Quarterbacks under the radar

The 2011 draft class of quarterbacks is thought among pundits to be deep, but littered prospect who have question marks. With seven weeks to go before the draft, there’s still plenty left for NFL teams to evaluate.

We tend to lean on draft analyst Mike Mayock in these instances, and he sees four quarterbacks with first-round talent, but only one — Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert — he endorses as a top-10 pick.

So who are the best of the rest? Michael Lombardi, Solomon Wilcots and Steve Wyche made some picks Thursday.

Wilcots: Andy Dalton, TCU
“As a four-year starter, he’s a proven winner. He showed good vision and good decision-making. Remember, he took TCU to heights to which they had never been before. … He has shown he’s accurate throwing the football. That’s the one thing he shows you getting off the bus. That’s what you want out of any quarterback, and Dalton has that.”

Wyche: Christian Ponder, FSU
“He’s looked very good since the end of the season. He had a very solid Senior Bowl and looked good at the combine. His injury history is the red flag. He’s got the size and can make the throws. When you talk people, including Mayock, he’s best-suited for the West Coast system where he gets the ball out quickly and doesn’t have to throw the deep ball.”

Lombardi: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
“He’s athletic, he can move around the pocket, he rushes the ball but also looks down the field. He has a quick delivery. I think he’s somebody who is raw right now who is going to develop as he goes along and gets in the right system. He’s got a big arm and athleticism, two things you need in a quarterback.”

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