Quarterbacks from Southern California have developed a less than sterling reputation at the NFL level.
A while back I started building a list of SoCal QBs to see how deserved that rep might be and got discouraged enough as I went along to put it aside.
I'm certain it's incomplete, I only added Rob Hertel in the last scan and I'll bet there are a bunch of others. I decided to push it out in part because of this Jason Cole piece Sorry SoCal story: Abysmal run of QBs from region has NFL personnel searching for answers and to make it easier for the next guy doing a SoCal list to get started.
One thing that does intrigue me every time I look at the list is how often the QBs come in batches from the same small area. I have no hypothesis on why that is, only the observation.
Code:Year Player Round Area 2013 Matt Barkley ??? Santa Ana 2012 Ryan Lindley 6 Lakeside 2010 Jimmy Clausen 2 Thousand Oaks 2009 Mark Sanchez 1 Mission Viejo 2009 Rudy Carpenter UDFA Thousand Oaks 2008 Kevin O'Connell 3 Carlsbad 2007 Matt Moore UDFA Canyon Country 2006 Matt Leinart 1 Santa Ana 2005 Alex Smith 1 La Mesa 2005 Matt Cassel 7 Northridge 2004 J.P. Losman 1 Los Angeles 2003 Carson Palmer 1 Rancho Santa Margarita 2003 Kyle Boller 1 Santa Clarita 1999 Akili Smith 1 San Diego 1997 Pat Barnes 4 Mission Viejo 1996 Tony Banks 2 San Diego 1996 Kyle Wachholtz 7 Norco 1995 Rob Johnson 4 Lake Forest 1995 Chad May 4 La Verne 1995 Steve Stenstrom 4 Lake Forest 1994 Perry Klein 4 Los Angeles 1991 Dan McGwire 1 Claremont 1991 Todd Marinovich 1 Santa Ana 1991 Pat O'Hara 10 Santa Monica 1989 Jeff Carlson 4 Garden Grove 1987 Steve Beuerlein 4 Anaheim 1985 Randall Cunningham 2 Santa Barbara 1985 Sean Salisbury UDFA Escondido 1984 Jay Schroeder 3 Los Angeles 1983 John Elway 1 Los Angeles 1983 Tom Ramsey 10 Los Angeles 1980 Paul McDonald 4 Montebello 1980 Turk Schonert 9 Anaheim 1978 Rob Hertel 5 Montebello 1975 Pat Haden 7 La Puente