2012 NFL Combine analysis: QB

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Baylor’s Robert Griffin was the fastest quarterback in the 2012 scouting combine.

Sunday, February 26th at the 2012 NFL Combine featured quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers in a number of positional and timed testing for the purpose of NFL Draft evaluation. The following are some of my notes strictly on the quarterback workouts.

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  • Baylor QB Robert Griffin (6’2″ 223 lbs.) will leave Indianapolis as the fastest player of his position in the 2012 NFL Combine, as the Heisman Trophy winner posted an official 4.41 time — rivaled only by Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson’s 4.55. Griffin did not participate in passing drills, opting to wait until his March 21st pro day, but tested well physically with a 10″ broad jump and a QB workout high 39″ vertical jump. It’s still too early to tell who will select him, but even at this point, it seems a very safe bet that someone will be making the move up to No. 2 overall to choose him. Despite not throwing, he increased the value of St. Louis’ pick.

 

  • The other quarterbacks who did not throw at the Combine were Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill (6’4″ 221 lbs.), Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler (6’6″ 242 lbs.), and Stanford’s Andrew Luck (6’4″ 236 lbs.). Luck, however, ran the 40, and at a solid 4.67 officially. He had a solid overall physical workout and his perception and draft stock — unsurprisingly — remain unchanged. I was personally surprised with Brock Osweiler’s decision not to throw, as he’s a polarizing figure to many evaluators and could have really put himself in the forefront of discussions as the 4th rated quarterback in the draft.

 

  • Oklahoma State QBBrandon Weeden (6’4″ 221 lbs.) didn’t impress, but didn’t hurt himself. Considering four other quarterbacks opted not to throw at the Combine, it was good from a competitiveness standpoint that he didn’t shy away from throwing to unfamiliar receivers. He didn’t prove that he can really drive the football, but made some nice touch passes, surely had a good time, and can now look ahead to his pro day with a likely 2nd round projection still in-tact.

 

  • A player quietly making a move up boards with simple consistency is Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins (6’3″ 214 lbs.). He displayed good timing and anticipation on throws to unfamiliar receivers on Sunday and looked pretty comfortable in doing so. Again, he doesn’t have a rocket arm, but has good zip and made a handful of NFL throws. I still project a 3rd round selection for Cousins, perhaps late 2nd going into the pro day schedule.

 

  • Another passer who caught my eye Sunday was Southern Mississippi QB Austin Davis (6’2″ 219 lbs.). Displayed some nice zip on his passes along with a little bit of touch when needed. Ball placement was pretty solid, but he looked comfortable in most of his drops. He did a good job today, all things considered. The former walk-on remains a late round, free agent type, but could be worth a flier.

 

  • Arizona QB Nick Foles (6’5″ 243 lbs.) wasn’t overly impressive in throwing drills and ran the slowest 40-yard dash of the quarterback group. Drops occasionally lacked fluidity, but he didn’t do them very often in college. He remains a quarterback prospect with quality optics, but still raw and not ready to step in immediately. 3rd round projection going into pro days.

 

  • Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson (5’10” 204 lbs.) didn’t get to display his abilities to throw on the move, which I find to be his strength, but stationary throws of short-range nature were completed pretty well with decent zip and ball placement. His velocity on short out-routes were passable for the NFL level and overall he did well despite being the smallest at his position at the Combine by a solid 2″. Also managed to run the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds, good for second best, behind RG3’s 4.41.

 

  • Finally, LSU QB Jordan Jefferson (6’4″ 224 lbs.) is a passer who I thought had a good overall workout. Tape isn’t great, but he performed physically well at the Combine and displayed strong velocity on passes. He appears to have the necessary tools in order to make a lot of NFL throws with time and coaching. Again, physically, he’s all there.
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