Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Gruden goes head-to-head with QBs
By Bill Williamson
The AFC West may be adding a rookie quarterback or two in the April 28-30 draft.
In case it happens, we’ll get an opportunity to preview some of the prospects on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Jon Gruden’s QB Camp will return this year. It will air April 21 at 7 p.m. ET.
Gruden will break down the games of Auburn’s Cam Newton, Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, Washington’s Jake Locker, Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and TCU’s Andy Dalton. Last year’s version was very entertaining as Gruden didn’t hold back punches with the quarterback prospects. Viewers got a good sense of each quarterback’s game.
Gruden is doing what at least half of the AFC West teams have been doing this spring. Denver has worked out or met with all of the above mentioned quarterbacks, plus others. Kansas City has talked to Dalton and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick. There haven’t been any reports that Oakland has met with any quarterback prospects, but it wouldn’t be a shock if the Raiders drafted a quarterback.
Neither Mel Kiper nor Todd McShay had a quarterback going to AFC West teams in their three-round mock drafts, which were released an Insider pieces Wednesday. McShay expects quarterbacks to go faster than Kiper does. McShay has seven quarterbacks – the above mentioned six and Florida State’s Christian Ponder -- going in the first 41 picks. Kiper has those seven quarterbacks going in the first 75 picks.