ESPN.com is going the way of most web sites and offering a lot of paid content. Unfortunately, a lot of articles that you have to pay for is NFL Draft coverage, and guess who was a topic of discussion? Berkeley’s own graduating quarterback, Kyle Boller. He has shown considerable improvement just this last year. Mel Kiper doesn’t see that as enough though as he ranks Boller as the most overrated prospect in the league.
From the head line, Kiper said:
Cal QB Kyle Boller has risen up the draft board, and he could go as high as the early-to-mid first round. But I don’t even have him on my Big Board of the top 25 draft prospects. Boller is No. 1 on my list of the Top 5 overrated prospects in the 2003 NFL draft. Boller has an outstanding arm, and the 234-pounder ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. He has all the tools, but he needs to improve his passing accuracy and his reads.
He also cites that Boller completed less than 50% of his passes at Cal. That’s a startling fact!
Offering another opinion is NFL.com columnist Gil Brandt, who ranks our quarterback as one of his top 15 picks in the draft. He says:
Kyle Boller has looked great, impressing at the Combine, his own workout at Cal and all the private workouts he’s had. He’s made the biggest jump of any quarterback in this draft and is probably one of four or five players that have made the biggest jump from spring until now.
My own opinion: The NFL is in a bit of a quarterback crunch as there do not seem to be as many good ones as there were before. Boller will probably go high in the NFL draft considering his enormous talent and will probably be drafted quite early. I don’t want to guess which team or whether or not Boller will be successful in the NFL, but who knows? I’ll say Carolina will draft Boller and I doubt he will be a superstar in the NFL very soon, unless he corrects the problems Kiper talked about. But hey I’m not an expert.
See you April 26-27 for the NFL Draft.