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ESPN’s McShay on the QB class

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2009 – 4:40 pm

ESPN’s Todd McShay gave his take on a national conference call for media members this week on the 2010 QB draft class. Here’s what he had to say.

“With (Jake) Locker out, it will be interesting now to see how the quarterback position shakes out,” said McShay. “You have Sam Bradford coming off the injury who is very talented and certainly from a skills standpoint and potential standpoint belongs in the top 10 to 15 picks. Then Jimmy Clausen from Notre Dame, who I’m not as high on as some other people seem to be. I think he’s well-coached and has enough physical tools but I don’t think he’s exceptional physically. I think his arm strength is just adequate. I think he’s thrown a lot of balls up for grabs and he’s not going to get away with that in the NFL. And from everyone I talk to in the scouting community, there are questions about his leadership and how good of a teammate he is and do you want him to be the face of your organization.

“I think its going to be very interesting watching the quarterback position with those two as the first-rounders. Then, where does Tim Tebow go and where does Colt McCoy go? Two of the most decorated college football players in the history of the game. With those four quarterbacks at the top, there’s going to be a lot of buzz about the position, but we may only have one that goes in the first half in the first round which makes it even more interesting.” 
There are some other underclassmen that still may declare for the draft like Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett, who is a third-year sophomore. The other guy that I’m interested in watching is Oregon State’s Sean Canfield. He’s playing tonight in the MAACO bowl against BYU. He’s 6’4″ 214 and he’s a southpaw. He doesn’t have great arm strength, but he’s completed 70 percent of his passes and thrown for over 3,100 yards along with 21 TDs and 6 picks.

Beavers head coach Mike Riley has see Derek Anderson and Matt Moore (Carolina starter last week) come through his program, but some experts maintain that Canfield could be even better than those two. How much better is the question.

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