Photo of Graham Harrell
Grade
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  • 5.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 98.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.45 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 223LBS. Weight

Overview

Harrell's skills may translate to the next level, despite coach Mike Leach's spread offense and the lack of NFL success for previous Tech quarterbacks. He was a finalist for multiple 2008 awards after putting up huge passing numbers (5,111 yards, 45 touchdowns, nine interceptions) and leading his team to a one-loss regular season. This former Texas Gatorade High School Player of the Year and three-year starter accumulated 15,793 passing yards in his career. Harrell also won the Gator Bowl MVP his junior season after the Raiders' second consecutive come-from-behind bowl victory. Had an arm span of 31 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Strengths: Intelligent leader who does not lack for poise. His head and feet are calm in the pocket. Very accurate on short and intermediate routes. A decisive, one-read quarterback, but is able to go through progressions when pressed. Can look off deep safeties to hit underneath routes. Shows some mobility in the pocket. Throws accurately off his back foot, from different arm angles and on the run in either direction. Works hard to get great timing with receivers. Better arm than he's given credit for, able to throw the 18-yard out from the opposite hash with adequate velocity. Has the athleticism to buy time in or outside of the pocket or pick up first downs with his feet -- although he was not often asked to so do. Makes good decisions, and throws the ball away when needed. Gets the ball out quickly without extraneous movement. Weaknesses: Only average size for the position, although he did seem to see the field well behind a NFL-sized offensive line. Worked primarily out of the shotgun, although he went under center occasionally in 2008. Tech's wide offensive line splits give him a larger pocket and bigger passing lanes than he'll see in the NFL. Will struggle with accuracy when pressured. Does not have a cannon arm for the vertical game, lacks accuracy on touch throws deep down the sideline. Passing yardage statistics padded by long runs after the catch in the spread offense.
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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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