Brian Brohm (BUF)
The case: A 2nd round pick in Green Bay, Brohm never had a chance with the solid play of Aaron Rodgers. A bad training camp left Brohm on the practice squad, where he was eventually signed by Buffalo. At Louisville Brohm was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and a potential 1st round pick. His career to date has not lived up to that hype, but he has not been given the opportunities to show his talent on the field.
Career stats: O TD, 2 INT, 146 passing yards, 43.2 rating
Troy Smith (BAL)
The case: A Heisman trophy winner at Ohio State, many (myself included) doubted Smith’s ability to play quarterback in the NFL. Drafted by Baltimore and stuck behind a Pro Bowl quarterback, Joe Flacco, Smith has barely been off the bench in Baltimore. A dual-threat as a passer and a runner, Smith has the talent to help a NFL team. Given playing time to develop, Smith has the tools to be a long-term starter.
Career stats: 48/89, 3 TD, 1 INT, 558 passing yards, 79.7 rating
Dennis Dixon (PIT)
The case: A Heisman candidate and star at the University of Oregon, Dixon looked like a high round draft pick until he tore his ACL late in the season. Dixon tried to play hurt two weeks later, but his knee eventually gave out and he was lost for the season. The professional version of a “Thursday All American”, Dixon has looked amazing during the preseason and could get his chance to start with Ben Roethlisberger being suspended for the first 6 games of the 2010 season.
Career stats: 1 TD, 1 INT, 148 passing yards, 62.0 rating
Brady Quinn (DEN)
The case: A golden boy, star quarterback at Notre Dame, Quinn has many fans and as many doubters. Possessing a strong arm and great leadership skills. A first-round draft pick in 2007, Quinn has seen very little playing time during 3 NFL seasons. A long hold out before his rookie season opened the door for Derek Anderson to start during 2007 and most of 2008. To date Quinn has only played in 14 NFL games.
Career stats: 184/353, 10 TD, 9 INT, 1902 passing yards, 66.8 rating