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Grade
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  • 4.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 102.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.48 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 225LBS. Weight

Overview

Blessed with first-round caliber arm strength, Painter was considered a top 100 prospect coming off an honorable mention All-Big Ten junior season (3,846 yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions). But like other senior quarterbacks in this draft, he struggled with consistency in 2008.

Painter completed just under 60 percent of his passes for 2,400 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, getting pulled in one game and missing all or part of three others with a separated right shoulder.

Although his arm and size are what scouts look for, most wonder how Painter can succeed in the NFL if he couldn't be efficient in Purdue's spread offense. His inability to handle pressure -- whether in the form of the blitz or in big-game situations -- raises questions about his ability to handle the mental pressure of the NFL. Had an arm span of 33 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Strengths: Good size and bulk for the position. Durable four-year starter from a system that produced starting NFL QBs Drew Brees (Saints) and Kyle Orton (Bears). Quick set up and delivery. Legitimate NFL arm strength and accuracy. Can make every NFL throw, showing the zip, touch and deep accuracy necessary to attack every level of the defense. When given time in the pocket, shows very good accuracy. Can hit the moving target, giving his receivers the opportunity to take advantage of their abilities to run after the catch. Not particularly athletic, but can roll out, square his shoulders and throw accurately on the move. Weaknesses: Struggles with pressure. Fails to feel the pocket collapsing around him and too often either absorbs hits or forces the ball into coverage. Will stare down his primary target and trusts his arm strength to put the ball into extraordinarily tight windows. Simply hasn't made the improvements throughout his career expected of a four-year starter. Has struggled in big-game situations. Missed time as a senior with a separated right shoulder that requires a medical check.
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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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