Whether it be in the first or seventh it seems likely that Shanahan will draft a QB this April. I was curious to see who Shanahan has drafted to see if there are any trends we can pick out.
Brian Griese (1998- Round 3)
Jarious Jackson (2000- Round 7)
Matt Mauck (2004- Round 7)
Bradlee Van Pelt (2004- Round 7)
Jay Culter (2006- Round 1)
He was not even considered a prospect entering his senior year, but his production and leadership was so solid in 1997 that he has emerged as a legitimate NFL candidate. He has had an up and down career for the Wolverines, playing a lot in 1995 and then sitting on the bench for most of the 1996 season. However, he had a breakout year in 1997 in Michigan's conservative offense. He has a great football history and tremendous knowledge of the game, which would be expected from having a dad like former NFL great Bob Greise. He has great intangibles and understands the game and knows how to move the offense. He has adequate arm strength, but knows how to get the ball to his receivers and he can look off to secondary receivers and can find the open man. He is very cool under pressure and has played well in big games. He is a good ball handler and he can make adjustments at the LOS. He is not a real gifted athlete and he does not have great velocity on his throws, but he seems to move around okay in the pocket and get the job done. He is not what NFL teams are looking for physically, but he is so efficient and smart that he may very well make an NFL team as a backup. If he continues to develop, he is a guy that teams would feel very comfortable about in a backup role. He may never develop into a starter, but there are a lot of things to like about this guy.
A short, but well-built athlete. Strong runner. Tough. Will stand in under pressure and take a hit. Holds the ball a little low. Needs to do a better job of setting his feet. Has an over the top delivery and a strong arm. Somewhat deliberate. Confident but will throw into coverage. Lacks good overall accuracy. Has touch awareness but puts too much air under some throws. Shows the ability to throw the deep ball. Could project to running back because of his run skills, but lacks classic running back speed. A good "tools" prospect who needs a lot of refinement.
Tough, smart quarterback with solid athletic skills. Quickly sets in the pocket, sells the ball fakes and throws with a nice delivery. Elusive, gets outside the pocket making plays on the move or picks up yardage with his legs. Puts zip on intermediate passes, throws tight spirals and has good arm strength. Sells the ball fakes, stands strong in the pocket and patient.
Bradlee Van Pelt
Tough signal-caller that must iron out the rough edges to his game. Quickly sets in the pocket with solid footwork, remains poised and shows good judgment. Drives the deep pass downfield, laying the ball out in front of receivers and letting them run to the pass. Escapes the rush and makes the throw on the move. Tough and has a linebacker's mentality, especially carrying the ball. Improved in all aspects of his game late in his senior season.
Athletic prospect with the physical and mental skills necessary to start at the next level. Patient, stands strong in the pocket and immediately finds the open wideout. Displays a sense of timing, throws strikes and hits receivers in stride. Has a quick release and passes immediately to get to the intended target. Poised under pressure, can elude the rush and gets rid of the ball rather than taking a bad sack. Sells the ball fakes, accurate throwing on the move and displays toughness in all aspects of the game. Not afraid to challenge the vertical game and gets the ball through the tight spots.
I don't think we'll get many answers from this, just thought it'd be interesting. It seems like a QB like Trent Green (young version) would have been perfect for Shanahan. Athleticism seems to be a common trend. Mobile enough to move in the pocket and execute roll outs. Good enough arm, but not amazing. Willing to stand in the pocket and deliver to the open man. Pretty accurate.
Other than Cutler Shanahan didn't seem too interested in drafting QBs high. In fact, Jake Plummer had a very solid 2005 season (over 90 QB rating, 18 TDs to only 7 INTs) and that's when Shanman pulled the trigger on a highly touted QB. Clearly Shanahan fell in love with Cutler. In 2004 Shanny was definitely open to taking a flier or two, by taking two QBs in the 7th round. It'll be interested to see if/when Shan pulls the trigger, but I thought some people might find this interesting.
Does this change or strengthen anyone's thoughts about April?