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Vince Young Is Delusional About His Ability at Quarterback

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Vince Young #10 of the Buffalo Bills makes a pass before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 17, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Gary DavenportNFL AnalystMarch 6, 2013

As the NFL draft approaches, colleges across the country are holding their pro days. When the University of Texas conducts its event on March 26th, a Heisman Trophy finalist will be among those participating.

NFL teams would be well-advised to take note of that quarterback, because he's better than most of the players at his position in the league.

Don't believe me? Just ask him.

The quarterback in question is none other than Vince Young, who sat out the 2012 season after being released by the Buffalo Bills last August.

As Kareem Copeland of NFL.com reports, Young appeared on "NFL AM" on Wednesday and gave a jaw-dropping assessment of his abilities, saying, "I really feel like I can do a much better job than a lot of, most quarterbacks in the league."

For real. He actually said that. Out loud and everything.

I get that quarterbacks are a confident bunch, but there's a line between confidence and delusion.

Young just blew past that line at about 600 miles an hour.

Granted, Young is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006.

However, the first year of his career was also his best.

In that rookie season, Young set a career high in touchdown passes, an NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback and passed for the second-highest yardage total of his career.

With that said, that career high in touchdown throws was all of 12, he threw for only 2,199 yards and it's been downhill ever since.

Over his six NFL seasons, Young has completed less than 58 percent of his passes. He's thrown five more interceptions than touchdowns, and in his entire career, Young has thrown only three more scoring strikes than Drew Brees did last year alone.

Young's career quarterback rating of 74.4 trails such luminaries as Chad Henne, David Carr, Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Batch.

The Tennessee Titans thought so much of Young's ability to "do a much better job than a lot of, most quarterbacks in the league" that they cut him loose in 2011.

The Philadelphia Eagles let him go last year. So did the Buffalo Bills after only three months with the team.

Mind you, this doesn't mean that some NFL club won't sign Young—especially if he performs well in Austin later this month. There are several NFL teams desperate for help at quarterback and mobile signal-callers are all the rage in the NFL right now.

Still, either Vince Young has a very different definition of "most" than we're accustomed to or he's out of his ever-loving mind.

I think I'm going to go with the latter.

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