Several quarterbacks have a chance to rise

(Ben Liebenberg /

(Ben Liebenberg /

While Matthew Stafford and Mark Sanchez have received all the attention, a few other signal-callers could improve their stock with solid workouts leading up to the draft.

Two such players are Kansas State’s Josh Freeman and Michigan State’s Brian Hoyer.

I sat in with Pat Kirwan during his Sirius radio show, and he singled out those two players as having potential to vault up the board.

He said Freeman has the size (6-foot-6) that many teams require, and he also has impressive arm strength. If he can show he is an accurate passer and has a good understanding of how to read defenses, his physical tools will help him move up draft boards.

Hoyer, meanwhile, has been sort of under-the-radar after a rocky senior season at Michigan State. Kirwan pointed out that passing to three freshman receivers this past season with the Spartans hindered Hoyer’s production.

As a junior, when he had current Redskins WR Devin Thomas to throw to, Hoyer put up his best statistical season.

In talking to both players here in the media room over the last couple days, each seemed intent on catching scouts’ eyes both here and at his pro day. If they can carry that focus onto the field, they might be in a position to rise.

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