Combine Won’t Answer Quarterback Questions
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says this is the most uncertain quarterback year he has seen.
Adding to the uncertainty is the decision by top-rated quarterbacks not to throw during the NFL scouting combine's drills Sunday in Indianapolis. Nineteen plan to participate.
Medical and mechanical question marks shroud the top of this crop.
Mayock projects Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen as the lone first-round talents in the April 22-24 draft. But neither will throw at the combine. Bradford will wait for a March 25 personal pro day after having Oct. 28 shoulder surgery. Clausen is on the mend from January toe tendon surgery.
Former Florida star Tim Tebow hopes to showcase a new, quicker release at his March 17 pro day. "He's made tremendous strides," NFL quarterback tutor Zeke Bratkowski said.
Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour, who owns the NCAA record for touchdowns (150), will throw during stationary target drills.
"Zeke has fine-tuned my drops and really helped me throw a whole lot better," LeFevour said of Bratkowski.
Texas' Colt McCoy, who injured a shoulder during the Bowl Championship Series title game, will throw.
"The key word out of the whole combine is 'compete,' " Mayock said. "Every kid in the draft ought to want to compete at the combine, because you're doing it in front of 32 teams."