Quarterback - Kentucky
Combine Height: 6-4
Combine Weight: 229
Combine 40 Time: Did not participate (strained hamstring)
Threw for 3,709 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior, with 11 interceptions and a completion percentage of 63.1.
Woodson put up some jaw-dropping numbers at Kentucky (40 touchdowns!), but despite good size and a strong arm he appears to have fallen out of the top two tiers of quarterback prospects. Scouts point to his lack of a quick release and his inconsistency, and a shaky performance under the direction of Mike Martz at the Senior Bowl sent his stock plummeting. A better showing at his pro day salvaged some of his value, but at present Woodson remains parked outside the Brian Brohm-Chad Henne-Joe Flacco grouping expected to go in Round Two.
Wherever Woodson lands, he’s going to require patience. Tall stature and a big arm are a good foundation, but Woodson’s lack of escapability, a slow release, and the time it will take him to absorb an NFL playbook mean he’s destined to spend a couple years on clipboard duty before taking any meaningful pro snaps.
At one point Woodson was viewed by some as a mid-first round pick; now he’s far more likely to be a third-round consolation prize for whichever team misses out on the top four quarterbacks. Because he’s expected to need time to develop he could be headed to a team without an immediate pressing need. The Panthers have a pair of third-round selections and could groom Woodson to be Delhomme’s successor, while the Chiefs, Bears, and 49ers could get by with their current quarterback placeholders if they believed Woodson could be ready for prime time by 2010.
Any playing time Woodson receives in 2008 will come out of desperation, and if he does see NFL action this season you aren’t going to want him anywhere near your fantasy team. Long-term, he’ll need to land in a situation with a track record of quarterback development (Seattle, perhaps?) in order to show up as even a blip on dynasty league radars come fantasy drauction day.