Best Quarterbacks


Feb. 15, 2002


The NFL is desperate for an influx of talented young quarterbacks. However, other than the top two prospects, this yearsí class is very average and not very deep. Hereís a look at some of the prospects and where we rank them as draft day approaches. 
    Joey Harrington | Oregon | 6-4 225 | 4.87 40 Time
    Letís get this out of the way right now. Harrington should be the No. 1 pick in the 2002 Draft, hands down. You just donít see any of the flaws critics try and point out. His completion percentage is nearly 60%. He threw 27 touchdowns (TDs) compared to 6 Interceptions (INT). Imagine Ryan Leaf, when he came out but add great leadership skills and maturity. The only problem that can be noted and has been seen is that he gets a little too fired up at times, but he doesnít really seem to distance his teammates or get cocky. 
    Ranking: No. 1, 1st Round. 

    David Carr | Fresno State | 6-3 220 | 4.80 40 Time
    David Carr is thought by many to be the top quarterback available. His statistics are amazing and weíll admit itís tough to not like what he has to offer. With all that said, there are a couple things that make us grade him below Harrington. His footwork needs a lot of work as he drags his feet and almost seems to be in slow motion when dropping back. The other knock would be his release as itís too low and is sidearm, but it is quick. We donít think itís as big a problem as many, but it could use some work. 
    Ranking: No. 2, 1st Round. 

    Rohan Davey | Louisiana State | 6-4 245 | 5.00 40 Time
    Davey is one of our favorites. In our opinion he has the skills to become one of the best QBs to come out of this class. Heís still pretty raw and relies way too much on his rocket arm. When Davey learns to make better reads and if he can improve his footwork and feel for the pocket, his potential is unlimited. 
    Ranking: No.35, 2nd Round. 

    Randy Fasini | Stanford | 6-4 225 | 4.70 40 Time
    A couple years back, we had Brady ranked as our No. 4 QB and fans thought we were crazy. We see Fasini in the same mold. Heís got the size and skills to be a great player but somehow always seems to come up short or get hurt. He may one of those players that is a late bloomer, who makes it big. 
    Ranking: No. 99, 4th Round. 

    Josh McCown | Sam Houston State | 6-3 225 | 4.77 40 Time
    Watch out for this player, his stock is on the rise. McCown transferred from SMU and was able to showcase his skills. He has very good size, and possibly the strongest arm in the draft and is very accurate with a nice delivery. The only question mark we see keeping him from being a top prospect is the competition he faced this year. 
    Ranking: No. 108, 4th Round. 

    David Garrard | East Carolina | 6-1 235 | 4.96 40 Time
    This is a clear case of what great statistics will do for a players draft position. Looking at film of Garrard brings back memories of Steve McNair at Alcorn State. They look so much alike itís baffling, and to think McNair was a 1st round pick. So is David Garrard the second coming of ďAir McNairĒ? Probably not -- McNair still has to prove heís the first coming of Air McNair -- but Garrard does have potential to develop into starting QB down the road. 
    Ranking: No. 132, 5th Round. 

    Kurt Kittner | Illinois | 6-1 215 | 4.85 40 Time
    How can we rank Kurt Kittner this low? This kid was a great college QB. We just feel heíll be overmatched once he gets to the NFL. His arm strength leaves a lot to be desired and his accuracy can be very hot or very cold. He doesnít throw the deep ball that well. With all that said, donít bet on him to fail. Heís probably the most polished QB -- as far as making reads and mechanics -- out if this yearsí class. 
    Ranking: No. 135, 5th Round. 

    Dusty Bonner | Valdosta State | 6-2 230 | 5.06 40 Time
    Bonner is one of the more intriguing prospects available. He took over at Kentucky after Tim Couch left school and looked to be on his way to stardom. Then he got off to a rocky start the following season, got benched and couldnít get out of the doghouse. Then he transferred to D-2 and his career took off again. Yes he played in a QB friendly offense but his statistics are a little too good to ignore. He may not have a great arm, or prototypical size but heís got chip on his shoulder and is ready proves he belongs in the NFL. Thatís a bit different than some who feel they donít have to prove anything to belong. 
    Ranking: No. 147, 5th Round. 

    Patrick Ramsey | Tulane | 6-2 220 | 5.15 40 Time
    Ramsey is another quality prospect used to airing it out. He is accurate and throws a nice deep ball. The biggest obstacle in his transition to the NFL is his lack of arm strength. Heís a very experienced player, who knows the position well and if he proves he can make all the throws, he could find himself starting someday in the next level. Heís a project. 
    Ranking: No. 164, 6th Round. 

    Wayne Madkin | Mississippi State | 6-3 225 | 4.75 40 Time
    Madkin was not a great college QB. He was barely a good college QB when he played. However, we saw him flash some potential that qualifies him to be our sleeper QB of the draft. Heís very much in the Aaron Brooks mold without the pocket presence. If he gets some time, coaching and the opportunity, he could turn out to be a solid NFL Quarterback. Ranking: No. 225, 7th Round.