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  • 4.79 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 228LBS. Weight

Overview

Matt Flynn was a top quarterback prospect coming out of the state of Texas and hoped to be the featured quarterback at LSU. He was listed third on the depth chart behind Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell during his freshman season with the Tigers.

Flynn again lost the battle for the starting job -- to Russell -- the following season, spending the 2005-06 campaigns as the caddy for the first choice in the 2007 NFL Draft. With Russell bolting a year early for the professional ranks, the senior passer was primed to take over full-time signal-calling duties in 2007.

A right ankle injury vs. Virginia Tech would sideline Flynn for the Middle Tennessee State clash in '07. Even before the injury, he saw some of his playing time deferred to Ryan Perrilloux. Even when Flynn returned to the lineup the following game, the coaching staff was so pleased with the performance of Perrilloux, they decided to alternate the two behind center, based on situations. A problem with that decision arose, as Flynn struggled to maintain his rhythm while shuttling in and out of the lineup.

At Robert E. Lee High School, Flynn was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the state of Texas and ranked the No. 20 quarterback in the country by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and ESPN.com. He was a member of the Super Prep Texas 124 team, adding Dallas Morning News Texas Top 100 and the Tyler Morning Telegraph All-East Texas Football Team honors.

As a senior, he completed 124-of-206 passes for 1,679 yards and nine touchdowns with 305 yards rushing and 12 scores. He showed his dedication and toughness by leading the Red Raiders to a semifinal appearance in one of the toughest classifications in Texas despite playing his last four games with a broken foot.

As a junior, Flynn connected on 101-of-199 passes for 1,650 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He guided his team to a Class 5A playoff appearance, but lost to eventual state champion Mesquite.

Flynn enrolled at Louisiana State in 2003, spending the season performing on the scout team. Listed third on the depth chart at quarterback in '03, he spent most of that season as the holder for field goals and placements. He managed some playing time on offense (appeared at quarterback in four of 12 contests), hitting on 4-of-10 attempts for 99 yards and a touchdown.

As a sophomore, Flynn participated in 13 games, lining up at quarterback in seven of those games. He threw for 457 yards, seven touchdowns and an interception on 27-of-48 tries (56.2%). He earned his first career start vs. Miami in the Peach Bowl, earning Game MVP honors. In the North Texas clash, he became the first non-starter in school history to throw three touchdowns in a quarter.

In 2006, Flynn again served as the team's holder in all 13 games and appeared under center in 10 contests. He completed 12-of-20 passes (60.0%) for 133 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 13 times for 86 yards (6.6-yard average) and a score.

As a senior, Flynn started five of the team's first six games. An ankle injury in the second game vs. Virginia Tech would limit his mobility the rest of the season. He was successful on 202-of-359 throws (56.3%) for 2,407 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He added four scores with 215 yards on 100 rushing attempts (2.2-yard average) and amassed 2,622 yards in total offense.

Flynn has appeared in a total of 50 games at Louisiana State, including 33 as a quarterback, starting 12 games at that position. He completed 245-of-437 passes (56.1%) for 3,096 yards, 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He carried 128 times for 340 yards (2.7-yard average) and five scores. On 565 plays, he amassed 3,436 yards in total offense. He fumbled three times and was sacked 35 times for losses totaling 258 yards.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Has a well-developed upper body with a thick chest, broad shoulders, tight waist, muscular arms, thick thighs and tapered calves...Good decision-maker who is a valid threat to gain yardage with his feet...Cool under pressure and has the mobility and vision to tuck the ball and locate the cutback lanes on the draw...More of a straight-line runner (stiff hips make it tough for him to fluidly redirect), but he can throw on the move...Knows when he needs to pull the ball down and run with it, but is not the type that will get "happy feet," as he goes through his progressions to locate a secondary target before bolting...Solid competitor who never complained about his lack of playing time during his time as a reserve...Efficient holder who fields the ball cleanly and gets it down with the threads properly aligned for the kicker...Has the long legs to stride back from center to quickly reach his throwing point...Not the type that will force the issue and fire into the crowd just for the sake of making the play and will either throw it away or run with the ball when his targets are covered...Remains calm as the pocket is collapsing, doing a nice job of stepping up and out to avoid...Calm on the field and has good command in the huddle...Very effective at getting the ball to his receivers without having his targets needing to adjust to the ball on short-to-intermediate throws...Generates good placement when leading his receivers to the ball...When he spots rush lanes, he demonstrates good ball security tucking the ball and running with it...Has the timing needed to hit the receivers before they come out of their cuts...When going through his progressions, he is quick to locate his second and third receiving outlets...Has good accuracy throwing from the outside hash and is very good sliding out of the pocket, squaring his shoulders and driving through arm tackles...Well-prepared athlete who puts in the extra hours in the film room studying tapes...Keeps his attention downfield under the pass rush and spreads the ball around... His anticipation and timing continued to improve with increased reps as a senior...Throws a tight spiral and while he might not have a "big arm," he can drill the ball in a seam (better on intermediate throws)...Will force the ball on occasion, but generally throws it away when his targets are covered...When he feels backside pressure, he has the feet and balance to step in and out of the pocket...Does not lock on to his target, doing a decent job of going through his progressions...Has the vision to scan the field and is efficient connecting with his receivers on roll-outs and from the outside hashes. Negatives: Has good accuracy in the short area, but does not have the arm strength to consistently air the ball out...Sometimes telegraphs throws, as he tends to pat it before throwing...Shows good mobility on the move, but is more of a straight-line runner who does not have the change-of-direction agility to quickly hit the cutback lane...Can make some of his deep throws, but those attempts lack velocity and zip to keep it away from the defenders...Needs to develop more consistency coming over the top with his delivery, as he tends to wind up a bit...His release point is low, resulting in a fair share of passes being deflected...When he steps into throws, he is adequate firing in the seams, but lacks velocity...Needs to work on putting the ball out in front of the target on deep routes...Has good bulk, but lacks the ideal height you look for in a quarterback...Has good mobility and is not the type that gets "happy feet," but will more often than not run with the ball rather than sidestep when meeting up with the blitz...Had a string of at least one turnover seven consecutive games...Most of those picks came when he generated a bit of a wind-up in his over-the-top release. Compares To: RYAN FITZPATRICK-Cincinnati...Flynn has minimal starting experience, but is a very effective scrambling quarterback with excellent straight-line speed for a quarterback. He doesn't have "happy feet," but you would like to see him stay in the pocket. He has good touch and accuracy in the short-to-intermediate areas, but some question his deep-passing skills, as he loses velocity on longer throws, especially when firing on the move. With his athletic ability, he has a chance to carry a clipboard at the next level, but his minimal opportunities as a starter, combined with a just adequate senior campaign (possibly due to lingering ankle issues) might make GMs hesitant to invest a draft choice until much later in the draft.
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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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