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hagan714 04-24-2007 12:36 PM

QB - Jeff Rowe Day 2
After going thru all the QBs I have to say this kid seems to be a good fit late in the draft. One year as a number 3 then he should be able to step into the 2 in 2008. Now real threat for at least a three of years to push for a shoot.

7. Jeff Rowe - 6049, 226 4.91, Nevada
A slightly-overlooked QB who has been somewhat hidden in the WAC over the years, but is on everybody's radar screens now, and for good reason. Was the MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, and boosted his stock there, with a solid week of practice, by at least a round. Mature RS senior who has seen plenty of playing time in his college career dating all the way back to the 2002 season when he played in 6 games. Has steadily improved and no longer makes the bonehead decisions he made when younger. Tall: a legitimate 6'5". Moves well in the pocket. Nice compact delivery for a tall guy. Nice timing and touch, but can also fire it. Very accurate and excels in the short to intermediate passing game. Checks down well. His TD/Int ratio, passing percentage, total yardage have all gotten better each year in the program. Runs well for a big guy and has found the endzone a lot while running it. Adapts well to new offenses. A leader. Pretty tough. Plays hurt. Smart with great leadership abilities.

The Nevada offense put him in the short shotgun all year and he has not been under center much lately. Did not work under center a lot and will have to adjust to a pro style offense. Arm strength is just average and will struggle going deep and isn't a vertical passer. Is not overly athletic. Is a better pure runner than Bledsoe, but has some of that kind of lack of pocket presence. Exposes himself too often, and gets hit a lot. He is a big target for pass rushers and still makes bad decisions once in awhile. He'll hold onto the ball too long and make some poor decisions. Frail frame, but with room to get stronger. Intangibles are not really there. A little goofy.

An exciting project QB who should do well holding clipboards in the right situation for a couple years before being tried as a starter. Would appear to be an ideal fit in the West Coast offense.

papz 04-24-2007 12:40 PM

I watched Nevada and their pistol offense quite a bit over the years... so I've seen quite a few Jeff Rowe games. I think he could be a good guy to develop but his problem in college was his accuracy throwing down field and lack of consistency from the games I watched. When a big throw was needed, it was a struggle. With that said, he put up some monster games also and I do like him. I wouldn't mind to see us take him late in the draft.

BRSaintsFan 04-24-2007 01:30 PM

I think that Rowe would be well worth the late round pick and at worst would develop into a reliable backup. Also, alot of the knocks on him are similar to that of what people were saying about Brees when he came out. "System QB who didnt play in a pro style offense. Played mostly in the shotgun. Arm strength is only adequate. Struggles with the deep ball."

I think also guys like Palmer, Palko, and Zabransky would be good pickups late if they are still around.

papz 04-24-2007 02:41 PM

I'm a big Zabransky guy... he has a lot of Brees in him.

ssmitty 04-24-2007 06:23 PM

you know, i've been looking at the qb's................
let's post some numbers that may surprise, shant we? (my english axe-cent)
if the only statistic that matters is winning, chris leak is the man.....
now, i am talking from high school to college but lets do a further comparison.
if you compare wins, loses with the top qbs , leak is the man.....he is 35-wins to 47 starts....2nd is zabransky at 33-38 with brady at 29-46 and jamarcus at 25-29..........
in high school he threw a national record 185 tds and ranks 2nd all time with 15,000 plus yds passing..... he ranks 1st as the all time leading high school passer in north carolina history.....two other qbs own that title in their collective states in this draft........they are, jamarcus with 10,744, and drew tate with 12,000 plus yds...... now, i am not taking away and building up because surely if you followed quinn, he is a hellava qb......
the only knock, real knock against leak is his size, a 1/2 inch shorter than 6 ft, that's about our qbs size, isn't it? so, for a late round pick, who knows? smitty

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