Breaking down the 2012 QB class

Arm strength is important, but so are many other traits

Originally Published: April 23, 2012
By Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl | Scouts Inc.

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

Here's how we rank all draftable 2012 quarterback prospects in a variety of position-specific skill sets (non-seniors noted with an asterisk), followed by a look at all draftable prospects, recent measurement and timing averages for quarterbacks invited to the combine, market trends at the position and Round 1 and 2 picks from 2011.

[+] EnlargeAndrew Luck
Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty ImagesAndrew Luck is the best quarterback prospect in at least a decade.

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. Can identify coverages while dropping from under center. Consistently looks off the safety and/or avoids telegraphing his throws. Understands the importance of ball security. Displays outstanding mental toughness and is poised under pressure. Tireless worker on and off the field.

Top three in class
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. Kellen Moore, Boise State
T3. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
T3. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

Accuracy

Sees passing windows develop quicker than most. Has excellent anticipation and can throw on target to a spot before receivers break. Hits receivers in stride. Shows touch and changes velocities skillfully.