In all honesty, I don't know very much about this guy. Statistically his numbers are not quite as good as Ryan Mallets numbers were in his second year of college. He is certainly faster but he is also 2 inches shorter. More importantly he averaged over 2 yds LESS per throw than Mallett who was a 3rd round pick. He throws more interceptions and his 4th quarter comeback were very Henneish.
I have heard all the "POTENTIAL" BS. I am not sure what that means. I am all for drafting a QB in the first round because the management has wasted a zillion picks on second round QB's. But I am not sure given the poor shape of this team that NOW is the time to draft a QB who will take a couple of years to develop.
I would like to pose a hypothetical question. Let's say that the team drafts R.T. @ #8. He will need some time to develop. It is not like he will be able to jump in day one and start. The team is desperate for a #1 WR since they dumped Brandon Marshall. If they draft R.T. in the first round, it will be mandatory that the team drafts a WR in second round otherwise who do you throw to?? Add the lack of a strong RT on a team that gave up 50+ sacks last year and any QB will be running for his life.
There is also a crucial need for another pass rusher. Let us not forget that there is a new Head Coach, new Offensive and defensive co-ordinators Given all that, let us say after game 10 when the team is out of the playoffs, RT gets to start a few games and does OK. The team most likely will be drafting pretty early next year and NOW, Matt Barkley is available! What do you do? Do you draft Matt Barkley???? Because IMHO, if you draft RT at #8, the team is guaranteed to have a top 5 pick next year!!