JaMarcus Russell: The NFL’s Next Vince Young?

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Okay, someone explain this to me. Every mock NFL draft I can find has Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn as the pick-of-the-litter among QBs. He’s not only listed as the No. 1 QB in the draft – far and away – but most pundits have him as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. So I just finished watching the Nokia Sugar Bowl and Brady Quinn looked like a second-string Central Park QB compared with his counterpart – LSU’s JaMarcus Russell.

The 6′ 6″-260 pound junior commanded the Super Dome like the Grand Marshall of Mardi Gras. He threw for 325 yards and two TDs, with only one INT to lead LSU to a 41-14 stomping of a so-overrated Notre Dame team that should never have qualified for a BCS bowl. Quinn and his mates were overmatched and outplayed. The Irish QB passed for only 148 yards, 2 TD and 2 INTs, and looked like he needed another year of eligibility.

Russell – who passed for nearly 2800 yards and 27 TDs this season – has another year of eligibility, which partly explains why he’s been the Invisible Man on everyone’s mock draft. Not any more.

We all get what goes on in the draft. It’s mostly a beauty contest in which players are picked at, jabbed, measured and basted so much one can only dwell on their flaws and Wonderlic scores. NFL honchos get caught up in blood tests and medical reports and vertical leaps, and they seem to forget to look at films. Last year, Young was dissected like a high-school frog until six teams decided he, his quirky throwing motion and low Wonderlic score made him a risk. Today, Young was named the overwhelming offensive rookie of the year in the NFL.

Meanwhile, has the NFL learned? Will teams overlook Russell in favor of Quinn for reasons I do not want to express here? Probably, and one team will benefit immensely while another will become the next Texans.

And I have to say this again: ND should never have qualified for a BCS game. They are coveted simply because they are Notre Dame. They lost every big game this season (Michigan, USC, LSU), nearly lost games to weak teams (UCLA, Michigan State) and fattened up on the military academies. Can we stop this madness please?

Alas, probably not.

GAMER: JaMarcus Russell

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9 thoughts on “JaMarcus Russell: The NFL’s Next Vince Young?

  1. Faiser says:

    That’s terrific – you have now concluded what the next 15 years should hold for these two QBs based one watching one game. You have no substantive arguments in your post other than stats for tonight (which, btw, had a lot to do wiht a weak Irish defense). That type of writing, indeed, is madness.

  2. Notre Dame needs to be in a conference. Seriously. Because if they think they’re going to win a BCS game after beating up on the military and mid level Pac and Big 10 teams is madness. Brady Quinn is a’ight, but I would take Russell in a second. Big, mobile, and can throw 60 yards on a dime.

  3. Richard says:

    Geez, Frasier … overreact much? I don’t even see anything in Roy’s post that directly links to the comments you posted.

    I am NOT a Brady fan. I wrote about it here. That said, while I like Russell more, I am not that convinced that he is much better. The NCAA quarterback I’d really want is Brian Brohm at Louisville.

    I suppose my gut feeling is that Rusell is a worth a Top 10 pick and Quinn should be a mid-to-late first, possibly a second depending on team needs and predelictions. As is, Peter King reported on Inside the NFL that teams love Russell as the #1 pick, and I would expect Quinn to fall no lower than 4. If Oakland took Russell and Detroit took Quinn, I would not be at all surprised.

  4. Teams will pass on JaMarcus Russell like Houston and Nawlins passed on Vince Young. I remember scouts raving about Rex Grossman, Chris Weinke and dare I say -Ryan Leaf. What it should boil down to -but often doesn’t- is who is a Baller/Gamer. You can’t scout heart, will or determination. It can’t be timed or weighed on a scale. There are no over the counter prescriptions nor BALCO concoctions to rub on. Only Brady Quinn and JaMarcus Russell can say how good they really will be at the next level. Byron Leftwich with all the tools in his arsenal could only sit and watch as both backups made throws he hoped Santa left in his stocking. From what I saw of Quinn, he’s average. Which to say is not a bad thing. Average means with a lot of hard work he could be a good pro. Russell, at this point, is average as well. The only difference is with a lot of hard work the Bayou Beast could be great.

    So ask yourself, do you want a potentially great quarterback or a potentially good quarterback.

  5. Bad Becks says:

    Honestly, I hope Oakland and Detroit pass on Russell. He’s been a personal favorite of CLeveland GM Phil Savage since high school and I’d love him in to be a member of the Browns. Everyone in Cleveland is dillusional in thinking Troy should be the 3 or 4 overall pick. I want Peterson if we can’t get Russell.

  6. lonnie ray says:

    I to will agree.Russell would be a BETTER gift to a Oakland than Brady Q..
    FOR I TOO SAW THE SUGAR BOWL, AND WAS AH-STRUCK BY THIS GAINT OF A QB. KINDA REMIND ME OF CULPEPPER.BUT HE TOO WOULD NEED A GOOD OFFENSE THAT WOULD GO WITH HIS TALENT.OAKLAND CAN STILL BE IN THE RACE OF GOODNESS.AND WILL. LOOK HOW FAR THE CLEVLAND BROWNS HAVE COME AFTER THIER DROP FROM GRACE. RUSSELL IS AND WILL BE THE
    S#@*T….” ME I AM A DIE HARD COWBOY FAN” ROMO OR NOT….

  7. I GO TO LSU says:

    Every year I’ve been here we’ve continuously had phenomenal years, but just because our team is so strong doesn’t mean that individual player performance should be judged by team play. As good as JaMarcus is, if you placed him into a weaker team he’d probably flop. If we had put Quinn at the helm of LSU’s team WOW!
    As far as the reasons you alluded toward Russell being passes up…I don’t even want to consider what you were trying to say. It’s Bull$%#!

  8. Stevie says:

    Fact-Russell is fat and out of shape for the combine.

    Fact-Quinn is jacked and looks as ripped as A.Peterson at his weigh in.

    Shame they both arent running.

  9. Louis Markos says:

    AL DAVIS WILL NOT PASS ON JaMARCUS RUSSELL AND LET THE BROWNS GET HIM FOR NOTHING. HE’LL RAPE THE BROWNS OR ANY TEAM THAT WANTS RUSSELL FOR MULTIPLE DRAFT PICKS. THEN HE WILL DRAFT WR CALVIN JOHNSON.

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