By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
When the dust settled and the gauntlet of drills, meetings, and workouts was complete those college signal callers looking to take advantage of the premium put on their position in a weak class can begin to be evaluated. The full Combine awards list for all positions will follow shortly but here is a peek at some from the QB position.
1. Tyler Bray TENNESSEE
Bray has a bit of a side-armed delivery and will likely be coached up at the next level, but however he throws it distance and velocity are not an issue. A classic pocket passing prospect at 6’6 and not overly mobile, the former Vol throws a rope to the far sideline and makes it look easy. If he can improve his mechanics and consistency there isn’t a throw he can’t make. He looked much more solid in terms of muscle and bulk at the combine as well. Maturity is the big question with Bray along with the lack of consistency shown in his low completion percentage.
2. Mike Glennon NC STATE
He shares similar qualities to Bray: both are 6’6 plus with funky deliveries, will struggle to out run a nose tackle, and can sling it with the best of them. Glennon is rising up draft boards but it’s more due to a lack of QB talent than him being highly coveted. I would much rather take Bray in the third than Glennon in the first; in fact I don’t think there is a whole lot of room between the two. The (slight) edge in arm strength goes to Bray.
1. Matt Barkley USC
Many touted Barkley as a can’t miss prospect who would almost certainly go #1 overall. Reluctantly I’ll admit I was among them, but even back then I was much more impressed with the intangibles he brought to the table than his actual physical potential. It’s hard to quantify certain aspects that, while they’re tough to define or measure, impact how successful an athlete becomes. Barkley is a very down to earth, spiritual and humble kid with a strong family background. His leadership has been thrown into question as the Trojans season crumbled, but he carries himself well from what I can see. Top notch experience in a pro system is a huge reason his floor is so high. Most coaches seem to come away very impressed from their meetings with him a well.
2. Landry Jones OKLAHOMA
Jones and the OU team in general never lived up to the potential most thought they had. The 6’4 prospect is anything but flashy but has loads of arm strength and near perfect mechanics and throws a beautiful ball. He actually has the upside to be a quality starter, but there is little chance he won’t at least be a solid, reliable backup for ten years or so. If your starter goes down plug in Jones for solid if not spectacular play capable of winning games.