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Curtis Painter (QB)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 225
College: Purdue
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Vincennes, IN
High School: Lincoln
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 28 (201)
Pick Analysis: Colts president Bill Polian went up to watch Curtis Painter in person at least twice this past year. Painter had an excellent junior season, but he was hindered by having a team that struggled his senior season. He will come in to compete as the third-string quarterback in Indy.
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Blessed with first-round caliber arm strength, Painter was considered a top 100 prospect coming off an honorable mention All-Big Ten junior season (3,846 yards, 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions). But like other senior quarterbacks in this draft, he struggled with consistency in 2008.

Painter completed just under 60 percent of his passes for 2,400 yards with 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, getting pulled in one game and missing all or part of three others with a separated right shoulder.

Although his arm and size are what scouts look for, most wonder how Painter can succeed in the NFL if he couldn't be efficient in Purdue's spread offense. His inability to handle pressure -- whether in the form of the blitz or in big-game situations -- raises questions about his ability to handle the mental pressure of the NFL. Had an arm span of 33 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.

High School

Ranked as No. 21 pro-style quarterback in nation and No. 5 player in Indiana by ... listed No. 84 among Midwest players by SuperPrep ... All-American by PrepStar ... completed 106 of 207 passes (51 percent) for 1,787 yards and 16 touchdowns en route to being named all-state, all-area and all-conference as senior ... rushed for 274 yards on 96 carries (2.9 average) and five touchdowns ... finalist on Mr. Football ballot ... team went 11-2 and won conference and sectional championships ... received American Legion Mental Attitude Award ... selected for Indiana All-Star Game ... as junior completed 129 of 237 passes (54.4 percent) for 2,122 yards and 22 touchdowns ... rushed for 524 yards on 121 carries (4.3 average) and 12 touchdowns ... had three-year record of 28-7 with 4,946 passing yards, 49 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns ... holds school career records for passing attempts (618), completions (304), yards (5,039) and touchdowns (49) ... coach was Mike Hidde ... also played baseball and basketball.

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Strengths: Good size and bulk for the position. Durable four-year starter from a system that produced starting NFL QBs Drew Brees (Saints) and Kyle Orton (Bears). Quick set up and delivery. Legitimate NFL arm strength and accuracy. Can make every NFL throw, showing the zip, touch and deep accuracy necessary to attack every level of the defense. When given time in the pocket, shows very good accuracy. Can hit the moving target, giving his receivers the opportunity to take advantage of their abilities to run after the catch. Not particularly athletic, but can roll out, square his shoulders and throw accurately on the move.

Weaknesses: Struggles with pressure. Fails to feel the pocket collapsing around him and too often either absorbs hits or forces the ball into coverage. Will stare down his primary target and trusts his arm strength to put the ball into extraordinarily tight windows. Simply hasn't made the improvements throughout his career expected of a four-year starter. Has struggled in big-game situations. Missed time as a senior with a separated right shoulder that requires a medical check.

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