Thursday, February 26, 2009

Combine Breakdown: Quarterbacks

It is hard to measure quartberbacks based on their performance at the Combine. Unless you watched it live, you can't really put into statistics how well the quarterbacks did in throwing drills, etc. So, for the time being all we have to base our judgements on are the basic tests that everyone performs at the Combine (40 yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, etc.)

There were only two Big Ten quarterbacks at this years Combine. They were Michigan State's Brian Hoyer and Purdue's Curtis Painter. Neither of them did exceptionally well, or absolutely horrible. Painter clocked in at 4.92 on the 40 yard dash and had a 7.00 three cone drill. Both numbers were right about at the middle of the pack for the quarterbacks.

Hoyer ran a slightly slower 4.97 in the 40 yard dash and had the sixth highest (amongst QBs who participated) vertical jump, with a 32.0 inch leap.

Neither Big Ten quarterback, or any quarterback for that matter, improved their stock too much.
As far as the marquee names, Matthew Stafford ran a 4.84 40 and had a 30.5 inch vertical jump. Mark Sanchez turned in a 4.88 and 32.5. And finally, Josh Freeman ran a 4.97 and had the best broad jump at 9'11".

The real star of the Combine, amongst the quarterbacks, was West Virginia's Pat White. White ran a blazing 4.49 40 and had the highest vertical leap at 35 inches. White's 40 time was faster than 19 of the 23 running backs who ran during the Combine.

My Top Five QB Performers at the Combine:
1. Pat White
2. Matthew Stafford
3. Stephen McGee
4. Rhett Bomar
5. Mark Sanchez
Photo courtesy of scout.com

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