Ben Roethlisberger   QB   Miami Ohio

The first thing you notice with Ben is his size, 6'5" 240-250 lbs. Then you see him throw the ball. He has a very strong arm and can make all the big time throws. Then you notice that he is very athletic. He can move in and out of the pocket and can throw on the run. Mentally he is in control of his team and the game plan. When Ben gets in trouble and the play breaks down he has the athletic ability to improvise. He has very good leadership qualities and has the ability to make the players around him better.

Needs to Improve
Ben has a long way to go before he is ready for the NFL. He does not read defenses very well right now. The Iowa team introduced him to some different schemes and Ben had big time problems. Ben has not gone through the pressures of a big time program. He has not gone through the pressure of a failed game plan being blamed on him. He has not gone through the pressure of a losing season. It is the mental pressures of being a big time QB that he will need to improve and if he can't it will affect his performance on the field drastically.

Bottom Line
There will be some teams that will rate Ben higher than Eli Manning because he is bigger and has a better arm. There are teams that I think should rate Ben higher then Eli because of those reasons. Those teams are the cold weather teams. But do not make a mistake and think that at this time that Ben is more ready to carry a team in the NFL then Eli is. He is not. I have seen this time and time again. QB's, because of their physical talent, are drafted and thrown on the field right away.  They are expected to deal with the pressure of the fans, their teammates and coaches to perform at the same level they did in college. At first, because teams do not know their weaknesses, they will look really good, get big numbers.  But, when the team loses, they will not be blamed for the loss. They will start to make more mistakes and as the pressure increases, the teammates and coaches will start to lose confidence in them. This eventually leads to the QB not living up to expectations and going from team to team until he is about 35 yrs old and everything comes together. I call this flat-lining. At 35 yrs of age, some coach hits the paddles, revives this QB and he finally has some success. Ring a bell?  Ben Roethlisberger should be drafted then be allowed to sit for two years before he becomes a starting QB. Eli Manning can play his first year and be as successful as David Carr is. That is the difference between these two QB's. Mentally Ben is nowhere near ready to handle the complicated defenses and offenses that Eli has seen in five years of college as opposed to Ben's three years. If Ben is handled correctly, he should be as good, if not better than Eli, but it will take a few more years of development. The cold weather teams should rate Ben higher on their draft boards because of his arm strength. If you need a QB right away, cold weather or not, go for Manning. He will find away to deliver in the wind, snow, sleet or hail. Eli is the postman; Ben should just sort the mail and wait for his promotion.

Drew Boylhart