NFC North: Gruden Camp


As I've already indicated on Twitter, I won't fill up your timelines or this blog with news of every undrafted rookie who signs with an NFC North team. Roster limits have been expanded to 90, which means we could be talking about 100 or so players signing contracts over the next day or two.

If an interesting or noteworthy player signs, then by all means I'll get to it. We already have one: The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore, who had a 50-3 starter as a starter and was teammates with Lions receiver Titus Young. But at 6-feet and 197 pounds and an average arm, Moore apparently wasn't deemed draft-worthy by NFL teams.

The Lions are set at starter with Matthew Stafford and at No. 2 with Shaun Hill, but I wouldn't be surprised if Moore makes the final roster as the No. 3 quarterback. The video is a clip of his time at Jon Gruden's QB Camp, one we somehow missed during our pre-draft tour of those sessions.

Asked how he regards the people who don't think he has a chance to play in the NFL, Moore said: "You smile at them, say thank you and remember their name."

Gruden Camp: Nick Foles

April, 24, 2012
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Our look at the 2012 Gruden QB camp continues with Arizona's Nick Foles, ranked as the draft's sixth-best quarterback Insider by ESPN's Todd McShay. Foles is a 6-foot-5, 243-pound specimen who in this video gives us a pretty weak version of the Arizona pregame dance.

Gruden Camp: Case Keenum

April, 21, 2012
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As we continue our glimpse into this year's Gruden QB Camp series, we check in with Houston's Case Keenum. In this clip, Keenum discusses his return from a serious knee injury and his success throwing in wet weather.

Gruden Camp: Brandon Weeden

April, 19, 2012
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We continue our review of Jon Gruden's QB Camp with Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, who spent five years playing minor league baseball and thus enters the draft at age 28. In this clip of his session with Gruden, Weeden sold himself as someone who finds a way to get the job done. Last season, his team won in matchups against Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill.

"I'm a winner, man," Weeden said. "I can win some football games. That's one thing you can't take away from me. I can be 28 and all that other jazz, but I tell you what: I win football games. There's no doubt about it."

Again, we're posting these video clips under the assumption that one if not more of our NFC North teams will seek a developmental quarterback in the draft. Carry on.

Gruden Camp: Ryan Tannehill

April, 18, 2012
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Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill has gotten an awful lot of discussion on the NFC North blog for a player who presumably has no chance to join one of our teams next week. His status as arguably the third-best quarterback in the draft has made the Minnesota Vikings' No. 3 overall pick a possible trade target for any team that wants to secure him.

ESPN analyst Bill Polian has suggested the Miami Dolphins swap picks with the Vikings to ensure they can draft Tannehill, whose college head coach (Mike Sherman) is now the Dolphins' offensive coordinator.

In the clip, Gruden praises Tannehill's understanding of NFL concepts and we get a glimpse of him in his former role as a receiver.

Gruden Camp: Kirk Cousins

April, 16, 2012
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I'm continuing to pass along every clip of Jon Gruden's QB Camp, for those of you who are hoping your team drafts a developmental quarterback, and also knowing some of you will take a special interest in the individuals involved. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins probably falls into both categories.

In the clip, Cousins and Gruden discuss fade passes in the red zone -- both on film and on the practice field -- and discuss Cousins' title as a "natural leader." Sometimes that description is a euphemism for "can't play," but in this case I think it's genuine. Here's what Cousins said about leadership at the professional level:
"A quarterback is a quarterback. You've got to be a leader. You can't step down. If you're a natural leader and you have an idea of the dynamic in that relationship and how to handle it right, I think you'll be able to handle it OK."

The full version of Cousins' visit will debut on ESPNU at 5 p.m. ET.

Gruden Camp: Brock Osweiler

April, 10, 2012
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I didn't post the first two installments of "Gruden's QB Camp" because neither Andrew Luck nor Robert Griffin III figure remotely into the NFC North's plans. But as the series continues, I think it'll be both fun and instructive to view clips from some of the lesser-known quarterbacks in this draft. The Green Bay Packers or even the Detroit Lions could be looking to draft for depth, and regardless, these videos offer unique insight into the way coaches and players view the game. So without further ado, let's watch Jon Gruden and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler discuss how his height works for and against him.

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