Photo of Hunter Cantwell
Grade
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  • 5.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 99.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 235LBS. Weight

Overview

Scouts hoped Cantwell's size and arm strength would allow him to emerge from the mediocre senior quarterback class, but it just didn't happen. He waited patiently behind 2008 second-round pick Brian Brohm for four years, showing enough in his limited playing time to pique NFL teams' interest.

But the 2008 season was not kind to Cantwell, as he completed less than 59 percent of his passes and threw as many touchdowns as interceptions (16). His poor decision-making, lack of mobility and elongated delivery overshadowed his size and arm strength.

Cantwell's willingness to drastically overhaul his delivery in one week at the East-West Shrine Game encouraged scouts that he has the commitment to take advantage of his obvious physical attributes. Still, with only 16 career starts, he is a considerable project. Had an arm span of 33 1/4 inches and a hand span of 10 1/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Prototypical drop-back quarterback in terms of size and arm strength. Good height, weight and body structure. Shows the ability to make all of the NFL throws, including the deep out from the opposite hash. Can lead the receiver and take advantage of his ability to create yardage after the catch. Can extend the play with his feet and will take what the defenses gives him as a scrambler after he has exhausted his passing options. Good intangibles. Demonstrated enough ability to have transferred elsewhere and played earlier in his career rather than backing up Brohm, but stayed true to the program. Courageous in the pocket. Willing to take a hit to complete the pass. Made drastic changes to his delivery during the week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game, speeding up his motion and impressing scouts with his dedication. Negatives: Only 16 games as a starter. Trusts his arm and too often is willing to take chances by throwing into coverage. Needs to learn to throw with better touch. Throws with too much velocity at times, making catches unnecessarily difficult for his receivers. Can avoid the rush by stepping up into the pocket, but isn't going to run away from anyone.
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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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