The Sporting News' Draft Dish: Best undersized Quarterback Prospects.

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    Draft Dish: TCU's Dalton, Virginia Tech's Taylor worth late-round picks
    PUBLISHED Wednesday, Oct 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm EDT
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    Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts analyze the best undersized quarterbacks (under 6-2) for the 2011 NFL draft:

    1. Andy Dalton, TCU. Dalton (6-1 7/8, 215) is an athletic, well-built QB who has consistently made big plays with his arm and legs in TCU's wide-open offense. He has a strong arm and has shown the ability to get rid of the ball quickly and throw well on the move. His footwork is raw, and it often leads to wildly inconsistent accuracy. He has a bad habit of focusing on his primary receiver, which allows defenders to make plays on the ball too often. Dalton is a raw but talented QB prospect who is worth a late-round pick because of his physical talent. But he is a long way from being more than a third QB in the NFL. Projection: Sixth or seventh round

    2. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech. Taylor (6-0 7/8, 217) is an elite athlete with a very strong arm, but he is not a polished pocket passer. He has a big-time arm and can make all the NFL throws with ease, but he lacks accuracy because of bad footwork and technique. He has the elite ability to avoid sacks and create something out of nothing. He has improved a lot as a passer during his college career, but he needs to improve his footwork and tighten his release if he is ever going to be a quality NFL passer. Taylor is not ready to contribute as an NFL passer yet, but his elite athletic tools make him a good developmental prospect. Projection: Sixth or seventh round

    3. Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota. Weber (6-1¼, 221) is a good overall athlete, with quick feet, mobility and a smooth, easy delivery, but he tends to throw without stepping toward his target. He has above-average arm strength and velocity to make underneath throws, but he struggles with accuracy. He shows good toughness as a scrambler and is very durable, but he has narrow field vision, doesn't always recognize defenses and has minimal poise under pressure. He lacks the improvisational skills to make something happen when the play breaks down. He has enough size, arm strength and ability to serve as a No. 3 QB in the right situation. Projection: Seventh round

    4. Case Keenum, QB, Houston. Keenum (6-0½, 210), who is recovering from a torn ACL and could apply for an extra year of eligibility, has been one of the most prolific college passers in recent seasons. He is a smart player who reads defenses well before the snap and can get the ball to receivers quickly. He has a quick, compact release and is an accurate passer on short passes, but his lack of arm strength will hinder his ability to make intermediate and deep throws in the NFL. Keenum has many of the intangibles to become a quality backup. But if he doesn't improve his arm strength, he will struggle to have a long NFL career. Projection: Seventh round/free agent

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