It’s usually not too hard to pick out the top players at each position. Even with a weak quarterback class this year, there’s pretty good consensus on who the top 9 or 10 players are at that position and who’s going to be picked in the early rounds. But let’s take a look at some of the potential sleepers in this year’s crop of quarterbacks. Here are some players that will be late-round picks or go undrafted, but who may have a chance to have careers in the NFL:
Matt Scott, Arizona – With the recent string of success by dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL, Scott is going to get a lot more attention this year than he might have received in past years. He’s a good runner that also has a solid arm and good size at 6’3’’, which might allow him to sneak into the middle rounds of the draft. Scott took over for Nick Foles at Arizona and fit right into Rich Rodriguez’s system, and while not too many of Rodriguez’s college quarterbacks have had success in the NFL, Scott has a chance to break that trend. Ironically, there’s a chance he could reunite with Foles in Philadelphia, as Scott is one of the few quarterbacks in the draft that could into the system run by new Eagle’s head coach Chip Kelly.
Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt – If the name sounds familiar, it’s because his brother is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Like Aaron, Jordan Rodgers was a bit of a late bloomer, attending junior college before landing at Vanderbilt. He doesn’t have prototypical size but he has a nice arm and good mobility, which allows him to extend plays and make some things happen from outside the pocket. Rodgers completed 60% of his passes and only threw five interceptions as a senior, which showed considerable progress from his junior season. He may not have the talent or the star potential of his brother, but he has the arm talent to play in the NFL, he’s obviously smart since he went to Vanderbilt, he won’t be intimidated by the NFL after playing two years in the SEC, and he led the Commodores to back-to-back bowl games; all that’s got to count for something.
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech – Cameron put up incredible numbers in college, as he led Louisiana Tech to a rather impressive season in 2012 with over 4,000 yards passing and 31 touchdowns. Those numbers warrant a look from the NFL, and will give Cameron an opportunity to separate himself from the rest of the undersized quarterbacks from non-BCS schools that have lit up college football scoreboards in the past, only to fail in the pros.
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Sean Renfree, Duke – Renfree is the guy that led Duke football to a bowl game, which is quite an accomplishment. By playing at Duke we know that he can excel without a lot of talent around him. We also know that he’s a smart player, and there’s no such thing as too many smart people in your organization, whether they’re coaching quarterbacks, starting at quarterback, or holding a clipboard on the sidelines. No one will be lining up to make Renfree their starting quarterback right now, but he’ll stick around the league for a while and could eventually get a chance to play at some point, a lot like Greg McElroy.
Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh – The one thing we know for sure about Sunseri is that he’s resilient, as he stuck around Pitt even with a multitude of coaching changes during his career. With more stability at his program he may have stood out more, but he has a decent arm and continued to get better throughout his career. As a senior he completed 65% of his passes and only threw three picks. With good size, enough arm strengths, and stats that say he doesn’t turn the ball over Sunseri has a chance in the NFL.
Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah – Few people have heard of Sorensen, and almost nobody has heard of Southern Utah, which makes Sorensen is the definition of a sleeper in this draft. He has the size of an NFL quarterback at 6’5’’, and although he was playing against lower-level competition he had three seasons with over 3,000 yards passing the ball in college. Sorensen is a traditional pocket passer that has a cannon of an arm, and the more teams get a chance to look at him, the more his stock will rise.