Well, my Skins did exactly what they were suppose to do for the sanity of their fans on Sunday. They played a highly competitive and entertaining football game, taking the Cowboys to OT before finally succumbing to the inevitable, 27-24. They didn’t embarrass themselves, they found a scapegoat to take frustration out on (Gano, D. Hall), and best of all, THEY LOST. This enhanced our chances of getting a coveted Top 5 draft pick in a draft that has all the makings of a QB goldmine.
This post is dedicated to a college football weekend unlike any we have seen in a while. 5 Top-10 BCS teams went down in defeat. A couple of the QBs featured in those games are set to be the guys picked after Andrew Luck, so it’s a great time to look at what these other QBs bring to the table and which could fit for a team like my Skins. So this is the Suck for [insert name after Luck] Sweepstakes. The remixed names of the Sweepstakes were acquired from the @czabe Twitter page so shout out to Steve Czaben of ESPN980.
How Would You Like to Stay in Red and Gold, Mr Barkley?
Matt Barkley – Blow for Barkley: Easily the most polished guy out of the 5 that I will highlight here. This guy is a gamer. He decided to stay at USC despite not having the opportunity to play in a bowl game, hell not even the PAC-12 Championship game. But he, and the Trojans, have played great in big games. The Stanford game and especially the Oregon game Saturday, highlighted what this future 1st rounder could bring to a team. He plays in a pro-style offense, not this spread, here is your one read attack. I hope the Redskins are in his sweepstakes but you can see Seattle making a strong push for him. Only problem is that he can pull a Luck and decide to stay for his senior year at USC, like another Trojan QB should have done. CBS Sports, which ranks him 2nd after Luck says this about him “Barkley is shorter than preferred and doesn’t possess an elite arm. He does, however, have enough of an arm to make every NFL throw, good accuracy on the move and in the pocket and the intangibles that every NFL team is hoping for in a franchise quarterback.”
Robert Griffin III – Drop a Turd for Griffin the Third – Another junior QB, he probably is the best weapon out of all of these guys. RG3 is probably the guy that can do the most without having a complete team around him. However, the question with a guy like this is whether his production is due to the system, or is this guy truly is as good as those numbers says he is. He is mobile and accurate downfield (see that pass against Oklahoma to win the game), but most of all he is consistent. There was a point deep in the year that he had more touchdowns than incompletions. His career TD-INT ratio is 41-11. But do you think NFL GM’s will make this guy the second QB picked after Luck? CBS Sports ranks him the 5th best QB.
Landry Jones – Lose for Landry You can smell overrated emanating from Mr. Jones when he plays, can’t you. Yes, he puts up big numbers, but it helps when you are throwing to one of the nation’s best receiver in Ryan Broyles. But I see 2 throw-up games, the Texas Tech game (at home!) and this past Oregon game where you have to wonder what this guy would bring to your team. He came into the year the number 3 QB on some draft boards. Will he even be picked in the 1st round? CBS Sports ranks him 3rd and here is what they said; “Though Jones has done an excellent job taking over the reins of the Oklahoma offense from Bradford, comparisons between the two are folly. Jones has good size and a strong enough arm to make all of the throws, but does not have the superior accuracy of the Rams’ current starting quarterback and must improve making throws when pressured.”
Kellen Moore – Mail it in for Moore I admit I don’t watch much Boise State games. But I was sold on this guy after watching last year and the Georgia game this year. I am not like other guys that look at size and physical gifts; if you can ball, you can ball, and he was leading Boise to some great wins. But then I watched the TCU game two Saturdays ago. I saw when they were driving to win. He was overthrowing cats out there man. And I can’t blame the blue field. It didn’t look like a Sunday performance So if Moore won’t pass the eyeball test and he didn’t pass on the field in the biggest game of the year, it looks like his stock is dropping faster than Netflix. He is ranked 15th QB on CBS Sports.
Case Keenum – Crap the bed for Keenum In Philadelphia they call him the Kevin Kolb of the draft. I prefer Colt Brennan. But this is truly a system QB. Don’t get me wrong he can chuck it all around the field. You can’t be terrible putting up numbers like he does. But don’t expect him to help rebuild your dynasty. He may need the 1993 Cowboys built around him in order to just be average in the NFL. You can see a team like the Saints, Eagles, maybe Steelers picking a kid like this and then stashing him away in the back pocket. He is ranked 11th.
We’ve reached that time of year in college and pros where it’s time to start scouting for your future franchise player. As the Skins deftly position themselves in the draft for the rebuilding of their franchise…again…I hope you keep a close eye on these guys and more as the [franchise player your team needs] Sweepstakes begin for 20 teams in a little over a month.