*Please Note, Ye Who Honor My Humble Site*
1 ~ My Vocabulary has evolved and transmogrified in many ways, since I became engulfed with The Draft in 2010!!
2 ~ As a Result, I have changed the Definitions of several Terms along the way!! Sorry for the Insanity!!
3 ~ My 2011 & 2012 Reports were all Republished in January of 2013 when I ReBooted the Site!!
Fanatical Yankee's Grades
Super Beast ~ Elite!!
Beast ~ Top Shelf!!
Stud Horse ~ Superior Caliber!!
Starter ~ Starter!!
Potential Starter ~ Potential Starter!!
Role Player ~ Role Player!!
Reserve ~ Reserve!!
Fringe Reserve ~ BorderLine Roster Guy!!
Long Shot ~ Probable Camp Fodder!!
Dark Horse ~ Moon Shot!!
Fiendish "Market" Grades ~ By Color!!
Diagnostic Acuity ~ Analytical Prowess: FootBall Smarts!!
Processing Speed ~ Reading + Reacting Rapidity!!
Launch Velocity ~ Burst off the Snap!!
Dexterity ~ Adeptness with the Hands!!
Torsion ~ Explosiveness from an Angle + Burst out of Breaks!!
Verticity ~ Sharpness of the Turn + Burn ~ Flip of the Hip!!
Navigation/Working The Field ~ Ability to Get Open!!
Grizzlies ~ Offensive Lineman + Defensive Linemen ~ except classic 43 Ends!!
Flex Ends ~ Hybrid Beasts: Rob Gronkowski
Wing Backs ~ Hybrid Freaks: Aaron "The Navigator" Hernandez
MidFielders ~ Middle LineBackers
(Defensive) Flankers ~ Outside LineBackers
When I assess the Value of a Quarter Back ~ or any player at all ~ I strip away absolutely everything else but one simple, solitary factor: His prospective Impact on The Championship Quest.
~ I don't give a rat's ass if he throws for 6000 Yards.
~ I don't give a rat's ass if he rushes for 1000 Yards.
~ I don't give a rat's ass if he helps his team make the PlayOffs 10 years in a row.
~ I care only ~ only ~ about how well I expect him to compete in Championship Games.
And analyzing that, my friends, is a tough undertaking, indeed.
Dan Marino set many records, and played in many playoff games, but in my view he was not a great Quarter Back, any more than Marty SchottenHeimer was a great Coach.
He was merely a great Passer...And if you don't know the difference ~ regardless of whether or not you agree with my assessment of Dan Marino, for whom I have great respect ~ then we can never have an intelligent conversation on this matter: A great Thrower does not make a great Pitcher...And a great Passer does not make a great Quarter Back.
Likewise, Terry Bradshaw ~ he of the 4 Super Bowl rings ~ was also not a great Quarter Back.
Conversely, Joe Montana won 4 Super Bowls, and he most certainly was a great Quarter Back.
Perhaps the best ever.
Additionally, John Elway was a great Quarter Back...but was already a great Quarter Back before he won a single ring.
It's complicated, in my view...don't you think?
And it's subjective.
And there is no statistic to boil it down for you or for me.
Frankly, I don't believe there ever will be.
And that's very difficult for most of us to accept.
I believe that, historically, the importance of a QB's Arm Strength and Athleticism are both vastly overrated.
For me, it comes down to two things, really: Diagnostic Acuity + Processing Speed.
And, no: I have no idea how to measure either.
I just know it when I see it.
Estimated Market Value
Yankee Market Value
Gary Joe Kinne
Super Beast!! Andrew Luck commands outstanding Diagnostic Acuity, Processing Speed, Leadership, and Poise. He's got The Right Stuff to lead his team to Championships!! Best clear QB Prospect in a Decade or more. Even at #1 in the entire Draft, he is a Steal!!
Stud Horse!! QB's with Robert Griffin's athleticism rarely evolve into what I consider to be Championship Caliber QB's, as the allure of their Scrambling ability tends to distract them from pursuing dedicated development of their ability to stand in the Pocket and make game altering decisions. Griffin, however, seems to be the Lone Exception too that Rule. Fair Value!!
Stud Horse!! Ryan TanneHill is very raw, and has a very thin resume, but commands an extraordinary arsenal of physical and cerebral talent. Even so, it is of the Scrambling style, and such QB's tend to make a big splash without ever providing their teams a legitimate chance of winning The Big One, which is the extremely harsh yard stick by which I judge all QB's. As such, and because he is raw and will need work, I tend to give him a 3rd Round grade. OverRated!!
Beast!! Remarkably raw for his lofty age ~ 28 going on 29 ~ Brandon Weeden is, nevertheless, an intelligent Field General with exceptional physical skills.
A savvy GM won't give a rat's ass about his age ~ Weeden should be good for 8 to 12 years, anyway ~ and will take full advantage of his age artificially depressing the Market Value of a kid who ought be a 1st Rounder. Steal!!
Potential Starter!! With his exciting raw skill set and a thin Quarter Back Market, Brock Osweiler's Stock is high and rising...But in my view, we have a QB who has a wafer thin resume, combined with virtually no noteworthy Diagnostic Acuity or Processing Speed.
In my view, he's a 4th or 5th Rounder who'll need a lot of development. As such, I consider him highly OverRated!!
Potential Starter!! Kirk Cousins's got more experience in a professional kind of Offense than most of these guys ahead of'm, and he's exhibited a good deal of Diagnostic Acuity.
Mind you: his Processing Speed needs work, as he shows a tendency to buckle under pressure from time to time.
If that can be addressed, he may be the steal of the Draft. As it is, he strikes me as a pretty good Mid Round bet, but I think the Market's driven his Stock a bit high. OverRated!!
Potential Starter!! Nick Foles has a great arm, but I have grave reservations regarding his Diagnostic Acuity and, especially, about his Processing Speed, after the snap.
Ordinarily, I might give a guy like this a Free Agent grade, but he gets exceptionally high marks for Work Ethic, and that aspect, while it gets tons of lip service in the media, remains a greatly underrated element of the Game, in my view: I believe that Hard Work can go a long way towards improving Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed.
Even so, I consider him a long shot to be an exceptional Quarter Back at the next level, so I consider his Market Value to be a round or two too Gourmet, no doubt elevated by his exceptional Arm. Over Rated!!
Reserve!! Ryan Lindley doesn't strike me as having particularly notable skills in any aspect of his Game, and both his Diagnostic Acuity and his Processing Speed under pressure seem to be weak points. I wouldn't write the guy off, all together, but to my mind he is clearly a Reserve who needs work. As such, I consider his Market Value to be very excessive, as you could get QB's of his potential much later in the Draft, and even beyond: Over Rated!!
Potential Starter!! BJ Coleman brings considerable physical skills to the table, but is very raw with his Mechanics. The Tipping Point, in my view, are the accolades he gets for Work Ethic. That, and his natural talent, make him a very good Late Round Pick, indeed: Fair Value!!
Fringe Reserve!! Russell Wilson has great natural talent, but his short stature and raw Diagnostics render him a long shot to become an effective Pro Quarter Back. The only thing that really speaks in his favor is that he's gone against top college competition. Fair Value!!
Fringe Reserve!! Chandler Harnish brings great Athleticism to the table, and an exceptional Arm, but his Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed are pretty damned poor, at this juncture. However, he's a natural Leader and commands the tenacity to make the most of what he has. He could even develop into a Starter, in the right system with enough coaching and patience. Fair Value!!
Super Beast!! Kellen Moore is the story of this Draft Class, as far as I'm concerned. His Diagnostic Acuity, his Processing Speed, his insatiable Work Ethic, his Vision, his Confidence, his complete and utter Command of the Huddle...his Third Eye, his Instincts, his ability to see where the play's going before it happens...are magnificent.
If I needed to drive the length of the field to score the winning Touch Down in the final two minutes of the Super Bowl, and I had only the Quarter Backs of the 2012 Draft Class to choose from, to lead my team, I would certainly choose Andrew Luck, the greatest QB prospect in the last decade or more...
...unless Kellen Moore was available.
I laugh my ASS off when I read Reports comparing Moore to Drew Brees "except for the Arm."!!
For those who's memories don't go back 10 years ~ and that is evidently a vast majority ~ the overwhelming consensus on Drew Brees, 11 years ago, was that he was good on the Dink and Dunk stuff...but just don't ask him to sling it downfield!!
Reserve!! Casey Keenum is short in stature, but is an hard worker and a Scrapper who makes the most of what he's got. He doesn't command much Arm Strength, but he commands the Huddle...At this point, it's hard to assess his Diagnostic Acuity or Processing Speed, because of the nature of the Offense he ran on Planet Hoosten, but within the confines of that Offense, he certainly Moved the Chains. And he improved his Mechanics as a Senior, coming off an ACL injury, which speaks to his Tenacity and Focus. I like the kid, and I'd have no problem dropping a 7th Round Pick on him, if I had one to spare. Fair Value!!
Potential Starter!! Aaron Corp is very raw, but he brings superior Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed to the table, as well as excellent Mechanics and good height for the position. Given the right coaching and some patience, he seems to have legitimate Starter potential. Steal!!
Potential Starter!! Austin Davis is generally downgraded, due to his lack of Arm Strength, his Height, and his experience being in Shot Gun...However, I am inclined to like this kid's ability to manage a Game, which gets about 10% of the attention in scouting QB's, though it ultimately proves to be about 90% of what makes them or breaks them. Mind you, I'm not saying we have Joe Montana, here, but his Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed are excellent. He's also got Scrambling skills, but I don't give a rat's ass about that. All in all, though, I see potential as an effective Reserve and even a potential Starter in the NFL. Steal!!
Reserve!! Despite his Strong Arm and Athleticism, I like Gary Joe Kinne. Hah!! What I like about him, though, is that he's the son of a Coach who's improved Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed in his Senior year clearly exhibited an open mind and the will to do what is need to evolve as a Field General, a trait that is as uncommon as it is vital. As such, I consider him a very intriguing Prospect. Deal!!
Fringe Reserve!! John Brantley's a little difficult to get a bead on: he flashed inconsistent Indicators of Diagnostic Acuity and Processing Speed...But my gut tells me that there's real Product to work with, here. Deal!!
Dark Horse!! Mind you...
I'm feeling a little too much "Brett Favre" in his Game.
Hell...I'm feeling a little too much "Ricky Henderson."
I'm feeling a bit too much "HollyWood."
But Steve Garcia has MOXIE...and he has it in SPADES.
And he's got Talent.
But he's a raging DONKEY...and the odds of him ever harnessing his considerable physical skills ~ and his equally considerable Testicular Fortitude ~ are LONG.
But if you're feeling...wacky...by all MEANS...
Take a shot.
Not with my money, though!!
Potential Starter!! Dan Persa is just a bit on the short side, but my GOD, is he loaded with Intangibles!!
His Diagnostics and his Processing Speed are through the ROOF, his Work Ethic is absolutely astounding, and it doesn't hurt that he adds Mobility and exceptional Mechanics to his Resume.
His lack of Glory Stats, Height, or Rocket Arm relegate him to UFA Land, but I'm here to tell you that this guy could be an extraordinary 15 year Reserve, one who could come in, in a pinch, and KILL the unprepared...and even become an effective Starter!! Sleeper!!