SELECTED BY MIAMI , ROUND 1, PICK 19, OVERALL PICK 19
QB | (6-3, 234, 4.59) | California
By Pro Football WeeklyNotes: Father was a nationally ranked high jumper. Went from being an unknown backup to the top high school QB prospect on the West Coast, as he completed 290-of-454 passes for 4,838 yards with 59 touchdowns and three interceptions in his senior year in high school. Started eight games as a true freshman at California before suffering a separated shoulder vs. Oregon. Started every game in 2000 and eight games in '01, when he missed two games with a back injury. Had poor stats on a poor team for his first three years, never completing 50 percent of his passes. Was just 100-259-1,303-9-15 (38.6 percent) in 1999; 163-349-2,121-15-13 (46.7 percent) in 2000; and 133-271-1,741-12-10 (49.1 percent) in '01. Played for different offensive coordinators at Cal, but in '02 got to play for a new head coach, Jeff Tedford, who worked wonders with the quarterbacks he coached at Oregon and worked more wonders with Boller. Tedford turned Boller into one of the best quarterbacks in the country by completely overhauling his mechanics -- making them much more compact -- and by rebuilding Boller's confidence and putting him in a truly QB-friendly offense that generally required him to read only half the field. The result was Boller completed 225-421-2,815-28-10 (53.4 percent) and Cal had a winning season. Made general managers take notice at the Senior Bowl, when he displayed improved accuracy and fine footwork. A 40 time in the 4.6-range at the Combine solidified his status as a first-round pick.Positives: Good size, speed and outstanding athletic ability for the position. Has a quick setup, a very strong arm and large hands. Can drill the outs and air the ball out. Took to the new offense very well and went from being a thrower with poor mechanics to a pitcher with solid mechanics. Is a good leader and a tough guy. Took a terrible beating his first three years and never quit. Very accurate from hash to sideline. Works hard and shows he will pay the price. Athletic but doesn't force issue with athleticism. Also has a 35½-inch vertical leap, and ran a 3.99 shuttle and 7.19 three-cone.Negatives: Lacks great accuracy throwing down the field. May never be a high-percentage passer. Was asked to read only half the field in the offense. Played in a very QB-friendly offense that at times masked some of his shortcomings.Summary: May have improved as much as any quarterback in the country and went from a free agent to a first-round pick in the past year. As long as he shows adequate accuracy at his pro day, Boller will be one of the first quarterbacks taken.* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.