NFL Draft QB prospects rated higher than previous years
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Does this year's NFL Draft have the best batch of QBs that we've seen in years?

4/11/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill (15) and Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck (12) watch the workouts during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIREAccording to one scout, there are 5 quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL Draft who are better than Cam Newton, last year's #1 overall pick.

Keeping in mind the fact that Newton actually had a hell of a year, that seems like a rather unbelievable claim.

The top two, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, seem like they could definitely be for real. Luck has been touted as the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning. RGIII came away with the Heisman Trophy this season, despite Luck having it all but wrapped up before the season started, and some people are even saying Griffin is the better pro prospect.

If you want to tell me that Luck and RGIII are going to be better than Newton, I'm ok with that.

At some point, however, you have to draw the line.

Former Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden is an excellent passer, but he's 28 years old. Even if he has a great career, his long-term potential is seriously hampered by the fact that he's 6-7 years older than most guys coming into the league. Especially if you want to compare him to Newton, who was already a pretty good NFL QB at age 22. Also, while his passing might be superior (key word: might), he's a statue in the pocket.

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill are the others who were included in the "better than Cam" statement. Cousins is especially praised for his businesslike approach and his incredible preparation, but how is that any different from Newton? Does Cam not prepare for games?

Tannehill will likely be a top 10 pick, but he's another guy who seems to be moving up the draft board out of desperation more than anything else.

Are all 5 of these guys really better than Cam Newton, the Rookie of the Year in 2011? Time will tell, but it seems like a stretch.
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4/12/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

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