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Grade
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  • 5.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.10 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 215LBS. Weight

Overview

Despite less than impressive statistics as a senior (51 percent completion rate, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions), Hoyer ranks as one of the more intriguing senior quarterbacks prospects due to his combination of size, arm-strength and accuracy. With so many college offenses predicated on the spread attack, some scouts are especially willing to give Hoyer a bit of a break with regards to his senior year statistics because of the Spartans' run-first offense and his receivers' propensity to drop passes.

Savvy scouts also look back to 2007, when Hoyer was blessed with a legitimate NFL-caliber receiver in Devin Thomas (now with the Washington Redskins) and passed for 2,725 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In a weak quarterback class, Hoyer's solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game could result in a middle-round selection. Had an arm span of 32 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: At least adequate height and bulk for the position. Efficient game-manager. Reads defenses well and checks down quickly. Efficient setup and delivery. Good footwork. Over the top release. Throws the ball with enough zip to make every NFL throw. Good overall accuracy, especially in the short to intermediate areas. Can step up in the pocket to avoid the pass rush. Keeps his eyes downfield. Delivers a catchable ball that allows his receivers to make yardage after the catch. Stood out at the East-West Shrine Game practices as the group's best and most consistent passer. Negatives: Wildly inconsistent. Doesn't sense the pocket collapsing and will take the big hit. Has struggled with locking onto his primary receiver at times. Blessed with an NFL-caliber receiver and tight end in 2007 and struggled in 2008 without them. Has enough tools to consider late, but isn't special in terms of arm strength, size or accuracy. Struggled a bit in both of his bowl game starts, finishing with two touchdowns to five interceptions in a pair of losses.
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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.
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