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Grade
5.2 ?
  • 5.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.36 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

His 11,284 career passing yards and 18 300-yard games are Ivy League records. 2011 Bushnell Cup Award Winner (Ivy Player of the Year), 2012 finalist. Since becoming full-time starter in 2011, never had fewer than 11 INTs; finished with 42 in career. 2013: Second-team All-Ivy. Averaged 328.1 passing yards per game, best in Ivy League. Threw for 400-plus yards 3 times. 2012: Second-team All-Ivy. Led the Ivy League in most passing categories. 2011: First-team All-Ivy. First sophomore to ever win Bushnell Cup. 3,412 passing yards, Ivy League record. 548 passing yards vs. Penn, Ivy League record. Started all 10 games. 2010: Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Played in 10 games, starting 5. High School: Ventura (Calif.) County Player of the Year as a senior. Misc: Was not offered a scholarship by any FBS team.

Analysis

Strengths

Experienced, four-year starter. Very good arm strength. Good decision maker -- works through progressions. Fine accuracy and placement -- places the ball well. Highly intelligent, extremely determined, vocal team leader with an intricate command of the offense. Is given a lot of pre-snap responsibility to read defenses and audible into the right play. Three-time team captain (first in Cornell history). Outstanding football intelligence. Fiery on-field temperament. Challenges his teammates. Good eyes, anticipation and awarenesss. Coach on the field. Is very tough and battles through injuries. Outstanding production -- re-wrote the school's record books.

Weaknesses

Marginal athlete. Limited mobility to avoid the rush and buy time with his feet. Can do a better job sensing pressure and hastening his release. Relies too much on his arm. Accuracy diminishes on the move. Struggles to manipulate his arm and release the ball from multiple angles. Average setup and release quickness.

Bottom Line

Very driven, Ivy-League pocket passer with physical limitations that could relegate him to a backup role in the pros. Is the type who can be trusted to step in with limited practice reps and finish a game. Might have the most long-term potential as a coach, yet has the intangible qualities that could allow him to stick in the league for 10-plus years. Has traits to surprise as a spot-starter once he acclimates to the pro game.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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