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papz 06-24-2005 10:03 AM

Saban had eye on A-Mac and Orton.
Saban said the Dolphins considered taking a quarterback in each round of the draft, especially Kyle Orton and Adrian McPherson.

"We never felt like, relative to the rest of our needs, there was a guy in any particular position that we could take," Saban said. "I liked Adrian McPherson."

The former Florida State quarterback went to the Saints 10 picks before Miami in the fifth round. Purdue's Orton was taken by the Bears two slots after Miami selected Travis Daniels in the fourth round.

FireVenturi 06-26-2005 06:19 PM

I think both A-mac and Orton will be good QB"S one day.

kojakhinton 06-29-2005 01:19 PM

orton is horrible

TallySaint 07-02-2005 01:38 PM

Wasn't familiar with Orton so I took a look around.


Kyle Orton Grade: 3.5
Position: QB
Class: Sr
School: Purdue
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6-4, 233
40 Time: 5.09
Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round 4, pick 5 (106 overall)

BIO: Moved into the starting lineup as a true freshman. Posted career numbers 60.7 percent/3,090/31/5 as a senior, also adding 112 yards on the ground with three more scores.

POSITIVES: Heady, intelligent passer with solid intangibles. Patient in the pocket, buys time and waits for receivers to come free. Sees the field, reads the blitz and immediately gets the ball to the hot receiver. Possesses a nice sense of timing, leads receivers in the short field and zips the intermediate passes. Outstanding with the ball fakes, does not release the ball until he has an open receiver and always working to make something positive happen. Takes the safe underneath route if nothing's available rather than forcing the throw.

NEGATIVES: Possesses an elongated/wind-up motion, which slows his release. Cannot drive the deep throw as receivers are constantly slowing down to make the reception. Forces passes downfield on occasion and must improve his long accuracy. Does not always see the field outside of the pocket. Benefits from taking most of his snaps out of the shotgun. Fizzled at the end of his senior campaign and was benched.

ANALYSIS: A signal caller who will draw much debate and opinion, Orton has abilities to play in a short passing game. His timing and ability to throw the intermediate pass with accuracy are his best assets, yet he may be a quarterback who struggles in the vertical game. Will need time to learn a pro-passing offense rather than the spread formation he's accustomed to. A solid prospect who should be chosen during late in the draft's first day.


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