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- Quarless impressing in practice, Clark not so much
- NFL Draft Examiner – Josh Lobdell
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Down in the practices for the East-West Shrine Game, which will be played on Saturday, January 23 at 3pm, there are a number of lesser known players being scouted by the NFL. Of those players some of the more well known players are seeing their stock rising while others are watching it fall in front of close to 100 potential employers between scouts and agents.
This provides some unknowns a golden opportunity to pull their name to the front of the pack at any certain position, such as Fordham quarterback John Skelton.
As quarterbacks from the FBS level are not doing anything impressive in practices this week it is Skelton who is being given a chance to showcase himself as perhaps the next Joe Flacco. Flacco participated in the Senior Bowl two seasons ago and set himself apart from a number of big name quarterbacks. The Delaware Blue Hen went from virtual unknown to the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback in the AFC Championship game faster than you can get a pizza delivered. Skelton, if he plays well on Saturday could bring his draft stock up a bit, enough to make any NFL team looking for a quarterback to strongly consider picking him up before it is too late.
The quarterback position looks to be crowded in this year’s NFL Draft. Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow all are potential first round draft picks. Daryll Clark and Mike Kafka could be in the later rounds, along with Max Hall and Todd Reesing. So where does Skelton fit in?
Chad Reuter of CBSSports.com has been on top of the scouting reports all week long and has this to say in his latest scouting report on the Fordham quarterback;
“Fordham’s John Skelton, though struggling with accuracy, was the most physically impressive and threw with velocity the others couldn’t.”
– Chad Reuter, CBSSports.com, January 20, 2010
National Football Post director of college recruiting Wes Bunting goes a step farther with Skelton in today’s scouting notes form practice;
The more I watch Fordham quarterback John Skelton, the more I become a fan of his game. There’s no denying his physical skill — he has the strongest arm down here by far, effortlessly spinning throws outside the numbers with impressive overall zip. However, the game finally looks to be slowing down a bit for him, as he seemed more comfortable during 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills Wednesday and even led an impressive two-minute drill at the end of practice. He’s still a long way away and, like any strong-armed passer, he gets sloppy with his footwork and trusts his arm too much at times. But the fact that he’s made some strides this week makes me think there’s some significant long-term upside to his game.
– Wes Bunting, National Football Post, January 21, 2010
Everything I have been reading about Skelton seems to be favorable of him and that could mean the future is bright for him. It would be a great story of Skelton could have an impressive showing in this weekend’s East-West Shrine Game. A good outing could put him on the map among a good group of quarterbacks. Currently Skelton is not listed on NFL Draft Examiner Josh Lobdell’s top ten quarterbacks in this year’s draft.
Just because he is from the FCS level does not mean he can not perform well in the NFL. The FCS (and previously named 1-AA) have produced a number of talented quarterbacks. The most notable quarterback right now is probably Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (Eastern Illinois). But Flacco in Baltimore proves that FCS quarterbacks can do well in the top professional league.
Will Skelton be the next hidden treasure?
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