I watched them as a group tonight, for quick comparison. Kirk Cousins wins going away. Easily the most impressive performance with Gruden, not merely this year but in the short history of the series. He was relaxed, likable, specific and inquisitive, managing what very, very few quarterbacks have done within the series, to turn it into a natural one-on-one conversation on equal footing. Cousins carried the dialog for large segments of the half hour, unlike several others who were seemingly intimidated and therefore hesitant to inject a topic, forcing Gruden to semi-monologue.
Cousins was so far beyond his years he reminded me of a preppy young golf pro who has been in the spotlight for years and already mastered every trick with media, sponsors, and fans. Even his teeth and haircut were PGA perfect, like a young David Toms.
I still think Cousins is a moderate prospect, a backup or low level stop-gap starter. He dominated with Gruden. I don't want any of this to sound like an altered opinion on their ability or draft slotting, merely how they performed in a unique setting.
Luck was a comfortable second. Awesome on the chalk board but he seemed to goof around a bit otherwise, enjoying the experience. A tip off to Luck's class was when he agreed with Gruden's premise on the failed banana against USC, "I think it goes back to the Oregon game..." Beyond doubtful. That game was a full year earlier. As Gruden pointed out, Stanford runs that scheme many times per game. It's a big favorite the final option popped open many subsequent times, and by greater margin. Since Gruden invested so much time studying Stanford, and on the "camps" in general, Luck instinctively knew to make him look good by pinpointing the Oregon example.
Wilson and Moore were next...talkative and detailed enough, but not on Cousins' level. The outside clips stood out in those episodes. Wilson had a more muscular torso than I realized and looked terrific throwing the ball. Moore was frail and sweaty, unfortunately living up to the stereotype of an Idaho kid dealing with Tampa weather.
This was the first I'd seen of the Weeden version. Impressive guy. More low key than I anticipated. I had no idea Gruden had isolated the safety/pick six against Texas. Weeden should have been asked to describe the play.
Tannehill, as I mentioned last night, was quiet and passive and seemingly reluctant to initiate, but at least he improved as it went along, and did well in the throwing segment.
Foles has been the same in every game and interview I've seen for years, a bit out there. Gruden thought it necessary to bring in the prop for that episode -- Brad Johnson -- which seemed to indicate Gruden didn't believe Foles could carry a half hour.
Osweiler finished up the track. It may have been preferable to his Boise State outing, but only fractionally.
I didn't pay much attention to Keenum, who was strangely low decibel. A guy from a somewhat rogue program needed to stand out, although he did describe Houston as "third world," LOL.
Robert Griffin could cure every disease and I'd still knock the guy. Party on the left, all business on the right, and hopefully bust everywhere.