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|GRAPHIC: From Anderson to Young, ESPN.com charts the progress of 11 young starting QBs.|
Strong Buy: Analysts have a hard time seeing him failing. Reserved for those who possess the physical tools and intangibles to join the very elite.
Buy: Should enjoy a long, productive career with Pro Bowls in his future. Minor limitations separate them from the highest rating.
Hold: Has the potential to take the next step, but it's unclear how high his stock might rise.
Underperform: The jury has returned its verdict, and the news isn't very good.
Sell: Trade him now.
Bullish: Exceptionally strong arm, good mobility and accuracy, calm under pressure. Showed toughness in returning quickly from painful leg injury.
Bearish: Like many hard throwers, trusts his arm strength too much at times.
|*minimum 100 attempts|
|Dallas QB Tony Romo, left, may not have the physical ability of Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, center, and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer, but his confidence makes him especially dangerous.|
Bullish: Accurate, mobile, able to strike downfield after leaving the pocket. Off-the-charts confidence and a strong supporting cast help him approach elite status.
Bearish: Lacks the raw physical attributes of other quarterbacks on this list, notably pure arm strength.
Bullish: Size, arm strength and mobility make Roethlisberger extra dangerous when he leaves the pocket. Seems to be taking his craft more seriously following a career-threatening motorcycle accident.
Bearish: Struggles to read defenses at times. Takes too many sacks.
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Bullish: Accuracy, smarts and arm strength separate him from most others.
Bearish: Palmer wasn't particularly mobile before suffering a serious knee injury. He's no threat to run. Chronic organizational turmoil is a potential limiting factor.
Bullish: Possesses accuracy, arm strength and a strong feel for the position. Has the ability to scramble if needed, but has the mindset of a pocket passer.
Bearish: Lacks the weapons to maximize his potential.
Bullish: Possesses a better feel for the pocket than most. Accurate, level-headed and mature.
Bearish: He's had trouble staying healthy despite limited starts. Schaub might be more of a "system" passer than other QBs in this story.
|*Missed 2 games with injury|
Bullish: Seems to play his best under pressure. Good accuracy. Knows when to find his playmakers.
Bearish: Has thrown into coverage too frequently. Others have stronger arms.
Bullish: Possesses rare playmaking ability. Has shown an ability to win in the clutch.
Bearish: Poor mechanics could affect his development as a pocket passer. Hasn't protected the ball well enough. Could use better receivers.
Bullish: Appears to have a strong command of the huddle. Good physical skills.
Bearish: Still learning the offense.
Bullish: Uncommon height helps him see the field well. Benefits from very good pass protection and solid options at the skill positions.
Bearish: Not particularly mobile.
Bullish: Strong arm, good size.
Bearish: Not particularly accurate. Not a natural leader.
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|Credit: Elias Sports Bureau|