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With the NFL Draft under two weeks away, let’s look at our positional rankings for the quarterbacks in the draft. One thing to note is our “Patriots Interest Scale.” Using our best judgment we have placed a ranking, 0-10, on whether or not the Patriots appear to have interest in the prospect.
The player that has his name bolded is the prospect we have highlighted under the rankings. The player with an asterisk is seen in the image.
|2.||Ryan Mallett *||Arkansas||6-6||253||4|
|6.||Christian Ponder||Florida State||6-2||229||1|
Most of the quarterback talk has centered around the consensus top four passers in the NCAA. Very little has been made of second-tier guys like Christian Ponder, Pat Delvin, Andy Dalton and Greg McElroy. However, the truth-be-told that some of these quarterbacks will be big-time leaders in the NFL.
Dalton is arguably the most efficient quarterback of them all. The Katy, Texas native was fantastic throughout his four year career at TCU, leading the Horned Frogs to a 44-8 overall record, including a 21-19 Rose Bowl win against Wisconsin this past season.
Dalton’s ability to read defenses and have a high touchdown-to-interception ratio makes him an appealing option around the mid-point of the draft. Rarely does he throw an errant pass; Dalton only threw six interceptions last season, along with 27 touchdown passes. Aside from his strong arm, one of Dalton’s biggest attributes is his feet.
Dalton moves real well outside of the pocket, rushing for 435 yards last season. Dalton will make a solid addition to any NFL team, and he does have the tools to be a starter at the next level. Like many college quarterbacks, Dalton’s success will depend on the system that he’s in.
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