NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has released his top 10 QB prospects for the 2011 draft, and two Big 12 quarterbacks made the cut.
McShay notes that the rise of spread offenses has made it harder than ever to evaluate the position, but some quarterbacks, including one from the Big 12 on his list, have the physical tools and football intelligence to allow them to make the jump.
You'll need an ESPN Insider subscription to see who he ranked above them but here's who McShay says could hear their name called in next April's draft:
4. Blaine Gabbert, junior, Missouri
McShay's grade: 88
No quarterback exceeded expectations more during our preseason film study than Gabbert. He will need time to adjust to a pro-style system but appears to have the football intelligence and accuracy, in addition to the prototypical size and arm strength, to make a living in the NFL.
10. Jerrod Johnson, senior, Texas A&M
McShay's grade: 54
Johnson has the physical tools, including ideal size and a strong arm, to develop into an adequate backup in the NFL. However, his poise, accuracy and decision-making are not up to par at this point, which is why he grades out as a late-round project.