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John Skelton (QB)
  • Height:
    6'5"
  • Weight:
    243 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Fordham
  • Conference:
    Patriot League
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Selected by: Arizona Cardinals
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 24 (155)
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Pick Analysis: The Cardinals aggressively trade up to nab an intriguing quarterback prospect in John Skelton. The big-armed thrower from Fordham has a good skill set, and is ideally suited to play in the Cardinals' wide-open offense. He will be an interesting player to watch develop behind Matt Leinart and Co. in Arizona.

Overview

Skelton is a good-sized quarterback with a major league arm. The problem is that he does not know how to use his arm to his advantage. He tends to rely on arm strength alone, when throwing the ball and does not do a good job of getting his feet set under him when throwing from the pocket. He can throw on the move, but his accuracy suffers a lot. He will need a ton of work when it comes to reading NFL coverages and going through his progressions as he looks for the best target. Teams may get too enamored with his arm strength and overlook how much development it will take before he is ready to play.


Strengths

Skelton possesses prototypical height and bulk. Has excellent arm strength to make all the NFL throws. Generates great zip on the ball and can fit it into tight spots. Fluid athlete who avoids the rush and gains positive yards scrambling when receivers are covered.

Weaknesses

Does not always set his feet when he throws, which results in a lot of errant passes. Overconfident in his arm strength and forces too many throws. Struggles reading coverage and does not show the ability to consistently find his second and third options. Played at the Division 1AA level and will have a steep learning curve.

Grade

6.8

 
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