Sunday, January 25, 2009

Graham Harrell ought to be available in fourth round or later

After the Senior Bowl, it doesn't look like Graham Harrell will be off the board before the point of the draft when the Cowboys want to pick a quarterback.
Based on the reports I read, Harrell had an OK week of practices in Mobile. His performance in Saturday night's game can be summed up with one word: horrible.
Harrell didn't look comfortable with his drops. His passes lacked zip, especially on throws outside the numbers. He severely underthrew a deep ball to an open receiver, resulting in an interception. In other words, the kid who set records at Ennis High and Texas Tech probably confirmed to a lot of scouts that he is the dreaded "system quarterback."
Well, as Tony Romo recently taught us, it's all about finding the silver lining after a quarterback stinks it up. In this case, the silver lining is that Harrell definitely didn't boost his stock, so the Cowboys ought to be able to grab him after addressing more pressing needs than backup quarterback.
I'll admit to being biased in favor of kids I saw play in high school, but I still believe Harrell will be at least a solid backup in the NFL after a year or two to make the adjustment from the spread to a pro scheme. And he's still better than Brad Johnson right now.

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