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With all the attention (rightfully) focused on the draft's top signal callers emerging from premier programs, a handful of less publicized passers can go overlooked. In the last 10 years, quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Marc Bulger, Matt Schaub, David Garrard, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Trent Edwards and Bruce Gradkowski have been unearthed in Round Three or later. Additionally, Charlie Whitehurst was taken in the third round and stashed away by the Chargers who eventually parlayed the promising backup into a high second-round choice and a future third-rounder.
Will any mid/late-rounders emerge from this year's quarterback class? Here's a few to look for:
- Levi Brown, Troy: A Tennessee-born slinger, Brown began his collegiate career at I-AA power Richmond before transferring to Troy, where he triggered the Sun Belt's top offense and won three straight regular season conference titles. While unrefined mechanically, Brown possesses a quarterback's mentality and enough arm strength to carve a niche at the next level. His toughness and competitiveness could go a long way.
- Trevor Harris, Edinboro (Pa.): At a position where experienced is valued highly, Harris has plenty of it after starting four years at Division II EU. While serving as a three-year captain and shattering numerous passing records, Harris showed the type of traits that could enable him to stick as a No. 3 quarterback in the NFL. Though he lacks desirable arm strength, he understands where to go with the ball and displays timing and anticipation. Perhaps more importantly, his intangibles — most notably passion for the game, competitiveness and toughness (Harris threw for 630 yards in a playoff game just nine days after surgery for a torn mensicus) — make him a solid practice squad candidate.
- Jevan Snead, Mississippi: Ten months ago Jevan Snead was anything but a sleeper. He was the hot name in college football, as he was seemingly leading the Rebels to a resurgence under Houston Nutt and on his way to becoming a first-round quarterback prospect. Then the wheels fell off, Snead made a head-scratching decision to forgo another year of eligibility and his draft status has plummeted. That said, if he still possesses the physical attributes that had the likes of Urban Meyer and Mack Brown hot on his trail out of high school and can somehow regain his 2008 form, Snead could bounce back as a value selection. He did not help himself in the interview, process, however.