The NFL Owners Meetings are happening in Orlando right now and on Tuesday, the AFC head coaches met with the media. New Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine was one of such coaches and, since he is taking over a team in transition (okay, a bad team), he will be looking for a quarterback.
While normally we wouldn't care about what Mike Pettine said, I thought his commentary on the top quarterback prospects was worth noting, especially if somehow one of these guys managed to fall to pick number 20 where the Cardinals will make their selection.
Here is what he said about each:
On Johnny Manziel:
"Gifted playmaker. The play starts when he makes the first guy miss. That's exciting to watch, but to transition to the NFL, he'll have to be able to play in structure, his fifth-step, his foot hits the ground that he can execute a throw. I don't think there's any reason to think that wouldn't happen and I think he's capable of doing it, but when you have that ability to improvise like that, that's what makes him special and maybe separates him from other guys."
On Blake Bortles:
"He has all the measurables. If you look at him, if you said draw me an NFL quarterback, that's probably who you'd draw. I think the thing that's impressive about him is his ability in crunch time in a lot of tight games, a lot of come-from-behind wins, you can see he's confident, can make all the throws, I think he's a better athlete than some people give him credit for."
"I think he's extremely accurate. You can tell he's a very cerebral quarterback. He understands the game very well. Understands coverages, that kind of jumps off the tape at you. To me, he seems very unfazed by things. He plays very well under pressure. He's a guy that's NFL-ready. It doesn't seem to be to big for him. He kind of has that calming presence out there. Some quarterbacks get real emotional, get real fired up and he's not that. He kind of has that quiet confidence about him."
On Derek Carr:
I think he's the best natural thrower as far as arm strength and when you're just looking at the guy, natural thrower, in the draft. Very physically-gifted. And a lot of times it's hard to bet against the family history as well. You're talking about like a Jake Matthews that it's the old 'don't bet against the genetics.' I think he certainly falls into that category as well.
Reading what an NFL head coach has to say, if any of these guys were to fall to the Cardinals, would you want to see the team select him? Who looks like the best fit with Bruce Arians?
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