First Texas quarterback Vince Young shook up the pecking order in the NFL draft with his performance in the Rose Bowl against Southern California. Now Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler is stating his case at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Cutler closed the 2005 season with a flourish, passing for 1,410 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last four games against South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. Then the 6-4 Cutler blew away the scouts during Senior Bowl practices with his cannon arm and quick release. ?He?s the No. 1 quarterback on my draft board,? said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. ?I have him ahead of Matt Leinart. I have him ahead of Vince Young. And I know after this week that some NFL scouts feel the same way.? Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans is coaching Cutler and the South squad. His team owns the third overall pick in the draft. Mike Nolan of the San Francisco 49ers is overseeing the North team. His club owns the second overall pick, although the Niners used the first overall pick on quarterback Alex Smith last season and are hoping that USC running back Reggie Bush will still be there at No. 2. The Titans may not be able to restructure quarterback Steve McNair?s contract, which includes a whopping $50 million bonus in March. Even if they do, the choice of taking Young or Cutler is a possibility. ?First of all, we think Steve is still a valuable asset to our team,? Fisher said. ?However, it is time to address the idea of preparing to replace him in the future.? So, even with Billy Volek as the backup to McNair, Fisher admits the Titans will look at drafting a quarterback and Cutler certainly has made an impression. ?He?s made the adjustments we?ve asked of him and has done a very nice job,? Fisher said. ?He takes very well to coaching.? And Cutler does not lack confidence. ?I think I?m right there with Matt (Leinart) and Vince Young in every aspect,? Cutler said.
Cutler Could Still Be First QB Taken