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  • 6'5" Height
  • 224LBS. Weight

Overview

Since Andre' Woodson's first start as a sophomore, there were signs of a revival of sorts for the Kentucky football program.

After a solid junior campaign, he guided UK to the 2006 Music City Bowl, the team's first postseason appearance since the 1999 season. He again led the Wildcats to the Music City Bowl in 2007, earning game MVP honors.

The team captain threw for 31 touchdowns in 2006, the fourth-best season total in Kentucky history, and followed that up by setting school and Southeastern Conference records with 40 TD passes in '07. He boats the two longest strings of consecutive passes thrown without an interception in school history, producing one stretch of 153 attempts from 2004-05 and then a new NCAA record with a string of 325 tosses without throwing a pick from 2006-07, shattering the previous national mark of 271 throws by Trent Dilfer of Fresno State in 1993.

Woodson was rated one of the nation's top quarterback prospects in 2002 at North Hardin High School. The four-year letterman and three-year starter threw for more than 1,000 yards in each of his last three seasons, helping lead the school to four straight Class AAAA playoff appearances. He was named to the "Class of the Commonwealth" -- a collection of the top 22 seniors in Kentucky as named by the Lexington Herald-Leader -- and named honorable mention All-State as a senior. He was also a two-time All-District and All-Area choice.

A relative unknown as a prospect through his junior season, Woodson was on the national radar after eye-opening performances at a Nike camp and the "Elite 11" quarterback camp in California before his senior season. He would go on to rank second among state prospects in Kentucky and was rated the seventh-best quarterback in the nation, adding All-American honors from Rivals.com and Prep Star. In his top game as a senior, he threw for 300 yards and six touchdowns vs. Bullitt Central High.

Woodson also lettered four times in basketball. He was a first-team All-State selection by the Louisville Courier-Journal as a senior, averaging 15.5 points and eight rebounds while leading the team in assists with 90. He also garnered third-team All-State recognition as a junior, along with All-Region and All-District honors while leading the team to the state tournament each of his last three seasons. He was named to the All-State tournament team as a junior and senior. He also lettered twice in track, participating in the high jump and the 4x100-, 4x200-, and 4x400-meter relays.

Woodson enrolled at Kentucky in 2003, turning down scholarship offers from Tennessee and Penn State. He redshirted, and then saw action in seven games in 2004, earning his first career start vs. Auburn. He would go on to hit on 54-of-88 passes (61.4%) with two touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked 14 times for minus-80 yards and had seven fumbles, losing five.

As a sophomore, Woodson started all 11 games. He amassed 1,644 yards passing with six touchdowns and six interceptions on 146-of-253 attempts (57.7%). He also caught a five-yard pass and rushed 57 times for minus-133 yards and a score. However, he also turned the ball over five times on seven fumbles and was sacked 30 times for losses totaling 198 yards.

Woodson earned team Most Valuable Player and All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors in 2006. He ranked 13th in the nation in pass efficiency (154.55 rating) and 12th in total offense, averaging 259.85 yards per game. He led the conference with 3,515 yards (fourth-best season total in school history) and 31 touchdowns while completing 63.0% of his attempts (264-of-419) in 13 games.

His 31 scoring strikes rank fourth on the school's single-season list, topped only by Tim Couch's 37 touchdowns in 1997 and 36 in '98, and Woodson's SEC-record 40 scores in 2007. He turned the ball over once on three fumbles and was intercepted only seven times. He registered a solo tackle, but was sacked 26 times for losses of 264 yards.

Woodson led the team to an 8-5 record that included a victory over rival Louisville during the 2007 season. The All-SEC second-team pick and team MVP ranked second in the league in total offense (270.46 yards per game) and passing efficiency (144.51 rating), as he completed 327-of-518 passes (63.1%) for 3,709 yards, 40 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He scored three times on 69 carries, but turned the ball over four times on six fumbles.

In 44 games at Kentucky, Woodson started 38 times. He completed 791-of-1,278 pass attempts (61.89%) for 9,360 yards, 79 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. He carried the ball 232 times for losses totaling 490 yards and scored five times. He participated in 1,510 plays for the Wildcats, gaining 8,870 yards in total offense, an average of 201.59 yards per game. He recorded one solo tackle and had a five-yard reception. He was sacked 118 times for losses totaling 824 yards (6.98 yards per sack), turned the ball over 15 times on 23 fumbles and had 147 of his passes deflected by the opposition.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Has a tall, athletic frame with long limbs, large hands, smooth calves and muscle tone, but needs to control his weight (shed some bulk during the 2007 offseason and now looks more mobile moving around in the pocket)...Demonstrates the fluid range of motion to put all of his power behind his follow-through when passing...Can buy time scrambling in the pocket and shows the arm strength to make throws on the move, as he has the velocity needed to get the ball deep...Has made very good strides in his timing and shows much better field vision than he did in the past...Sets up quickly, displaying decent throwing mechanics and precision in the intermediate passing game, along with the play-action agility to throw on the move, thanks to good foot balance...Picks up coverages and schemes well, doing a nice job of reading the defense, as he would much rather eat the ball and take a sack that throw it into tight areas...Quick to call audibles and generally makes good pre-snap judgment calls, as the coaches displayed confidence in giving him freedom to change the plays at the line of scrimmage...Good clock manager who has taken to his leadership-by-example role better than when asked to be a vocal one...As a game manager, he can keep the plays alive and buy time for his targets by stepping up in the pocket or scrambling around to make the completion...Quick to get his feet set driving back from center, showing the back-foot press to gain separation and get to his pass-set point...His balance and nimble feet moving in the pocket help him greatly in play-action situations...Has the arm strength to thread the ball through traffic and did a better job of handling progressions...Has the mental makeup to call his own game and did a better job of picking up stunts and blitzes as a junior and senior than he did earlier in his career...Can throw the deep outs with good consistency, as he has the wrist flick and ball-placement skills to loft the ball into the soft areas or go over the top of the defender firing deep...Despite his wind-up motion, the ball comes out cleanly and smoothly due to his wrist action...Can get the ball downfield effortlessly and has the strength to make his throws from the opposite hash...Has developed better touch on his deep throws, as he can feather the pass away from the defender and drop it into his receivers hands, but when he throws off the wrong foot, his passes lack touch...No longer locks on to his primary target and will scan the field to find his secondary receivers, even though that will sometimes result in him getting sacked or being too late to hit those third-option targets in stride...Most of his success throwing deep came vs. Cover-2 defenses, as he can get the ball over the outside shoulder of the receivers operating along the perimeter or when executing on crossing patterns...One of the toughest pocket passers as you will find he knows how to use his size to stand tall in the pocket...Won't flinch standing under pressure and taking the hit or sack rather than coming up with a costly interception. Negatives: Has just 7.5% body fat, but looked sluggish at times running with the ball in 2006, as he played close to 250 pounds...Is a bit high-cut with his long limbs, looking more like a basketball player than displaying a classic QB frame...Shows smooth feet on the move in the backfield, but is not a threat to take the ball long distances...For a player of his size, he is more mobile escaping pressure, but seems to lack awareness for cutback lanes or the "vision" to avoid defenders when forced to tuck and run with the ball...When asked to be more of a take-charge type in the huddle, he looks a bit uncomfortable in that role and must continue his development in this area...Smooth and efficient when setting up to throw, but must be aware that he has to do it quicker than most quarterbacks in order to compensate for his long, deliberate throwing motion...Must refine his foot placement through his delivery (will throw off the wrong foot), but he does a good job of carrying out fakes...Patient in the pocket, but must throw the ball away more rather than take sacks when his targets are covered (118 sacks resulted in 23 fumbles through 44 games)...His patience can also be a detriment, as most of his sacks come from his slower-than-ideal progression reads, as he is not always instant in locating his secondary targets...Has an adequate release, as his wind-up motion causes defenses to adjust to his long throws at times...Has good pass set-up quickness, but he sometimes runs his feet too much and needs to do a better job of squaring with changes in his throws...Shows a tendency of throwing and releasing the ball outside his frame and away from his body...Struggles some with his accuracy in the short area, with most of those problems occuring when firing along the boundaries...Carries the ball too low and this results in him firing from his hip, causing more than a fair share of his underneath passes getting batted down by the defense at the line of scrimmage...Can throw from the outside hashes, but needs to refine his mechanics and start using a higher release point...His accuracy and consistency with his short throws are better when he stays in the pocket rather than throwing when flushed out...From the outside hash, he will sometimes lead too much and his receivers are forced to adjust...Does not get rattled or panic when his primary target is covered, but with his quiet nature and previous confidence issues, he has yet to develop that take-charge attitude in the huddle...Will expose the football when running, resulting in fumble issues, as he keeps the ball away from his body trying to elude pressure and run with the ball...Has the change-of-direction agility to get out of the pocket and pick up yardage on the QB draw, but is not a threat to go long distances, as he will get too erect in his running stride. Compares To: JASON CAMPBELL-Washington...Woodson seems to be more effective standing in the pocket and airing it out. He lacks accuracy and touch when aimed at targets in the short area, especially when forced to throw on the move. He can buy time with his feet in the backfield, but is no threat as a runner. He needs to develop a take-charge attitude, as his leadership skills have yet to fully evolve. He has the size and arm strength you look for in a starting quarterback, but there are several areas of his game --leadership, scrambling, short-area accuracy -- that need to be addressed before he can compete at the next level. While he is an impressive athlete, he must control his weight. Many experts list him as the best QB in the 2008 draft, but despite the media attention, there are still mechanical flaws in his release and delivery and a lack of ideal mobility to consider any of these QB prospects worthy of early first-round consideration. With his lack of leadership skills, he could turn into another Akili Smith (ex-Cincinnati).
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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.