Ted Sundquist (former Denver Broncos GM) looks at NFL Super Bowl XLVI QB’s Tom Brady & Eli Manning and ponders some of their negatives when they entered the NFL Draft.
Hey football fans, Ted Sundquist here. Former General Manager of the Denver Broncos and current football analyst for NBC Sports Group’s the Mountain Network.
We all know that Super Bowl QB’s Tom Brady and Eli Manning have already written their places in NFL history, regardless of the outcome of Super Bowl 46.
Brady has three previous Championship wins to his credit, Manning notched his first in an upset of the then undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl 42.
Both players have the skill set that NFL scouts use to evaluate current college prospects in hopes of finding, well the NEXT Tom Brady or Eli Manning.
But what about their weaknesses? What were the things that scouts were concerned about when both entered the NFL draft?
So much of scouting has become avoiding risk and even these players showed signs of a ‘fear factor’ for NFL General Managers and Personnel men.
Brady – the 7th overall QB taken in 2000, 199th pick behind the likes of Giovanni Carmazzi and Spergon Wynn was 6043 211 lbs at the Combine. His 5.28, 5.31, 5.29, 5.32 40ís time did nothing to dispel the concerns of his lack of athletic ability.
One current NFL head coach said the following ;
“A well coached QB that plays the game mechanically sound. Makes the throws and plays that are there for him to make, but you don’t see any great athletic ability, no movement and no ad lib in him at all. A solid player but will he always be a backup?”
NFL.com projected him in the 4th round, The Sporting News as well.
Manning – Originally drafted by San Diego and forever etched in our minds with the horrified face of ‘I can’t believe this is happening!”, only to be traded to the NY Giants was 6046 221 lbs. He chose not to participate in the Combine nor any all-star games leading up to the draft.
Another current NFL assistant coach had the following to say;
“Could be a better overall athlete, lacks good foot speed and at times forces balls into tight windows, occasionally throws low balls, still developing as a vocal leader.”
Manning had already been anointed the first pick in the draft and held so much leverage to be able to force the trade between the Chargers and Giants.
Had Brady gone pick number 198 to the RAMS, where would New England be on Super Bowl Sunday other than competing in Brady’s fifth Title game?
Had Manning been forced to stay in San Diego, would the GIANTS have made 4 consecutive playoff appearances, culminating in their improbable 2008 win & now gunning for their 2nd title in 5 years?
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