- Feb 19, 2002
Not to be a contrarian but yes and no IMO. You obviously don't want to pick Gino Torretta but at QB the ones who succeed are almost always players who found a lot of success early in college--and that's generally (although it didn't for Patrick Mahomes so much) going to equate to wins. My concern with Levis and Richardson is that despite having a lot of parts of NFL skillsets but they didn't get on the field early and they didn't have a ton of production when they were on the field. Basically if you have the physical and mental skillset of a successful NFL QB it's going to manifest itself in college.My #1 Draft take is "he's a winner" is the worst way to evaluate college QBs.
The most successful college QBs in terms of wins are almost always guys who don't have NFL skillsets.
In this respect QB is, I think, different from a lot of other positions--it's easy to find examples at almost every position of physically gifted players who didn't play much in college and were day one starters in the NFL. (Antonio Cromartie comes to mind, Danille Hunter had 1.5 sacks his last year in college, Clay Matthew didn't do much in college -- although his physical improvement attributed to nutrition and taking lifting seriously as a senior and in the NFl was something amazing)