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  • 4.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'5" Height
  • 220LBS. Weight


Brandstater is the latest Fresno State quarterback on the NFL's radar, although the three-year starter's raw skills still need a bit of polishing. His size, arm strength and surprising mobility make him an intriguing prospect, however - especially in a weak class of signal-callers. His statistics declined in 2008, completing only 59.6 percent of his passes after achieving a 65.6 percent rate in 2007 while his interceptions grew from five to 12. But his potential and tools will undoubtedly remind scouts of a mid-round mixture of 2007 draftees Joe Flacco and Kevin O'Connell. Had an arm span of 31 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/2 inches at the combine.



Positives: Very good height and adequate build for the position. Despite his size, his feet are good enough to be effective on the bootleg and moving within the pocket. Good arm strength for short and intermediate routes, and is improving his accuracy on those throws. Has an efficient delivery. Shows some touch on shorter routes, taking a bit off the throw. Operates from under center and the shotgun. Not afraid of contact, and will attempt to block (cut or otherwise) on reverses or even downfield. Good hand work on play fakes. Throws accurately running to his right. Negatives: Converted high school safety. Regressed in his decision-making in 2008. Generated a lot of yardage on quick throws from a spread offense look. Does not make a great deep throw, more often than not floating it up for grabs. Struggles to get the ball between linebackers and safeties on deeper routes. Bird-dogs his primary receiver at times, but is improving at looking off coverage and going through progressions. Tries to float passes to open targets instead of just throwing the ball. Not consistent with his spiral, as the ball will come out of his hand a bit wobbly. Will not threaten a defense with the big run, although he does switch the ball to his outside hand to secure it in the open.
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.