Photo of Zac Dysert
Drafted By: Broncos

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Grade
83.5 ?

Draft Analysis:

"Dysert has very good accuracy; he's a good bootleg-type of passer with the arm strength to throw long." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 231LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

It’s easy to finger Dysert (pronounced DYE-sert) as another MAC quarterback piquing the interest of NFL general managers, especially when he’s leading the same Miami team for which Ben Roethlisberger played before winning two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Over his four years starting, Dysert ended up breaking Roethlisberger’s school career passing attempts, completions, and yardage records. So it’s natural for teams to watch him closely in the hopes his skill set will translate similarly to Roethlisberger’s (even if he doesn’t quite possess Roethlisberger’s arm strength or bulk) at the next level.


Dysert pulled down 2007 Ohio state high school player of the year honors (an award also won by Roethlisberger when he was an Ohio prep) despite relinquishing his quarterback duties for three-plus games due to a broken thumb; maybe the fact he moved to wide receiver and played linebacker during those games swayed the voters to give him the title. Dysert won the team’s scout player of the year award during his redshirt season of 2008 before playing in 11 games, with nine starts, the following season (2,611 yards, 61.6% completion rate, 12 touchdowns, 16 interceptions). He continued his progression as a passer as a sophomore (2,406, 64.7 percent, 13, 12), starting the first 10 games before suffering a lacerated kidney. The injury prevented Dysert from passing over the last four games, though he did return as the team’s placeholder for their GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Middle Tennessee State. He stayed healthy throughout the 2011 season, starting every game, passing for 3,513 yards and greatly improving his completion percentage (65.8) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (23-11). The Redhawks struggled during his senior season, going through a scheme change and posting a 4-8 record, but Dysert’s production remained steady (3,483, 62.9 percent, 25 touchdowns, 12 interceptions), earning him third-team All-MAC honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Looks like an NFL quarterback, and has more room to add muscle to his frame. Keeps a solid base, active feet, and has a reliable over-the-top delivery for his accurate passes to all levels of the field. Good athlete for his size, able to sidestep and run away from blitzers in the backfield while usually keeping his eyes downfield to see if a receiver breaks open. Picks up first downs, or simply gets something out of nothing, with his feet. Shows the strength, in terms of body and arm, to get passes off with defenders hanging off his body in the pocket. Will get out of bounds instead of taking a hit on the run. Has experience both under center and in shotgun, but played in more of a shotgun spread scheme during his senior year. Flashes anticipation on crossing routes to hit his man on the run. Throws accurately on the move to his left or right, and will stop to set his feet if there’s time on moving pockets. His arm is strong enough to fling the ball 40 yards downfield on the run, and also to throw in tight windows over the middle. Flashes great placement on fades and sideline throws, puts ball on his man’s shoulder where only he can catch it. Good strength to pull down the ball at the last minute as well as step through tackle attempts in the pocket. Communicates with receivers pre-snap if he sees something worth exploiting in the defense. Big body and quick feet are helpful on quarterback sneaks. Mechanically sound overall. Has held for placement kicks.

Weaknesses

Pocket poise needs to improve; takes off from the pocket if his primary read is covered or he sees pressure, but is also inconsistent feeling backside rushers. Needs to prove he can find check-downs and secondary options from the pocket. Will stare down his target, allowing defenders to follow his eyes to the ball. Accuracy in the intermediate portion of the field can be streaky. Straight-line speed and elusiveness aren’t elite, quicker NFL defenders will track him down in the pocket and will make him pay for running too often. May have picked up bad habits playing for an undermanned team. Can be prone to over-improvisation and trusts his arm too much at times, throwing balls up for grabs or across his body into traffic over the middle.

NFL Comparison

Ben Roethlisberger

Bottom Line

Dysert reminded scouts a bit of Roethlisberger by displaying toughness and more of a playmaker’s game than pure efficiency during his breakout 2011 season (3,513 passing yards, 65.8 percent completion rate, 23 touchdowns). He does not quite possess the two-time Super Bowl champ’s elite arm and bulk, but still has enough of both – along with the athleticism and deft passing touch to make NFL-caliber plays on the run – to become one of the top passers in the class. His career flew somewhat under the radar in the MAC conference, but has the size, arm, accuracy, athleticism, and production that NFL teams covet.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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