Scouts like Trojan and Wolverine QBs

Teams should think twice before investing their future in an Oregon Ducks quarterback

Originally Published: March 16, 2009
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

NFL talent evaluators have lost most bias when it comes to evaluating prospective quarterbacks -- and for good reason. There is simply no right path to becoming a successful NFL signal-caller.

For example, you have to go 25 deep on the NFL's list of 2008 passer efficiency leaders to find a pair of quarterbacks from the same school. Former Purdue standouts Drew Brees (Saints) and Kyle Orton (Bears) make up the first tandem at No. 4 and 25, respectively.

Of the other 30 quarterbacks making up the top-32 list in 2008, 25 played their college ball for different FBS programs, while five others made the leap from the FCS ranks.

Greater national exposure and the outbreak of spread-offensive attacks in college football are two of the reasons for the diversity. Still, while there is no true Quarterback U at the moment, there are some school/conference trends to follow when searching for a signal-caller. Here's a look at a few: