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Thursday, March 29, 2007

No love for JaMarcus

Swinging by Barnes & Noble to pick up some magazines on the upcoming NFL Draft and I notice one thing.

There are five magazines stretched out in the sports magazine section - from ESPN to Sporting News to Lindy's. Every one of them has Brady Quinn on the front cover. None of them have JaMarcus Russell.

Quinn has got to be the most overhyped quarterback coming out of college since Ryan Leaf.

Mike Golic calls Quinn, "the most prepared quarterback in this year's draft." Prepared at what? Losing big games? If that's the case the Lions should take him with their first pick. Oh wait. The Lions never play any big games.

Mel Kiper writes that Quinn, "defines what a comeback quarterback is this year." Let's look at the Notre Dame's big comeback wins last year - Georgia Tech, Michigan State and UCLA. Any one of those teams really all that impressive? Georgia Tech finished 9-5, UCLA finished 7-6 and Michigan State was 4-8.

I will give credit to Quinn. He certainly has the physical attributes to succeed in the NFL, but so does Russell and a lot of other quarterbacks (Drew Stanton, Michigan State; Chris Leak, Florida; Kevin Kolb, Houston).

Think Quinn is being mentioned as a possible No. 1 pick if he plays in the SEC? I don't think so.


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