Draft breakdown: Day 3
Here's today's installment: Rick Stroud's look at the quarterbacks. It's certainly a position where there are some intriguing possibilities, many of which you would expect the Bucs will at least consider.
1, Matt Ryan, 6-5, 224, Boston College: Premier quarterback in the 2008 draft class who will win games at the next level. Falcons, Chiefs and Ravens are likely destinations.
2, Brian Brohm, 6-3, 227, Louisville: Would've been a lock first-round pick had he come out as a junior. Good for team with West Coast offense but limited arm strength.
3, Chad Henne, 6-2, 225, Michigan: Very experienced leader of the Wolverines improved his value at Senior Bowl. Can throw the deep ball and will likely be an NFL starter in a few years.
4, Joe Flacco, 6-7, 236, Delaware: Strongest arm in the draft class. Transferred from Pitt and dominated Division I-AA level. Late first-, early second-round projection, maybe to Dolphins.
5, John David Booty, 6-3, 213, USC: Played in pressure games at USC and has calm demeanor that allows him to shake off mistakes. West Coast offense a fit.
6, Andre Woodson, 6-5, 224, Kentucky: Extremely productive college QB saw his stock drop at Senior Bowl because of a hitch in his delivery. With coaching, he could be a solid backup.
7, Erik Ainge, 6-6, 225, Tennessee: Slow release and tendency to take sacks will be factors. Could develop into a long-term backup.
8, Josh Johnson,6-3, 198, San Diego: Threw 43 touchdowns with one interception. Rushed for 720 yards and was MVP of the East-West Shrine game.
9, Dennis Dixon, 6-4, 205, Oregon: Great athlete who is coming off ACL surgery, which might prevent him from being drafted. Could play WR or KR and fill third QB spot.
10, Colt Brennan, 6-3, 205, Hawaii: Huge numbers for the Warriors in run-and-shoot. Lacks arm strength and saw stock plummet after Senior Bowl. Had hip injury that required surgery but added 12 pounds since Mobile.