Where Are They Now? - 2007 NFL Draft Quarterbacks
Today, I recap the careers of the top five quarterbacks of the 2007 NFL Draft and what they are doing today.
College Career: At LSU, JaMarcus Russell became the starter in 2005. In his two years as a starter, he finished with a 21–4 record. In 2006, he threw for 3,129 yards, 28 touchdowns and eight interceptions and was second in the SEC with 2,923 yards from scrimmage. In the Sugar Bowl, he accumulated over 350 yards of passing and rushing combined and scored three touchdowns while being named the games MVP in a victory over Notre Dame. He decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2007 NFL draft.
Drafted: 1st overall by the Oakland Raiders
Pro Career: Russell held out through training camp and into the first week of the season, until he signed a six-year contract worth up to $68 million, with $31.5 million guaranteed. In his first start, he finished the game against Jacksonville with seven completions on 23 pass attempts for 83 yards, with one touchdown pass, three interceptions and a lost fumble. Russell finished his rookie season with 36 completed passes on 66 attempts for 373 yards scoring two touchdowns and four interceptions. Over the next few years, his play continued to decline. Between offseasons, it was reported that he had weighed up to 300 lbs. between seasons. In 2009, Russell's 48.8 completion percentage was the lowest in over a decade by a quarterback. His final stats during his tenure as a Raider were 52.1% pass completion, an 18 to 23 touchdown to interception ratio, a passer rating of 65.2, and 15 lost fumbles.
Bottom Line: JaMarcus Russell is viewed as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. Some say one or two next to Ryan Leaf. He struggled to maintain his weight his entire time in Oakland and their were rumors that his weight ballooned up to 300 pounds between offseason. Russell himself admitted to testing positive to codeine after the Raiders drafted him. Due to his poor performance on the field and bad self discipline, his status as a bust is justified.
Where Is He Now?: Russell has made multiple attempts to make a comeback but no team has offered to sign him. Frustrated by his lack of work ethic, everyone who has tried to give him another shot in the NFL has burned bridges with him. In 2010, Russell was arrested for being in possession of codeine syrup without a valid prescription. Later that year, a grand jury declined to indict him on the charge.
College: Norte Dame
College Career: At Notre Dame, Brady Quinn rewrote the record book and made the Fighting Irish a force in college football again. In his four years in school, he set Notre Dame's all time passing yardage record, along with 33 other school records, and was the 2006 Maxwell Award winner and Heisman runner up.
Drafted: 22nd overall by the Cleveland Browns
Pro Career: After backing up Derek Anderson his rookie year, Quinn played in three games in 2008 when Anderson struggled, but a broken finger ended his season. In 2009, he and Anderson split time throughout the season and he even set a Brown's record with three touchdowns in a quarter in a loss to Detroit. After not playing for two years in Denver, Quinn saw playing time in 10 games for Kansas City in 2012.
Bottom Line: Unfortunately, Quinn is yet another dreadful example of the new Brown's inability to groom a young quarterback. While the team struck gold with Joe Thomas in the first round that same year, Quinn was a big disappointment. He started just 12 games for Cleveland over three seasons, wasting much of that time in a tedious quarterback controversy with Derek Anderson. Had he been drafted by Miami in Cam Cameron's system like he was projected to, he might have been the best quarterback in the draft.
Where Is He Now?: Quinn he currently college football and NFL game analyst for Fox Sports. He founded a charity, 3rd and Goal - Veterans Home Aid, in 2011. The foundation's mission aims to make homes handicap accessible for wounded veterans. he and his wife Alicia are co-chairs of the foundation.
College Career: Kevin Kolb was the first true freshman quarterback to start the season opener in school history and was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. By his junior year, he became Houston's all time total offense leader. His senior season he was named the Conference USA Offensive MVP. In four years as a starter, he accounted for 12,964 passing yards and 85 touchdowns.
Drafted: 36th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles
Pro Career: After spending his first two seasons as a backup and third string quarterback, Kolb got his first two starts in place of an injured Donovan McNabb. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two career starts. After McNabb was traded to Washington in 2010, Kolb was named the starter, but a concussion he sustained during the season opener allowed Michael Vick to be named the Comeback Player of the Year. He was traded to Arizona in 2011. After a enduring a concussion after playing for Buffalo in 2013, he was forced to retire due to post concussion syndrome.
Bottom Line: There was a lot of hype built around Kolb thinking he would become the next Aaron Rodgers, but unfortunately thanks to numerous injuries and inconsistent play he never lived up to the hype. With a career sub 60 percent completion rate and a near equal touchdown to interception ratio, he's just an average backup quarterback.
Where Is He Now?: In 2014,Kolb was arrested in Willacy County, Texas, for boating while intoxicated. After four career concussions, he still feels their lingering affects.
College: Brigham Young
College Career: As a 22 year old true freshman, John Beck earned academic All-MWC honors playing in eight games. As a sophomore, he set a BYU single-game record with 67 pass attempts and currently holds the MWC single-game sophomore record with 34 completions. In his final two seasons, he was named first team All-MWC and finished his college career with 11,021 passing yards and 79 touchdowns.
Drafted: 40th overall by the Miami Dolphins
Pro Career: Initially seen as the third string quarterback behind Trent Green and Cleo Lemon, Beck started midway through the 2007 season after the Dolphins started 0-9 on the year. He would go 0-5 as a starter. Beck wouldn't start a game again until 2011 where he started in three games for Washington in place of an injured Rex Grossman. After playing two years in the Canadian Football League, he retired from football in 2015.
Bottom Line: Beck was drafted as a 26 year old rookie and never amounted to anything in he NFL. He threw only three touchdowns next to seven interceptions in a six year career. The 2007 Miami Dolphins are one of the worst teams in history and he isn't to blame for that, but he lacked accuracy and overall skills as a quarterback to have long term pro success.
Where Is He Now?: Beck is a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In 2018, he was seen on the documentary "Drive to the Draft" serving as UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen's QB coach as he prepares for the 2018 NFL Draft.
College: Michigan State
College Career: After redshirting his first year, Drew Stanton served as the backup while also seeing playing time on special teams as a gunner. In 2004, he was named the starter and displayed his dual threat ability. In 2006, he led the largest point margin comeback in NCAA Division I history in a 35 point comeback win over Northwestern. In his Spartans career, he finished with 6,524 passing yards and 42 touchdowns to go along with 1,512 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
Drafted: 43rd overall by the Detroit Lions
Pro Career: After spending his rookie season on injured reserve rehabbing a knee injury, Stanton played in 12 games over the next three seasons for Detroit. Having not taken a snap in four years, he became the starter for Arizona in 2014 in place of an injured Carson Palmer. Stanton started eight games before an MCL sprain ended his season.
Bottom Line: Struggling early in his career, Stanton has found a home in Arizona playing with talent like Larry Fitzgerald. That being said his stats are nothing impressive. His career completion percentage is 52% and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. He's an above average backup to come on a short term basis but asking him to lead a franchise a full season is beyond his skill set, especially dealing with multiple injuries throughout his career.
Where Is He Now?: Stanton is currently a free agent but at age 35, it will be hard for him to latch on to a team.
Other Notable Quarterbacks
Trent Edwards, Stanford: Drafted 92nd overall by the Buffalo Bills
- Showed flashes in rookie year, but overall inconsistent
Troy Smith, Ohio State: Drafted 174th overall by the Baltimore Ravens
- Athletic and capable, but a sideline outburst with Mike Singletary ended his time as a starter
Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina: Drafted 217th overall by the Minnesota Vikings
- Capable starter, above average backup
Matt Moore, Oregon State: Undrafted
- Ideal backup, not long term answer as a starter