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Steelers NFL Draft Forecast: Quarterbacks

Friday, April 20, 2001

By Ed Bouchette, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Michael Vick
6-0, 215
Virginia Tech
1 Vick, as in No. 1 pick. It's no secret that San Diego will take him first. He's the only quarterback in the draft who is a sure first-rounder. His pick emphasizes the trend toward more mobile QBs in the NFL.

Drew Brees
6-0, 215
Purdue
2 Many early projections had him going to the Steelers, but they are not interested and did not even attend his workout. Could last into the second round, but more likely will be picked in the second half of the first round. Short, average arm strength but has great quarterback skills.

Chris Weinke
6-4, 226
Florida State
3 Some love him, some hate him. His age, 29, hurts him but he should be ready to play sooner. Mature, has good size and is tough. Strong arm and accurate. A pure pocket passer. If he hadn't played minor-league baseball for six years, he might have been a top-rated quarterback.

Mike McMahon
6-2 1/2, 206
Rutgers
4 He will be the latest in a long line of pro quarterbacks from Western Pennsylvania. This North Allegheny High School graduate has moved up on the charts with impressive postseason work.

Jesse Palmer
6-2, 227
Florida
5 Can you say Danny Wuerffel, Shane Matthews and Anthony Dilweg? Florida quarterbacks get a rap because Steve Spurrier's offense supposedly makes them better college players than pros. Palmer was mostly a backup in college.

Marques Tuiasosopo
6-2, 220
Washington
6 If a team's looking for a winner, he's it. He's tough, feisty and will do whatever it takes, whether it's running, pitching, throwing or throwing a block. Not tall, but a brute. Could develop into a solid pro.

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