With the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off this week in Indianapolis, Acme Packing Company continues its look at the prospects attempting to persuade NFL executives and scouts to select them on draft day. Today, we highlight the quarterback position.
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Projected combine measurements (via NFL Draft Scout): 6'4", 215
Few believe that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has any chance of falling out of the Top 10, let alone to the end of the first round. However, at this time last season the same would have been said about Teddy Bridgewater. Whether Mariota, a better prospect from a heavily scrutinized offensive system, meets the same fate remains to be seen. His play is reminiscent of Russell Wilson, but he has the body of Ryan Tannehill. A smart offensive staff should be able to turn him into a star. Should Mariota somehow last until pick No. 30, the Packers would be licking their chops at the trade down opportunities.
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Projected combine measurements: 6'3", 227
The drop off at quarterback from Jameis Winston and Mariota is steep. There is not consensus third prospect at the position, but UCLA's Brett Hundley probably comes closest. A smooth athlete with tremendous upside, Hundley trails his classmates in the non-physical aspects of the game. Too often he'll drop his eyes when his first read doesn't develop, and his deep ball is a concern. Still, if Hundley was somehow on the board in the third round, Green Bay might be compelled to pull the trigger.
Garrett Grayson, Colorado State
Projected combine measurements: 6'2", 220
On paper, Garrett Grayson has it all. He started 35 games for the Rams including every game the past two seasons. He possesses above-average arm strength, and though his delivery looks awkward at times his passes tend to hit their targets. Grayson can even run a bit when the situation calls for it. What he lacks is that "it" factor that separates the starters from the backups. On the third day of the draft that's hardly an issue. The Packers could snag the second coming of Drew Stanton and develop him into a high-end backup for Aaron Rodgers.
Brandon Bridge, South Alabama
Projected combine measurements: 6'4", 226
Brandon Bridge possesses as much athleticism as any quarterback in the draft. However, there isn't much more to his game at this point. He needs to apprentice with a team that can teach him how to operate an NFL offense, a big task given where he stands. Still, if developed correctly, Bridge could become a starting quarterback in a few years.