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McShay not seeing starting QB

Posted by Chris Brown on March 23, 2011 – 10:06 am

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay felt very good about the future of quarterback prospects like Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford when they came out the past couple of years. He doesn’t have that same feeling about the class of quarterbacks this year.

“I don’t think there’s a Matt Ryan or a Sam Bradford in this class,” McShay said in a conference call Wednesday. “At the time when those quarterbacks came out I had no doubt in my mind that those guys were ready mentally and physically to contribute in the NFL and handle everything that went on were prepared to do so from a scheme standpoint coming out of college and a physical standpoint in terms of their overall mechanics.”

McShay has Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert as his top QB prospect, but he has his reservations about him in terms of plugging him in as a starter right away.

“As much as I like Blaine Gabbert and I do think he can become maybe not Aaron Rodgers, but somewhere in that ballpark a few years down the road,” he said. “I think we have to take a step back from the last few years and go back to the old mentality of maybe sitting a guy for a year and developing him. Blaine Gabbert comes from a system that doesn’t translate perfectly to the NFL.

“He can certainly take drops and has the footwork, but he has to be more consistent throwing the ball down the field and I think there is going to be a learning curve coming from that system to the NFL. Does he have it? I think absolutely. I think he has it mentally. I think he has the work ethic and most importantly he’s accurate enough to be a very good starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s the only quarterback in this class that I would draft in the top 10.”

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