So St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher finally announced that Austin Davis will be the starting quarterback for a while and that he won't be on a short leash. That is great news, and it gives us something to be excited about heading out of the bye week and into the rest of the season.
However, it's hard to imagine a scenario right now where the Rams decide not to draft a quarterback in the early rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft. So our guy 3k revealed his quarterback big board that you can find here, but since that wasn't enough for me I thought that it would be neat if he shared with us why he felt that way towards the QBs.
|1||Jameis Winston||Florida St.||RS Soph.|
|2||Marcus Mariota||Oregon||RS Jr.|
|3||Bryce Petty||Baylor||RS Sr.|
|4||Brett Hundley (i)||UCLA||RS Jr.|
|5||Kevin Hogan||Stanford||RS Jr.|
|6||Cody Fajardo||Nevada||RS Sr.|
|7||Sean Mannion||Oregon St.||RS Sr.|
|8||Connor Cook||Michigan St.||RS Jr.|
|9||Chuckie Keeton (i)||Utah St.||Sr.|
|10||Gunner Kiel||Cincinatti||RS Soph.|
|11||Taylor Kelly||Arizona St.||RS Sr.|
|12||Shane Carden||East Carolina||Sr.|
|13||Wes Lunt||Illinois||RS Soph.|
|14||Cody Kessler||USC||RS Jr.|
|15||Braxton Miller (i)||Ohio St.||RS Sr. (m)|
|17||Devin Gardner||Michigan||RS Sr.|
|18||Dak Prescott||Mississsippi St.||RS Jr.|
|19||Cyler Miles||Washington||RS Soph.|
|20||Bo Wallace||Ole Miss||Sr.|
|Missed the cut: Hutson Mason (Georgia, RS Sr.), Cole Stoudt (Clemson, Sr.), Connor Halliday (Washington St., RS Sr.), Jake Coker(Alabama, RS Jr.), Jeff Driskel (Florida, RS Jr.)
Has any quarterback separated from the rest of the pack?
You're still looking at a top tier of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, and they haven't really separated much more from the tier below them only because the separation was already there before the season started. Brett Hundley has played very well given some adverse circumstances early on. Part of the problem is that many of the prospects haven't had much opportunity to really exhibit any development. In three of Michigan St.'s four games, Connor Cook has faced Jacksonville St., Eastern Michigan and Wyoming. They won those three by a combined 174-35. We'll get a better sense of him as he gets into B1G play starting Saturday with Nebraska. But overall right now, it's Mariota/Winston and everyone else.
I'm pretty sure you're higher on Jameis Winston than I am, so why do you like him? How do you feel about the off-the field stuff?
He's got the skills you can't teach. Arm strength, accuracy, field vision. He's been shaky to start this year (throwing a pair of interceptions against Oklahoma St. and North Carolina St. each), so I'm eager to see how he responds over the course of the season. FSU's got a very weak schedule, but there are always challenges to upset. And if they can get through the season unblemished, the playoffs will give us a sense of his big game readiness. As for the off field stuff, almost all of it is just stupid kid stuff. The sexual assault charge is the real issue. Everything else is just dumb.
I feel like Connor Cook would be the best option for the Rams, how do you feel about him?
He's solid. Definitely a classic pocket passer. It's a very young offense, so the challenge for him is going to be getting on the same page with the underclassmen; both of his starting tackles are sophomores as is TE Josiah Price. It's an offense built for 2015, but they might be able to get into the playoffs this year.
Has any sleeper quarterbacks caught your eye?
Jacoby Brissett at North Carolina St. He had played inferior opponents so far this season (Georgia Southern, Old Dominion, South Florida and Presbyterian...), so I wasn't putting too much into his final stats. The skills looked impressive though as a first-year starter. But against Florida St. on Saturday, he looked good. Real good. And that's against a defense loaded with future NFL players. This Saturday's too packed to get much of NCSU-Clemson, but I'll definitely catch some of their other ACC games in the noon slot.
If the Rams don't draft a quarterback, what other position would they consider?
It depends on where they want to go. With Greg Robinson, the obvious suggestion was that the Rams would lean on the power running game. That hasn't happened...and by that I mean either the running game or Greg Robinson actually playing. So this early in the season, I'm not sure what the Rams would do in the first few rounds if QB isn't the immediate move. Interior O-line is an issue, but if the Rams are drafting in the top 10, I'm not sure there's a prospect that meets that draft stock. Right now, the top half of the draft looks primed for offensive tackles and defensive ends. I'm not sure how the Rams would justify drafting either, but I guess anything's possible. Perhaps the secondary would be the look here with guys like Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu or Alabama safety Landon Collins as prime targets.
There's no way the Rams can bring back Sam Bradford next year is there?
6.) Never say never.
Now let's look at some interesting notes on some of the quarterbacks.
So unfortunately I did not watch the entire game between the Oregon Ducks and the Arizona Wildcats, but man that was a bad loss. I did catch the fourth quarter of the game, and he looked like he's always played to me. He was mobile and finding players when they got open, however the offensive line played pretty bad. Mariota did fumble on the last drive, but hopefully that will be a teaching moment for him and he will hold the ball more tightly. My biggest questions on him so far will be his anticipation on receivers getting open, but I think an NFL team can find ways to make an offense simple for him. He still reminds me of Russell Wilson.
Connor Cook - Michigan State Vs. Nebraska
I am a big fan of Cook and I feel as though he will be a big time quarterback in the NFL. He's going to need a good offensive line to be successful, because once pressure get's to Cook he does seem to throw the ball up, and it doesn't matter if it's double or triple coverage. However he can make all the throws and he has good anticipation for receivers getting open.
Everett Golson - Notre Dame Vs. Stanford
I have not yet had the pleasure to watch Golson this season, so I have a quote from Rotoworld NFL Draft writer Josh Norris, on the QB from his Two to Watch article.
Here's some recent QB videos for you to watch
Here's some interesting tweets
If Connor Cook goes to a team with a good offensive line.... http://t.co/qiaNgyDnIR— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) September 30, 2014
Interesting fact on Manuel. At Florida St he ran a half field offense. Following year same staff gave RS Fr Winston a more complex offense— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) September 29, 2014
I wrote about type bias in QB evaluation in 2011. Maybe it's time to update it. http://t.co/lR4a33fa7k— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) September 29, 2014
Marcus mariota is a class act after losing last night he stayed and met kids from the children's hospital... he may not win the heisman— JohnnyBaseball (@jja226) October 3, 2014
I criticized Brett Hundley for keeping his eyes down after evading the 1st pass rusher. It was much better vs Az St. http://t.co/u1ckOgGD35— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) October 1, 2014