This article is a good read. It talks about top rated QB's not participating in the throwing drills at the combine. Recently, Smith, Nassib, and Barkley have all stated that they will be participating this year in the combine. Why is this relevant to the conversation? Because over the last 8 years, only 1 QB (Newton) who had a chance to go in the top 5 overall, participated in the throwing drills. The article states that the reason for this is because nothing good can from participating in the combine drill for a QB who is projected to go in the top 5 or perhaps #1 overall and if they're already slotted to go high in the draft, why give the teams a chance to break you down, tear you apart, and damage your draft position? The only reason for a QB to participate in the throwing drills is to improve his draft stock... but it's a pretty big gamble on their part. Evaluations could go either way.
In 2005, Aaron Rogers and Alex Smith sat out. In '06, it was Russell and Quinn. '07 saw Young and Leinart sit out. In '08 Matt Ryan decided against participating. In '09, Stafford sat out. Bradford sat out in '10. Newton was the lone, brave soul who decided to participate in 2011 and his throwing motion was ripped to shreds during the 3 month gap between the combine and the draft. Luckily, Carolina desperately needed a QB and he was already the #1 player on 6 teams' boards before the combine and heading into the draft. Last year we saw RGIII and Luck both sit out during the throwing portion of the draft. This should put the 2013 QB draft class in perspective for you. When you say ANY one of these QBs is worth a top 5 pick, you might want to see what the players and their management team actually think about their own draft prospects. If they believed themselves that they were already worth a top 5 selection, they wouldn't risk that draft position by participating in the throwing drills. Not ONE of these QB's are in a position to protect their draft position and must earn their spot in the draft by participating in this drill.
To me, the fact that all these guys will probably be participating this year speaks VOLUMES.
Why he decided to throw at the combine:
“Honestly just a matter of me going out and competing, being able to show scouts and coaches what I can do. Obviously it’s in shorts and just a little bit of who I am as a player, but still good to allow them to see me throw in live action against other quarterbacks, and they will be able to kind of compare me based on them and vice versa. It’s good to be out there and compete and showcase my talents.”
I am a little late to the conversation, but I will put in my 2 cents.
Generally, I wouldnt be too upset with the outcome of this mock offseason. Im not sure if we would be able to afford Bowe and what G. Jennings probably wants. The other FA pickups would provide good competition and would probably see the field. I like the resign/release list. Im ok with Dorsey going because I think he is wasted in our system and would get a nice payday. Im on the fence about B. Albert. I think we would be able to restructure T. Jax's contract, and if so, I would like to keep him, but if he gets greedy, Im willing to show him the door.
Basically getting Foles and another 3rd rounder for our 2nd round pick would "fix" the QB situation in my opinion, and really free up our options for the #1 pick. If Reid likes him that much, then In Reid I Trust. He knows him better than any other coach in the league. With the way the Philly is posturing, I think they want to trade Foles, but want at least our 2nd, if not swapping firsts. Either one I would be ok with, but I would hope we got more than just swapping our firsts. If I were a Philly fan, I would be very happy with a combination of Vick/G. Smith/Dennis Dixon at QB.
Anyways, I dont have a problem with letting Albert walk IF we got Foles. I personally am not blown away by any of the QBs this year. If we fixed the QB problem, where else is there a BIG need? DL? I personally dont like picking a 3-4 DE in the top 10. Maybe in the middle of the round. CB? The top CB is barely considered a top 10 talent. LB? In this league, the 2nd ILB is only on the field on 1st/2nd down anyway, so why spend a top 10 pick on him. FS? OG? RB? WR? There arent any expected to break the top 10 or 15 even in some cases. OLB? We already have 2 really good ones.
Getting Foles would open up a lot of opportunities, the best of which would be to trade down.
Back to Albert, I think he is good, but I am concerned about his back. I would want to tag him so that if his back is healthy, he would get a new contract midway through the season, but only if we have enough cap space (I have read conflicting arguments that we have a lot of cap space and that we have very little, both from equally reputable sources). Worst case scenario, Stephenson has done pretty decently in a backup role.
We need to keep albert,bowe amd restructure jackson and draft DT star and trade for foles. And if some how we can get piercy harvin as well then i would say this offseason was perty damn good.