this week (February 18th-24th) that a top prospect emerged in the 2004 NFL Combine -
“It’s remarkable how far he has come in such a short time. Until his senior year in high school, he was a receiver. Yet, he was talented enough to take the Mid-American Conference by storm. That might not seem like a ringing endorsement on the surface, but remember that the last two MAC quarterbacks to do that were Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich, both of whom appear to have bright NFL futures. Roethlisberger, who declared himself eligible for the NFL draft after his junior year, has a good pro arm, is more athletic than Eli Manning and Philip Rivers and sees the field well. Scouts generally believe he has the highest upside of this year’s QB crop, but also represents the greatest risk because of his limited experience.” – The late Joe Stein, NFL Draft expert for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
From Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports, February 19, 2004:
The inquiry at the top of everyone’s list?
“Ben, where do you think you’ll be drafted?”
It’s a question he can’t answer. He knows where he wants to be drafted.
The 6-5, 245-pounder possesses the qualities teams want in a quarterback: size, arm strength, accuracy, some mobility, smarts.
Roethlisberger and Manning are at the six-day NFL combine in Indianapolis, where prospects show off their physical and mental skills.
It also gives teams a chance to interview and get to know the players.
It might determine where Roethlisberger and Manning go in the draft.
San Diego, Oakland and Arizona pick 1-2-3 in the draft. All could use a quarterback. The Chargers aren’t sold on Drew Brees. Rich Gannon is at the end of the road. Arizona released Jeff Blake, and no one is sure Josh McCown is the answer.
“This is all really hard to believe,” Roethlisberger said. “April 24 will be a dream come true.”
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And EXCELLENT write-up and look back.
Check out the link and read it in full, it's put together very well at his website.