A. JaMarcus Russell
B. John Elway
C. Peyton Manning
D. Dan Marino
E. Ryan Leaf
F. Michael Vick
G. Tom Brady
H. Drew Brees
I. Brian Griese
1. "________ has got all the tools and as good an arm as anybody. But he's too up and down, and the inconsistency of the team was reflected in him."
--An unnamed NFC general manager to The New York Times
2. "I was shockingly impressed with ________. He is very poised and makes good decisions. He may not have a great arm, but he has smooth mechanics and throws easily catchable passes. He is not the type of guy who is gonna get scared and force passes across the middle."
--Former NFL scout Russ Lande to a newspaper, the identity of which would give away the quarterback's identity.
3. "I can't remember being in such awe of a quarterback in my decade of attending combines and pro days."
--ESPN's Todd McShay
4. "______ is just different. He has the touch, the feel, the accuracy, all the intangibles you look for in a quarterback. Maybe it's because his father is a coach. [He] just seems to understand football more than any quarterback I've ever seen in college."
--Unnamed scout to The New York Times
5. "______ is the product of the system. Is he better than Cade McNown? Yeah, but I'm not sold on him."
--An unnamed scout to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
6. "Remember this: late third-round pick 1979, Joe Montana; late third-round pick [late-90s year], _______.
--SI.com's own Peter King
7. Ominous note on ________: This gentleman completed just 177 passes at the collegiate level, versus 1,003 completions for Drew Brees. Because [he] threw so little, he didn't have the chance to expose his weaknesses, which somehow makes him more desirable. If the first pick, [he] is expected to command a $15 million bonus. That's $84,746 per college completion!
--Gregg Easterbrook in Slate
8. "________ is going to immediately energize that fanbase, that football team -- on the practice field, in that locker room. Three years from now you could be looking at a guy that's certainly one of the elite top five quarterbacks in this league. ...You're talking about a 2-3 year period once he's under center. Look out because the skill level that he has is certainly John Elway-like."
--ESPN's Mel Kiper
9. "The knock on _______ is his body build. He's too skinny."
--The late Joel Buchsbaum (one of the original draft analysts) to The Detroit News
10. (Two-parter) Give me the linebacker-sized ____________, who at 6-5, 238 pounds is more rugged, less susceptible to injury than the 6-5, 222-pound ________. [Quarterback A] is a better athlete, stronger of arm and more fiery than [quarterback B]. To those who point out that he's also rawer, I say: So what? No quarterback does squat until he's been in the league at least three years. And to scouts cautioning that [quarterback A] is a "free spirit," spare me. You had the same line on Brett Favre.
--SI's own Austin Murphy