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Grade
5.65 ?
  • 4.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 99.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 220LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Two-time starting quarterback for national champion Crimson Tide. All four career losses came against teams ranked in the top 15. 2013: Second-team All-SEC and third-team AP All-American selection. Was Maxwell Award Winner (given to college football's player of the year) and a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner. Was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien and Walter Camp awards. Finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. 2012: Second-team All-SEC and third-team AP All-American selection. Was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards, and a finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Started in all 14 games. Had four touchdown passes in BCS National Championship win over Notre Dame. 2011: Started in all 13 games. Threw for 234 yards in BCS National Championship win over LSU. 2010: Played in all 13 games, including eight at quarterback. Was the primary holder on field goals and extra points. 2009: Redshirted. High School: SuperPrep All-American and U.S. Army All-American. Was No. 7 pro-style quarterback according to Rivals. Misc.: Dating IMG Model and Miss Alabama USA 2012 Katherine Webb.

Analysis

Strengths

Well-versed operating a pro-style offense and makes NFL-style progression reads. Is comfortable working from under center and in the gun. Mobile enough to sidestep the first wave. Good field vision, timing and anticipation. Very good short-to-intermediate accuracy (evidenced by a 66.9 percent career completion rate). Throws with accuracy on the move -- good wrist snap. Delivers the ball under duress. Has enough arm strength to fit the ball into spots. Consistent throwing mechanics -- has a smooth stroke. Good caretaker and decision-maker. Mature leader. Smart and articulate. Highly competitive team leader -- holds teammates accountable. Very well-prepared. Directed back-to-back national championship offenses.

Weaknesses

Surrounded by an NFL-caliber supporting cast with a very good offensive line that provides a lot of time to dissect the field. Does not have a big-time, vertical arm. Average athlete. Makes occasional bone-headed decisions. Heaves the deep ball and forces receivers to make adjustments. Does not drive the deep out.

Bottom Line

An efficient game-managing quarterback who has shown he can carry an offense at times throughout his career, but more often is dependent on a terrific supporting cast. Grades out most highly for his intangibles and decision-making, knowing when and where to go with the ball, and could earn an NFL starting job.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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