades
QB Andrew Luck (Matt Kartozian/USP)
QB Andrew Luck (Matt Kartozian/USP)
The NFL Draft Report
Posted Apr 9, 2012


Longtime NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas ranks the top 21 quarterbacks in this year's draft. Thomas predicts as many as four quarterbacks will be taken in the first round, though his grades indicate one clearly doesn't belong.

Here are the top 21 quarterbacks in the draft, as rated by NFL Draft Report’s Dave-Te Thomas. “Round” is Thomas’ prediction. “Grade” is based on pro potential. For an explainer on the grades, see the bottom of the article.

Andrew Luck (Jr.), Stanford

Height: 6:040. Weight: 234. 40 time: 4.59

Round: 1. Grade: 9.0.


Robert Griffin (Jr.), Baylor

Height: 6:022. Weight: 223. 40 time: 4.33

Round: 1. Grade: 8.9.


Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

Height: 6:037. Weight: 223. 40 time: 4.59

Round: 1. Grade: 7.8.


Nick Foles, Arizona

Height: 6:050. Weight: 243. 40 time: 5.03

Round: 4-5. Grade: 5.9.


Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

Height: 6:025. Weight: 214. 40 time: 4.80

Round: 3-4. Grade: 5.8.


Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

Height: 6:034. Weight: 221. 40 time: 4.89

Round: 1-2. Grade: 5.7.


B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Height: 6:030. Weight: 233. 40 time: 4.82

Round: 5-6. Grade: 5.5.


Austin Davis, Southern Miss

Height: 6:015. Weight: 219. 40 time: 4.69

Round: 6-7. Grade: 5.5.


Brock Osweiler (Jr.), Arizona State

Height: 6:070. Weight: 242. 40 time: 4.94

Round: 4-5. Grade: 5.4.


Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

Height: 5:105. Weight: 204. 40 time: 4.53

Round: 4-5. Grade: 5.2.


Ryan Lindley, San Diego State

Height: 6:036. Weight: 229. 40 time: 4.86

Round: 4-5. Grade: 5.1.


Aaron Corp, Richmond

Height: 6:034. Weight: 215. 40 time: 4.61

Round: 7. Grade: 5.0.


Kellen Moore, Boise State

Height: 6:000. Weight: 197. 40 time: 4.82

Round: 7-FA. Grade: 4.9.


Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

Height: 6:015. Weight: 219. 40 time: 4.68

Round: 7-FA. Grade: 4.9.


Patrick Witt, Yale

Height: 6:034. Weight: 225 . 40 time: 4.87

Round: PFA. Grade: 4.8.


Jordan Jefferson, Louisiana State

Height: 6:041. Weight: 223. 40 time: 4.58

Round: PFA. Grade: 4.7.


G.J. Kinne, Tulsa

Height: 6:011. Weight: 234. 40 time: 4.68

Round: PFA. Grade: 4.7.


Case Keenum, Houston

Height: 6:005. Weight: 208. 40 time: 4.72

Round: FA. Grade: 4.7.


Darron Thomas (Jr.), Oregon

Height: 6:025. Weight: 220. 40 time: 4.77

Round: FA. Grade: 4.6.


Dominique Davis, East Carolina

Height: 6:027. Weight: 218. 40 time: 4.69

Round: FA. Grade: 4.5.


Jacory Harris, Miami

Height: 6:030. Weight: 203. 40 time: 4.65

Round: FA. Grade: 4.5.



Thomas' grades are based on pro potential and are not round projections.

8.5-9.0


Franchise Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in all areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.8-8.4


Top Ten Player: Immediate starter. ... Should have a major impact to the success of the franchise, barring injury. ... Possesses superior critical factors in most areas. ... Plays with consistency and without abnormal extra effort. ... Rare talent.

7.3-7.7


Star Quality: Eventual starter. ... Should make a significant contribution in his first year. ... Possesses above average critical factors. ... Has the talent and skills to start. ... Will contribute to upgrading the team. ... Can play without abnormal effort, but has some inconsistency in his play that will improve with refinement and development. ... Has no real weakness.

6.9-7.2


Impact Player: Possesses at least average to above average critical factors in all areas. ... Will contribute immediately, whether as a starter or a valuable reserve. ... Will move into the starting lineup with seasoning. ... Above average player who needs to refine certain areas.

6.4-6.8


Eventual Starter: Could move into the starting lineup within three years. ... Has average critical factors in all areas. ... Needs further development, but has the ability to contribute.

6.0-6.3


Potential Starter: Could force himself into the starting lineup with improved performances. ... Will make a team. ... Has average critical factors in most areas, but at least one with less than average quality that he will have a hard time overcoming. ... Probable draft choice.

5.5-5.8


Roster Player: Has the ability to serve as a key reserve and possible future starter. ... Has average critical factors, but more several areas that are less than average. ... Plays with normal extra effort.

5.0-5.4


Project: Has the skills to play pro ball with proper tutoring. ... May make a team based on need. ... Possesses no real strong critical factors and is probably below average in several areas that the player will have a hard time overcoming.. Possible draft choice, but only if that team is caught short on talent available at that position.

4.6-4.9


Developmental : Could make a team with an impressive showing in training camp. ... Not strong in most critical factors. ... Deficient in more than one area that he will not be able to overcome. ... At least average in the factor of competitiveness. ... May not make a team due to his limitations.

4.1-4.5


Camp Player: Has redeeming qualities that could allow him to play in the pros with improved performances. ... Deficient in more than one critical factor. ... Might make a team, but will always be the player that squad will look to replace.

3.5-4.0


Reject: Might make a team, but has glaring deficiencies in several critical factors. ... Below average competitor whose athletic skills will allow him to enter training camp, but has a difficult time in trying to make a team.

2.0-2.5


Unrated: Serious injury (2.0) or off-field problem (2.5).


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