Better-Than Team: Sleeper scouting starts with McGee
During the 2007 college football season, I would watch Texas A&M games and think how unfair their offense was to quarterback Stephen McGee.
Dennis Franchione, then the coach of the Aggies, used a spread offense that featured plenty of option runs for McGee.
Yes, McGee is a talented runner, racking up four 100-yard games. But he also has a big arm. That offense wasn't preparing him for the NFL, but did Franchione care? It was his offense.
So every single time I would watch the Aggies play, I would curse the screen. Let the kid play quarterback, not that thing you're running, Coach Fran.
Franchione got in trouble with the school that year when it was revealed he was selling a secret e-mail newsletter to boosters that included inside information.
What was the title: How to hold back a talented passer?
Franchione was fired after that season, replaced by former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman. It was expected McGee would get his chance to play quarterback in an NFL-friendly offense.
One problem: He injured his throwing shoulder and was limited to three starts. He healed enough to play again, and showed well in the East-West game. But he never really got the chance to show off his arm.
He has a strong arm, even if he's raw throwing it. At 6-feet-3 and 223 pounds, he also has good size and he's a tough kid, as evidenced by the way he took on tacklers as a runner.
McGee won't be a first- or second-round pick, but I think he's worth a look in the third round. Once a good coach gets with him and works on the fundamentals, McGee will become a better NFL passer than he was in the college game.
That's why he heads up my annual "Better-Than" team, a list of 20 players I think are better than the scouts' projections.