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Matt Ryan

College: Boston College

Size: 6-4 1/2 , 227

2007 passing stats: 4,507 yards, 31 TDs, 19 INTs, 59.3 completion pct.

Kudos: Has the intangibles the NFL wants, including poise, intelligence and toughness. Elevated everyone around him at Boston College in an 11-3 season. Threw for more than 400 yards four times in 2007.

Knock: Interceptions were a problem. Threw 19 last season and 37 for his career in 43 games. Also can be streaky with his accuracy. Four times he completed less than 50 percent of his passes last year.

Joe Flacco

College: Delaware

Size: 6-6, 235

2007 passing stats: 4,263 yards, 23 TDs, 5 INTs, 63.5 completion pct.

Kudos: Best arm in the draft, ideal size, throws very accurate deep ball. Very heady player. Took Delaware to the Championship Subdivision championship game.

Knock: Level of his competition is a concern. He faced only one Bowl Subdivision team last year (434 yards, four touchdowns against Navy) and its defense was a shambles. Also, he split his snaps under center and in the shotgun, a concern for some.

Brian Brohm

College: Louisville

Size: 6-3, 228

2007 passing stats: 4,024 yards, 30 TDs, 12 INTs, 65.1 completion pct.

Kudos: Had a terrific junior season when Bobby Petrino was the coach and there was ample talent around him. Averaged 9.74 yards per pass attempt in 2006. Manages the game well.

Knock: Great statistics could be because of the offensive system and not really his ability. Lacks arm strength and mobility.

Chad Henne

College: Michigan

Size: 6-2 1/2 , 228

2007 passing stats: 1,938 yards, 17 TDs, 9 INTs, 58.3 completion pct.

Kudos: Excellent arm, tough and poised. Started four years at Michigan against the NCAA's best.

Knock: Can be inconsistent and doesn't have a quick release. Curiously, his statistics diminished each year in college. Missed three games with injuries last season and went 6-4 in the rest.

John David Booty

College: Southern California

Size: 6-2 1/2 , 215

2007 passing stats: 2,361 yards, 23 TDs, 10 INTs, 63.2 completion pct.

Kudos: Very accurate passer who manages the game well. Was able to capitalize on the big weapons he had in 2006, throwing for 29 touchdowns.

Knock: Doesn't have a big arm. Some wonder if he didn't benefit from the abundance of talent around him.

Erik Ainge

College: Tennessee

Size: 6-5 1/2 , 223

2007 passing stats: 3,522 yards, 31 TDs, 10 INTs, 62.9 completion pct.

Kudos: Broke Peyton Manning's school record with 325 completions last year. Also had a seven-touchdown game at Kentucky in November. Completed a school-record 67 percent of his passes in 2006.

Knock: Not mobile and lacks arm strength.

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