You must be a Bucs fan! I love Freeman too. Finally something to be hopeful about. For a guy who's supposed to be a QB guru Gruden sure did **** up with Simms.
But onto your question. First let me narrow down the list.
-Bradford - yes
-Stafford - yes
-As much as I love Clausen as a ND fan, I'm not convinced of his leadership, so he's off.
-McCoy is too small for my liking.
-Freeman - yes
-Henne is overrated. He didn't do nearly as much as some of the others to deserve being a starter in the NFL.
-Tebow would be my fullback, does that count?
-Dixon I don't know too much about, so I wouldn't pick him, but I have heard that the team pushed for him to get the #2 spot during the offseason, so he must be pretty good.
-Ryan seems too shaky. One week he'd be great, the next no so much.
-Leinart no, just no.
-I have no idea where all the hype about Kolb came from... Is there something I missed or do so many people just blindly follow what Peter King says? (how's Matt Moore doing, Peter?)
-Flacco - yes
-Sanchez is very quickly being ruined by Rex Ryan. His first read is check down. No confidence. The comparisons to Namath are schoking.
So my narrowed down list includes
Sam Bradford - I really love how in his first NFL start he revitalizes the career of Mark Clayton. Normally when you have a young QB you look to the TE. Easier read straight down field, weaker defenders on him, play develops sooner, safer pass. Bradford can be something special.
Matt Stafford - I like Stafford's leadership, but I'd want to see him play with support from an offense that isn't the Detroit Lions.
Josh Freeman - I'm a Bucs fan, and I'm biased, but this kid can play. He's confident. He'll spread the ball around. He'll make plays with his feet. He has fun. He reminds me a lot of McNabb. No nonsense, go out there, have fun, joke around, do your job, win football games.
Joe Flacco - I'd say he's the most mature of my final four, which is a great positive. However, in terms of his play on the field, I'd say he's probably trailing the other 3 in this category. I'd love to see how he does this year now that the Ravens have surrounded him with one of the deepest passing attacks in the league.
If I had to pick one right now it would be either Freeman or Stafford. Both showed great upside last season especially given the teams they were playing on. I'll bet that in the long run, Bradford develops to be the better QB, and Flacco will have the better numbers for a while.