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Negative Recruiting Debunk: Spread QBs

Listed below are statistics of Quarterbacks in the top 100 rushers in a given year. Immediately below each one, there is a snippet on where each one was drafted, or how they did in the NFL. As you can see, the number of times a quarterback rushes the ball has little bearing on where he will be drafted. Rather, it is a matter of which skills you have.

2007
Player
Class
Rushes
Yds
Passes
Eff
Michael Desormeaux
Jr
188
1141
-
-
Pat White
Jr
197
1335
216
151.4
Jake Locker
Fr
172
986
-
-
Dan LeFevour
So
188
1122
543
133.5
K-N Kaheaku-Enhada
Jr
180
834
-
-
Stephen McGee
Jr
181
899
364
117.8
Tim Tebow
So
210
895
350
172.5
Matt Grothe
So
198
872
392
121.0
Zac Robinson
So
140
879
333
149.0

All of these players are back in college this year, but several of them are NFL-bound. Pat White will be a first day pick as a receiver, and Tim Tebow and Dan LeFevour are locks to be eventual NFL draft picks. Grothe will probably also make it to the NFL, along with Jake Locker, Matt Grothe, and maybe Zac Robinson.

2006
Player
Class
Rushes
Yds
Passes
Eff
Julian Edelman
Jr
169
658
232
124.4
Pat White
So
165
1219
-
-
James Starks
Fr
175
704
-
-
Chris Nickson
So
146
694
292
122.8
Bernard Jackson
Jr
155
677
219
103.3

None of these players made it to the NFL (yet, as several are still eligible).

2005
Player
Class
Rushes
Yds
Passes
Eff
Brad Smith
Sr
229
1301
399
114.1
Vince Young
Jr
155
1050
325
163.9
Pat White
Fr
151
932
-
-
Lamar Owens
Sr
213
880
-
-
Michael Robinson
Sr
163
806
311
127.2
Reggie McNeal
Sr
96
664
265
128.6
Shaun Carney
So
170
710
-
-

I think we all know how Vince Young made out after leaving Texas (3rd overall in 2006). Reggie McNeal was picked as a receiver in the 6th round. Brad Smith went in the 4th round at receiver, and Michael Robinson was a fellow 4th-rounder as a running back.

2004
Player
Class
Rushes
Yds
Passes
Eff
Vince Young
So
167
1079
343
128.5
Josh Cribbs
Sr
170
893
335
133.2
Aaron Polanco
Sr
246
980
-
-
Walter Washington
Jr
222
889
332
118.5
Rasheed Marshall
Sr
169
861
242
143.4
Drew Stanton
Jr
96
687
220
131.8
Joel Armstrong
Fr
114
608
-
-

Rasheed Marshall (who played for Rich Rodriguez at WVU) was a 5th-round pick as a receiver. Josh Cribbs went undrafted, but is still playing in the NFL as a receiver/returner for the Cleveland Browns. Drew Stanton was the 2nd-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2006, and is expected to challenge for their starting position this year.

Also, for the record, Michael Vick was a number 1 overall draft pick, despite only actually playing college football for 2 years, and being as far from a prototypical NFL quarterback as you can imagine. Offensive style doesn't dictate where a "system quarterback" will be drafted. Instead, it is skill that is paramount. NFL GMs can tell if a guy has an NFL arm, regardless of whether he's running the zone-read (Vince Young), a different type of running spread (Tim Tebow), or a passing-oriented offense (Dan LeFevour, among others).

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“Negative Recruiting Debunk: Spread QBs”

  1. Blogger cfaller96 Says:

    Tim, good info. I assume you got this info from the NCAA's stats archive. Do you have any ideas about where I could go to get archived data on injuries to QBs?

    I'd like to debunking the (IMO) myth that QBs that run get injured more than pocket QBs. I don't believe this is true, and using these QBs (i.e. those that are in the Top 100 of rushing) is a good start.

    Anyway, do you know of any sources for QB injuries?