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Tough to fix quarterbacks

Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Brian from Jacksonville:
Who is the most successful undrafted free agent ever signed by the Jaguars?

Vic: Montell Owens might be the one.

Mary from Jacksonville:
I saw "NFL Network's" 10 gutsiest players over the weekend and was shocked to learn of Ronnie Lott cutting off part of his finger. In today's era, who has your vote for the gutsiest and why?

Vic: I don't know about gutsiest, but based on what Torry Holt showed me, I think he'd be voted most likely to cut his finger off. I mean, what good is it? Every time you tried to scratch your nose, you'd poke yourself in the eye. How would you get that inside a bowling ball?

Dale from Hampton, VA:
When undrafted free agents make the team, do their contracts get re-worked or is their first season's salary already included in there?

Vic: It's included. I've never known an undrafted free agent who didn't sign for minimum wage. Contracts for undrafted free agents vary from 1-3 years in length.

Margy from Jacksonville:
"Tebow has the strongest arm of the three but there are doubts about his technical skills." Just curious, can technique be learned?

Vic: Yeah, it can, but I can't think of a successful example. The Jaguars' efforts with Byron Leftwich didn't work. The Texans made David Carr the first pick of the draft with the idea that they would fix his low release point. Did that work? No. There are cases where a quarterback corrected a minor flaw, but if a quarterback requires major reconstruction of his throwing motion, you'd be wise to let some other team do it. Tim Tebow has a strong arm. That's what he has going for him. He has the arm strength to be able to make all of the throws. As I see it, he has three technical problems, the most critical of which is his tendency to overstride. That makes his passes sail. I also see a flying elbow and a penchant for turning his hand. When I saw Mark Brunell in the 1995 training camp, he would, from time to time, turn his hand, which seems to be a natural tendency for left-handers. He fixed it and the major reason he was able to fix it is because Brunell had a strong arm. A lot of times, quarterbacks will have extra moving parts in their delivery as a means of generating more zip on the ball. For that guy, repair is impossible. The one thing all great passers have in common is that they look natural, effortless in throwing the football. I don't see that with Tebow. He looks mechanical; like a guy who's trying to do it right. He does, however, have a strong arm. That's what keeps him alive as a quarterback prospect. Live arms are not ignored.

Derek from Jacksonville:
By any other golfer's standards, Tiger Woods is having a good year so far. Nothing but top 10 finishes and a win at Bay Hill. What concerns me is his recent play on Sundays. It is very disturbing. What are your thoughts?

Vic: He's the best putter and has the best short game on tour. That's what's keeping him in the top 10. It's his long game that's the problem. How many times have you seen him hit drives into trouble? How many times have you seen his playing partner out-drive him? That's the thing that's got to be eating at him. Can he still be Tiger Woods if he's being out-driven? Frankly, I don't think he's scaring anyone on tour any more. I don't think he's intimidating his playing partners on the tee. On the green? That's another matter. There isn't a putt he stands over that I don't think he's going to make. What happens if he loses that?

Tom from Jacksonville:
Edward's stats are one way of looking at it. Here's another: Of the 95 Pro-Bowlers since 1999, 44 of them were first-round picks. With all the other rounds worth of picks and undrafted free agents, it seems first-round picks are way more likely to make it.

Vic: That's the way it's supposed to be, isn't it? I'm sorry, you lost me on this one. I think you've just made Edward's case for him.

Joe from Dallas, TX:
Why don't the Jags go get Graham Harrell? He's a great quarterback and a leader. With Garrard, Harrell can hold a clipboard and learn NFL football, so when Garrard is gone Harrell can step in and be a dependable, if not awesome, quarterback.

Vic: Who'll throw the ball for him? I'll tell you what, come back at me after the Big 12 has produced at least one significant NFL quarterback.

Matt from Atlantic Beach, FL:
Out of curiosity, which of the Jaguars' draft picks from the Del Rio period have you felt the best about?

Vic: I liked the Byron Leftwich pick. The Jaguars needed a young quarterback who would be the future of the franchise and he seemed to fit. I didn't like the Reggie Williams and Matt Jones picks. I never saw Rashean Mathis play but right after the Jaguars picked him, a friend of mine who was a personnel director for another team told me Mathis was their guy in the second round, and that gave me a good feeling about Mathis. I liked the Vince Manuwai pick because Manuwai was a big, road-grading guard and picking him told me something about the Jaguars' intentions to run the ball. I liked the Ernest Wilford pick and then, after seeing Wilford in his rookie mini-camp, I realized Wilford was the same guy the Jaguars picked in the first round. That's when the Reggie Williams pick really started to become troubling. I can remember being fond of the Pat Thomas pick. I thought he was going to be a player for them. As I've already said, I was very disappointed with my analysis of what the Jaguars did in the 2008 draft. Trading away all those picks is against my draft beliefs, but I just jumped on the Super Bowl parade and began beating the drum. I've already apologized for that performance.

Greg from Jacksonville:
You said you believe Underwood and Jennings could be "home-run picks." What do you think they need to do to become home-run picks?

Vic: When you're picked in the compensatory part of the final round of the draft, you are little more than an undrafted free agent, therefore, expectations aren't high and merely making the roster constitutes an extra-base hit. In my opinion, Rashad Jennings and Tiquan Underwood offer the potential to do more than just make the roster. I believe they offer the potential to be genuine contributors and valued assets. I think Jennings can be a companion back for Maurice Jones-Drew and I think Underwood can be a legit pass-catcher. With his height and leaping ability, I think he can be the red-zone receiver the Jaguars have been trying to find. Who's going to catch the fades? Maybe it'll be Underwood. By the way, has anyone been catching the fades? Anyhow, if Jennings was to become a companion back and if Underwood was to reach the potential I think he has, they would certainly qualify as home-run picks. If you're looking for stats, I'm sorry, I don't do stats. I ascribe to vision and my vision for them is to become valued, contributing members of the Jaguars roster. That's more than you should expect to get in the compensatory part of round seven.

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