Others: Jason Gesser (Washington State), Juston Wood (Portland State), Josh Blankenship (Eastern Washington), Casey Printers (Florida A&M), Nate Hybl (Oklahoma), Bret Engemann (Brigham Young), Grant Noel (Virginia Tech), Tom Arth (John Carroll), Ryan McCann (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Marquel Blackwell (South Florida).
Rising: There are teams who feel that Brian St. Pierre isn't very tough and that the Boston College quarterback disappears in big games. St. Pierre does not have a particularly strong arm but has looked good in recent workouts and, combined with his leadership skills, figures to be a middle-round pick now. Seneca Wallace of Iowa State ticked off a lot of scouts at the combine by declining to audition at other positions, like wide receiver, but seems to be less intransigent now. He is another middle-round candidate now that he has rehabilitated himself in the eyes of some teams.
Declining: It will be interesting to hear all those general managers, the ones who insist that the only statistic that counts for a quarterback is wins and losses, explain to Ken Dorsey of Miami why his stock has plummeted. His 38-2 record as a starter, and national championship ring, haven't helped him very much in draft projections. Dorsey is going to have to wait well into the second day to hear his named called. Iowa's Brad Banks had a big season in 2002, garnering several honors, including the Davy O'Brien Award as the country's top quarterback. He'd pawn the award for a spot on the first day, but it isn't going to happen.
Intriguing: Few players have regressed as much in the past two years as Jason Thomas of Nevada-Las Vegas, a guy who not all that long ago was being mentioned as a potential first-rounder. But Thomas got out of shape, and his press clippings went to his head, and he was miserable in both '01 and '02. He might never make it back to being even a solid quarterback but it's hard to ignore his size (6-feet-3 ½ and 240 pounds) and arm strength. Some teams have worked him out as a wide receiver prospect and he may get into someone's camp on his potential versatility. Someone needs to break down his mechanics, start from scratch, and build him back up. Zach Threadgill of Nevada is mostly a dink-and-dunk passer but he has touch and knowledge of the passing game.
Sleepers: Rob Adamson of tiny Mount Union has excellent size and he led the Division III school to consecutive national championships, winning all 25 starts in the past two years. Adamson wasn't invited to the combine, but attended on his own just to meet some team officials, and definitely made a good impression. He's got a very good arm and, if he isn't drafted, look for him to be a so-called "priority" free agent. Dee Bryant of Iowa Wesleyan has some stature, a quick release, and poise under pressure. He's very raw, as anticipated, but should be in some team's training camp.
Notable: Tom Arth of John Carroll played wide receiver in high school because the quarterback was Dave Ragone, who went on to be the starter at Louisville.
Wisconsin's Brooks Bollinger was a 50th-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000.
Dee Bryant of Iowa Wesleyan began his career at Duke and spent some time playing on the basketball team there.
Position trend: Given that teams are consistently looking for quarterbacks who can manage a game, who are complementary and satisfied to just be one of 11 players on offense, the second day of the draft has produced most of the quarterbacks in the past few drafts. Look for teams to once again take a lot of quarterbacks in the sixth and seventh rounds.