This is an above-average class with good upside if the young passers continue to develop.
Several top prospects, including seniors Matt Ryan and Brian Brohm, should be first-round selections. Ryan will likely be taken in the top five selections
Passers like Chad Henne and John David Booty were impressive during Senior Bowl week - which elevated them into the first two rounds.
Delaware's Joe Flacco is an interesting small-college prospect. He made major strides this fall, and impressed scouts with a big arm at the Senior Bowl. He makes this a special group after also impressing at his workout at the NFL Combine.
2008 NFL Draft Quarterback Rankings
1. Matt Ryan, Boston College, 6-5, 225
This strong-armed senior held on to his No. 1 rating with a big week at the NFL Combine. He will throw for NFL personnel at his pro day, and Ryan is doing all the right things to be a very early first-round pick.
2. Brian Brohm, Louisville, 6-4, 230
Brohm has the skill set to become a fine NFL starter. He had a decent workout at the Combine, but he needs to impress at his pro day if he hopes to stay in the first round.
3. Chad Henne, Michigan, 6-2, 233
This talented senior answered questions about his injury-riddled final season with a huge performance at the Senior Bowl. He followed that up with a good week at the Combine in Indianapolis.
4. Joe Flacco, Delaware, 6-6, 235
This strong-armed small college star was impressive throwing the ball all week at the Senior Bowl. His performance there – as well as his solid showing at the Combine – has him moving up in the rankings.
5. Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, 6-5, 220
This big, athletic prospect carried the Wildcats over recent seasons. He has been slipping in the rankings and did not work out at the Combine in Indianapolis. However, Woodson had a strong pro day performance that helped answer key questions.
6. John David Booty, Southern Cal, 6-3, 215
This former USC standout had a strong finish to his 2007 season. Booty followed that up with an impressive week at the Senior Bowl.
7. Erik Ainge, Tennessee, 6-6, 225
This tall, rangy prospect has the size that scouts love. In his four years with the Vols, Ainge showed he has big-play ability. He displayed that again in a Senior Bowl performance that earned him high marks from scouts.
8. Kevin O'Connell, San Diego State, 6-6, 225
This big, athletic prospect has shown promise but has been a bit inconsistent – especially with his accuracy. He has a good arm, but his release, footwork and mechanics need work. He has potential, and is a probable second-day pick.
9. Colt Brennan, Hawaii, 6-2, 200
This record-setter participated in passing drills only at the NFL Combine, but he looked fairly sharp in Indianapolis. His subpar week at the Senior Bowl must be answered with a big performance at his pro day.
10. Alex Brink, Washington State, 6-2, 210
We believe Brink is an underrated prospect by many. He has a live arm with good size and the instincts necessary for the position. He looked sharp in the drills at the NFL Combine.
11. Josh Johnson, San Diego, 6-2, 200
This small-college prospect had a big week at the East-West Shrine Game. Johnson was able to showcase his skills during the week. His Combine workout showed he belongs with the top prospects at the position.
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