View Full Version : Alabama QB shined at Senior Bowl

Hammock Parties
04-29-2006, 09:30 PM
There was little doubt the Kansas City Chiefs would select a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. When talks broke down between the Chiefs and Lions on the availability of Joey Harrington and the San Diego Chargers took Charlie Whitehurst four picks in front of Kansas City, the Chiefs had to get the best arm on the board. They succeeded when they drafted Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle.

Now the Chiefs have a logjam at quarterback. With Trent Green in place as the 2006 starter, the Chiefs future quarterback will be CFL import Casey Printers or Croyle. Damon Huard and James Kilian further cloud the picture.

The Chiefs made a wise choice in drafting the Crimson Tide quarterback. In January at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, Croyle was the most impressive quarterback among a group that also included Jay Cutler and Charlie Whitehurst.

He has touch, accuracy and understands how to move in the pocket. In 2005, he completed 202 of 339 passes and threw 14 touchdowns. Remarkably, he threw for 2,499 yards despite the fact his top wide receiver Tyrone Prothro broke two bones in his leg in a game against Florida and missed part of the season.

Even with Croyle and Printers on the roster, the Chiefs will go into the 2006 NFL season with veteran Damon Huard as the top back-up. Head coach Herman Edwards made it clear that the veteran quarterback will have some competition, but it’s unlikely he’ll be supplanted by one of the young guns.

Printers, who has been working out with the Chiefs the last two months, has a leg up on Croyle. They’ll compete against each other in the team’s rookie camp.

Croyle is unfazed by the competition ahead. When asked about the Chiefs back-up quarterbacks, Croyle offered an honest answer.

“I really don’t know anything about them,” he said. “All you hear about is Trent Green.”

Scouting Report:

Croyle, a three-year starter at Alabama, completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He threw just four interceptions. He played in three games as a junior before tearing a ligament in his right knee. Croyle moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and passed for 2,303 yards.

Croyle is a solid intermediate passer with a terrific sense of timing. He stands strong in the pocket, buys time for receivers and displays excellent awareness. He displays good speed on short and intermediate passes. Croyle will look off covered receivers, does not make poor decisions and is always in control of the offense.

He has a long throwing motion which slows his release. He cannot drive passes down field and is rarely on the mark with long throws. His durability is an issue.

Croyle is a quarterback with outstanding intangibles and a player who led Alabama to several game-winning drives last season. Croyle lacks top upside but could be a very effective backup quarterback at the next level.

04-29-2006, 09:32 PM
He's still riding the pine. Why do we always draft for depth?

04-29-2006, 09:38 PM
He's still riding the pine. Why do we always draft for depth?

If you're drafting a QB to start right away then you are in big trouble. There is nothing wrong with adding a QB for "depth".

I'm just not sure why Huard is being given the job without winning it on his own. It's not like he has the offense down and has performed in it for some time. :shake:

04-29-2006, 09:48 PM
Is Joe Germaine still available?

04-29-2006, 09:52 PM
Is Joe Germaine still available?
Martz was a MORON for letting that guy go!

04-29-2006, 09:55 PM
Martz was a MORON for letting that guy go!

Yeah we really stuck it to him for stealing Germain for a 6th rounder....

04-29-2006, 09:59 PM
Yeah we really stuck it to him for stealing Germain for a 6th rounder....
why gamble on picking in the 6th when you have a sure thing like Joe?

Ultra Peanut
04-29-2006, 10:18 PM
Hali also had a great Senior Bowl.

04-30-2006, 02:59 AM
They both suck, this draft is a wash.

Dave Lane
04-30-2006, 09:27 AM
He's still riding the pine. Why do we always draft for depth?

Actually this is the only pick I like. This guy reminds me of a young Trent Green.


04-30-2006, 09:42 AM
As it is my misfortune to reside in the heart of SEC territory, my pence pair on Brodie Croyle is that he is an excellent pick for the KCC.

This kid can play at the NFL level. No question. He is football smart, tough, with good footwork and a very nice arm. Whether or not the Chiefs' staff can develop him properly, is another question. But I like him a heck of a lot and believe he has tremendous potential.

BTW, Trent's doing an excellent job on ESPN.