Sunday, February 3, 2008

Will A Blue Hen Become a Dolphin?

This from the Palm Beach Post writer Tim Graham

"Who knows Joe Flacco?

A select group of draft-eligible quarterbacks have generated a vast majority of the attention this winter. Matt Ryan, Brian Brohm, Andre Woodson, Colt Brennan and even John David Booty get mentioned most often when discussing this year’s draft class.

But because Flacco hails from the I-AA Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens, he’s largely unfamiliar to anybody other than college football savants and draftniks.

Those days are over. Flacco’s stock is soaring, and the Dolphins are interested in the 6-foot-6, 232-pound accounting major. He certainly fits the classic quarterback mold Dolphins football operations exec Bill Parcells covets so much.

Although Parcells wasn’t at the Senior Bowl last week, the Dolphins interviewed Flacco there and came away highly impressed — maybe enough to take him in the second round.

The Dolphins also are high on Ryan. Who isn’t? But it’s debatable whether they should use their No. 1 overall pick to acquire Ryan or use it on a greater need and grab Flacco later.

Earlier today, fans had a chance to see Flacco’s skills on display in the College Football All-Star Challenge on ESPN. The annual exhibition, taped Tuesday at Arizona State, showcases players about to enter the draft in a skills competition.

Flacco cleaned up among the quarterbacks who participated: top-rated passer Ryan (Boston College), Brennan (Hawaii), Booty (USC) and Chad Henne (Michigan).

Flacco easily won the long ball competition. His throws of 74 and 71 yards were the best two tries. He said he would have hit 80 yards with a tighter spiral.

He also won the quarterback scramble, an obstacle course of sorts. He runs the 40-yard dash in about 4.9 seconds but looked surprisingly nimble for someone his size. Flacco also finished third in the accuracy competition.

Without question, Flacco will be popular at the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis.

But he’s already high on the Dolphins’ watch list."

Below is the Flacco highlite reel. My favorite line? "You can't DO THAT any better than that, Scott Zolak!"


Cletus Delroy Spuckler said...

The next Rich Gannon?

Lane said...

is there any other notable Delaware alumni? Maybe it will take Flacco less than 18 years to get a starting QB gig