First look at 2012 QB class

Originally Published: August 24, 2011
Scouts Inc.

When evaluating quarterbacks, it is important to consider all aspects of their games -- mental makeup, accuracy, release/arm strength and pocket mobility.

Now that Scouts Inc.'s initial 2012 draft board is ready, here's how we rank the top quarterbacks in each of the above skill sets (draft-eligible underclassmen denoted with an asterisk), followed by a look at all draftable 2012 prospects, market trends at the position and 2011's Day 1 quarterback picks.

[+] EnlargeAndrew Luck
Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesAndrew Luck has elite mental makeup to match his considerable physical skills.

Mental Makeup
Makes decisions that put his team in the best position to succeed. Makes intelligent pre-snap reads, including blitz pickup, coverage recognition and possible audibles. Also can identify coverages while dropping from center. Consistently looks off the safety and/or avoids telegraphing his throws. Understands the importance of ball security. Displays outstanding mental toughness. Is poised under pressure. Tireless worker on and off the field.


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