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Mini Kiper’s Top 10 Draft Eligable Quarterbacks for the 2012 NFL Draft

By Anthony Carillo

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford,
2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor,
3. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St.
4. Ryan Tannehill, Texas AM
5. Nick Foles, Arizona
6. Kirk Cousins, Michigan St.
7. Ryan Lindley, San Diego St.
8. Kellen Moore, Boise St.
9. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
10. Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois

This quarterback draft class may have set the most records over their respective careers. You have Kellen Moore breaking the record for most wins as a starting quarterback, you have Robert Griffin III becoming the first Baylor football player to win the Heisman trophy, and you have Case Keenum, who shattered pretty much every passing record in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Andrew Luck sits at the top of my list just like the rest of the world, and for obvious reasons. He is the most NFL ready quarterback the NFL draft has seen in over a decade. He has a strong arm, is very accurate, has an NFL type body, and has Peyton Manning type intelligence on the field. The only question that remains for Luck is are the Colts going to draft him. The Colts just hired a new general manager, and now he must make a decision if he is going to pay Peyton Manning his $28 million dollars, or release him to make way for Andrew Luck. In my opinion, and I am in the vast minority on this one, I say the Colts do release Manning. The Colts have so many free agents this year that they need to try to resign, and sinking 28 million dollars into one player may be a little steep. Granted it is one of the best quarterbacks of all time, but they run the risk of losing players like Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Robert Mathis, Jacob Tamme, and Jeff Saturday.

Only time will tell us what the Colts are going to do. The rest of this draft class has a lot of potential, and a lot of players that will be passed on in the draft due to their height, their arm, or their speed. You have Brock Osweiler, who stands at 6’8”, and then you have Kellen Moore, who stand a shade under 6 feet tall. You have pass happy quarterbacks like Case Keenum and Darron Thomas, and you have more traditional quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson. This draft we may see the oldest quarterback rookie in Brandon Weeden, who is 28 years old and just finished playing his college career after spending five years playing minor league baseball.

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