INDIANAPOLIS — Much time has been spent discussing the merits of the top quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine, and on Sunday they finally took the field. So when all was said and done, who stood out?
Three of our analysts who had firsthand looks at the QBs detailed who impressed them most:
NFL Network analyst Charles Davis: Ryan Mallett can really spin it, but the guy who I thought gained a lot of ground — if you can here at the combine — was Jake Locker. I thought he threw very well today, and it was the Locker we were all kind of waiting to see. He looked confident, he looked in control, and he was very accurate throwing the ball, and that had been the big knock against him. He did that today with unfamiliar receivers. I thought it was a very good day for Locker.
NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi: I thought Mallett threw the ball well; he was really impressive. He’s got a great delivery, he has great arm strength. He’s got a quick mind to him. I was expecting him to be very effective, his tape shows you that he can do all those things. I think he carried over well from his tape to his workout.
NFL.com senior analyst Pat Kirwan: Mallett was the guy who impressed me. And I wasn’t surprised by that after watching his film. I noticed that Mallett was really loose with the rest of the players and engaged them. He also got competitive out there, which I love. He was clearly the best deep-ball passer at the combine. Mallett has an effortless throw, and he can repeat the same mechanics on every throw with great accuracy, velocity and rotation. What separated Mallett from the other quarterbacks was his feet. He has the best depth of any of the quarterbacks in his drops. Mallett has all the skills of a traditional drop-back passer, and I saw them all today.