Photo of Drew Willy
Grade
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  • 4.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 215LBS. Weight

Overview

Willy is one of a handful of potential late-round draft prospects at quarterback because of his prototypical height and production as a four-year starter. His play improved every season, leading to a strong senior season: 65 percent completion rate, 3,304 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Willy also gained national attention with a game-winning Hail Mary touchdown against Temple in September; the play was a finalist for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the year.

Willy's arm strength won't wow scouts, but that's not the only prerequisite for the position. His intelligence, size and poise may lead to his name being called on the second day of the draft. Had an arm span of 32 3/4 inches and a hand span of 9 3/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good height for the position. Good anticipation and at least adequate accuracy on short and intermediate routes. Scans the field well and can look off the defender and come back to his initial target. Athletic enough to buy some time in the pocket and take what the defense gives him as a scrambler. Good intangibles. Poised in the pocket. Confident. Four-year starting quarterback who helped turn Buffalo into a winning program. Negatives: Operates out of the spread offense and his statistics are inflated. May lack the arm strength needed to complete every NFL throw. Good straight-line speed, but has only marginal velocity and accuracy when throwing on the move. A bit slow in his windup and delivery. Likes to dropdown to a three-quarter release, which will lead to tipped passes at the next level. Thumb injury that finished his 2006 season prematurely will have to be checked.
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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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