2009 NFL Draft Combine / Post-Combine – Quarterbacks Rankings


1. Matthew Stafford, Georgia 6-2, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 1
Post-Combine Skinny: He didn’t solidify himself as the No. 1 quarterback, but he didn’t falter in the slightest. Not quite as big as expected, but ran extremely well with a  4.81.
Positives: Tremendous arm strength … Tough … Right mentality to be a franchise quarterback.
Negatives: Not huge. Barely 6-3 … While good at Georgia, he didn’t win enough big games and so far has been more of a tools prospect than an on-field producer.

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2. Josh Freeman, Kansas State 6-6, 248
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 3
Post-Combine Skinny: A huge winner from the workouts. Extremely athletic for a player of his size. Impressed more and more with every passing moment.
Positives: Prototype size and strength. Can move, too. … Had to try to carry bad KSU teams … experienced and young. … Huge arm.
Negatives: Still a bit unknown. Had to press too much to make things happen. … Needs to play up to his size and work on his throwing motion.

3. Mark Sanchez, USC 6-3, 227
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 2
Post-Combine Skinny: Passed every test. Showed real, honest fire and passion for the game off the field, measured up to Matthew Stafford on it. Cranked out a solid 9-8 broad jump and scored high marks for throwing when he wasn’t expected to.
Positives: Quick release. Good at getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry … Great fire. He’s not Matt Leinart … Can move.
Negatives: Was fine at USC, but not elite … Barely 6-3 … NFL arm, but not jaw-dropping … If Pete Carroll didn’t think he was ready, what’s the issue?

4. Nate Davis, Ball State 6-1, 226
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 4
Post-Combine Skinny: Looked smooth and showed off his arm, but everyone was looking for more athleticism and speed that wasn’t there.

Positives: Great arm and excellent production … Can move in pocket and out … Bad weather thrower.
Negatives: Not huge … A system player? He was put in great situations … Not a fiery leader.

5. Pat White, West Virginia 6-0, 197
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 11
Post-Combine Skinny: Told everyone he’d be willing to work at receiver, but he threw extremely well and tore off a solid 4.55.
Positives: Elite, offense-defining running skills … Smart, with good enough arm to get by … Clutch … A winner.
Negatives: Small and likely not durable as an every down quarterback … Average arm.

6. Cullen Harper, Clemson 6-3, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 5
Post-Combine Skinny: Lifted 225 19 times. He ran well enough and he was more than fine throwing it.

Positives: Good arm and mobility … Got through a tough situation last year … Tough and competitive.
Negatives: He didn’t produce as expected with the spotlight on … Has work to do on delivery … Tries to do too much at times.

7. Rhett Bomar, Sam Houston State 6-3, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 6
Post-Combine Skinny: A bit erratic with his throws, but he ran well, moved well, and lifted an benched 25 reps.

Positives: Great arm and excellent physical skills … Fiery competitor. … Made the players around him better at SHSU.
Negatives: Didn’t face top-shelf competition … Reconstructed knee … Not huge.

8. Curtis Painter, Purdue 6-3, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 7
Post-Combine Skinny:
Moved well for his size. Pressed a bit, but he didn’t make any major mistakes. Didn’t stand out, either.
Positives: Mobile and productive when he gets rolling … Good character. Good guy.
Negatives: Struggled to make his receivers better last year … Didn’t lead the offense to consistent production.

9. John Parker Wilson, Alabama 6-2, 219
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 8
Post-Combine Skinny: Ran well, looked strong. Solidified himself as a possible third rounder.

Positives: Game manager … Solid passer with nice mechanics … Veteran who saw it all.
Negatives: Not big. Not a prototype … Mediocre arm … Not mobile enough for his size.

10. Hunter Cantwell, Louisville 6-4, 235
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 10
Post-Combine Skinny: Big and lumbering. His delivery change from the Senior Bowl was a plus. Measured big.
Positives: Great size and excellent arm …. Looks the part and could be good with the right coaching.
Negatives: A statue … Needs a lot of seasoning and reps. Only started one year and was average.

11. Nathan Brown, Central Arkansas 6-1, 219
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 9
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn’t run a fast 40 (4.91), but was athletic to make up for his lack of size.
Positives: Ultra-productive bomber … Very accurate. Good winner … Solid arm.
Negatives: Central Arkansas … Not mobile enough for his size … Small. Too small.

12. Drew Willy, Buffalo 6-3, 215
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 15
Post-Combine Skinny: If you liked him before, you love him now. Wasn’t too fast, but was athletic. Moved well.
Positives: Veteran four-year starter … Nice game manager and good leader … Accurate.
Negatives: Not a great athlete … Good arm, not great.

13. Graham Harrell, Texas Tech 6-2, 223
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 12
Post-Combine Skinny: He was exactly as expected. Didn’t run well, but threw fine when he wasn’t under pressure.

Positives: Ultra-productive … Tough as nails, especially for his size. Doesn’t get rattled … Great tough and timing.
Negatives: Doesn’t have an NFL arm … System quarterback who needs work under center … Not tall.

14. Chase Daniel, Missouri 6-0, 218
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 13
Post-Combine Skinny:
Measured up to the magical 6-0 mark, but he wasn’t fast in the 40. Shortest arms of the QBs by far.
Positives: Ultimate leader. Very fiery competitor … Great accuracy and production when he gets on a roll … Mobile.
Negatives: Too short … Will be compared to Drew Brees because of size and production, but he isn’t Drew Brees … Gets in trouble when he tries to do too much.

15. Willie Tuitama, Arizona 6-4, 230
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 14
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn’t Invited To The Combine

Positives: Good size and bulk. Looks the part … NFL arm with decent mobility in the pocket … Accurate.
Negatives: Durabilty a major problem … Was fine at Arizona, but not special. Didn’t blow up as expected.

16. Stephen McGee, Texas A&M 6-3, 235
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 19
Post-Combine Skinny: Created a stir with his speed. His 4.66 40 was second only to Pat White. Ran well, and was fine throwing.
Positives: Great runner … Quick learner. Can pick up any system right away.
Negatives: Lost his job as a senior partly due to a shoulder injury … Not an elite arm.

17. Tom Brandstater, Fresno State 6-5, 220
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 17
Post-Combine Skinny:
Measured as big as advertised. Was surprisingly agile and threw well.
Positives: Excellent size and good arm … Could be a sleeper with the right coaching.
Negatives: Didn’t improve enough with experience … Average production.

18. Mike Teel, Rutgers 6-3, 230
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 18
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn’t Invited To The Combine

Positives: Good size … Overcame rough start to dominate late his senior year … Good arm.
Negatives: Not mobile … Benefitted from having a good running game and great receivers.

19. Chase Holbrook, New Mexico State 6-4, 242
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 16
Post-Combine Skinny: Looked puffy. Too big. Threw well, but not well enough to make a statement of any sort.
Positives: Big-time size … Excellent arm. Can make all the throws … Accurate.
Negatives: Didn’t produce as well as he should’ve in QB friendly offense … Not mobile.

20. Michael Reilly, Central Washington 6-3, 214
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 20
Post-Combine Skinny:
Big, strong, and athletic. While he looked like he belonged in the group, he didn’t stand out in any way.
Positives: Nice size, good mobility, good arm … Ultra-productive and accurate.
Negatives: Central Washington is D-II … Good arm. Not a jaw dropper.

21. Brian Hoyer, Michigan State 6-2, 215
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 24
Post-Combine Skinny: Good buzz from a few of the scouts. Some think he has big upside as a pro and will be better than he was at MSU.
Positives: Good arm … Solid game manager … Won’t get a team beat.
Negatives: Struggled his senior year despite running game to fall back on … Not huge.

22. Todd Boeckman, Ohio State 6-4, 230
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 21
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn’t Invited To The Combine
Positives: Excellent size and good accuracy with time … Handled himself well with Terrelle Pryor situation.
Negatives: A sitting duck at times against fast defenses … Needs work on throwing motion.

23. David Johnson, Tulsa 6-2, 220
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 23
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn’t Invited To The Combine

Positives: Tremendously accurate and efficient … Not a big arm, but good enough.
Negatives: One-year starter … Horrible game in C-USA Championship … A system passer.

24. Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State 6-2, 218
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 22
Post-Combine Skinny: Didn’t run at the Combine. Far smaller than originally listed. Small hands.
Positives: Good size. … Shockingly tough. Was battered at ASU … Good fire, sometimes to a negative.
Negatives: Held on to the ball too long at times … Immobile … Not an NFL arm.

25. Chase Clement, Rice 6-4, 225
Pre-Combine Position Rank: 25
Post-Combine Skinny: Wasn’t Invited To The Combine

Positives: Ultra-productive … Very mobile with good size and moxie.
Negatives: A system quarterback … Nice arm, but not elite.