zgotts Posted April 17, 2008 Share Posted April 17, 2008 I just read Mel Kiper's 1998 report on Leaf heading into the 98 draft. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/colu..._mel&id=3327728Leaf was a tough kid, big frame, and while he couldn't blaze past defenders, he was threat on the run. Those were his major assets. He also had probably the strongest arm in the draft. Have only been the starter for two years prior to being drafted, there were some questions with his decision making, and they felt he would force it sometimes. However, "Arm strength was never a problem". Also of note, teammates said he was extremely confident, and there wasn't a tougher, more confident QB out there.Flacco is also a huge QB, said to be tough, and also has been said to be confident and feel as though he fits right in with the "big boys". he also has been the starter for 2 years and has questionable decision-making, but has the best arm strength in the draft. He also is a threat to run. Personally, I do like the potential for Flacco to be a solid starter, and I highly doubt he has nearly as many emotional issues as Leaf did/does, but I still don't really want him. he still needs to adjust to taking snaps. And no, actually taking snaps is NOT a hard thing to learn, but after the snap you need to have proper footwork to drop back, and that DOES take time to learn. In addition, all Flacco really seems to be is a gunslinger, and thats not what we need. He'll be throwing the ball up when he can't find anyone, and that may have cut it in D-II college ball, but in the NFL that means INTs. what we need is a field general, some one who can come in and manage a game, and just make the short and important throws when we need them. It's obvious we aren't going for the "greatest show on turf" look, so we don't need a gunslinger.At this point, I'm thinking Henne is the safest bet of QB's in this draft., Followed by Brohm. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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