Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead will declare for the 2010 NFL draft. Considered by many to be a first round pick last summer, Snead endured a disastrous season that destroyed his stock. Too many mistakes, too many interceptions - ending with a temporary benching in the Bowl game (where he threw three more picks). There's no doubt that Snead has the tools to be a pro-QB - the big arm, shifty athleticism, prototype size. All comparisons to Matt Stafford are fair in that sense. Unlike Stafford however, he's not had a good enough year to convince anyone he deserves to be a first round pick, let alone a top one.
In a sense things got so bad he almost had no choice but to declare. His starting position was suddenly in doubt and he wasn't guaranteed to begin the 2010 season. That would likely have ended any chances of a career in the NFL. At least now he has a chance to work out for scouts and hope to convince someone the tools are enough to warrant selection. It wouldn't be a total stretch to suggest Snead could still go as high as the second round - you don't need to work on his mechanics and in a good scheme, he's worth a calculated risk. The decision making, accuracy and execution though will always be a concern and it's not easily taught.
He finished the year with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, completing 54.4% of his passes. In his toughest match-up back in October, he threw four interceptions against Alabama completing just eleven of thirty-four passes for 140 yards. I'll leave the final word to Chris Steuber from Scout.com on his twitter page:
"Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead will enter the 2010 NFL Draft. A major mistake for the most overrated QB in college football."
- Chris Steuber, Scout.com