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Drafted By: Chiefs
Grade
5.09 ?

Draft Analysis:

"Andy Reid values these guys. Now you bring in a guy who will compete to be the No. 3 guy against Tyler Bray in Year 1. I think it's pretty simple, they paid Chase Daniel big money last year. You're lucky to get through a season with your No. 1 guy. They have Bray, who has a ton of arm talent. Now, they bring in a kid as clean as can be. The Chiefs have their young, developmental guy." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

The Florida prep was a Parade and U.S. Army All-American in addition to being named Mr. Football as a junior. Suffered a broken left fibula early in his senior season but returned to lead the team to a 4A state championship. Enrolled at Georgia in the spring of 2009 and redshirted in the fall. Named team's Most Valuable Offensive Player in '10 after completing 209-of-342 passes for 3,049 yards (61.1 percent) with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 13 starts. Made all 14 starts in '11 and recorded 238-403-3,149-35-14 (59.1). Graduated in May '12. Had a record-setting fall by recording school marks for passing yards and touchdown passes with 249-386-3,893-36-10 (64.5) in 14 starts. Finished his stellar four-year career by tossing 225-347-3,075-26-9 (64.8) in 11 starts before suffering a torn ACL in his left knee against Kentucky. Is the only QB in SEC history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in all four seasons and is the conference's career record holder in touchdowns (121) and passing yards (13,166). Was a two-time Academic All-American and named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Two-time team captain. Had 16 career rushing touchdowns and went 35-17 in 52 starts. Did not perform at the NFL Scouting Combine because of knee injury.

Analysis

Strengths

Has a quick release and is light enough on his feet to escape the first wave and make some plays on the move. Solid decision-maker -- takes what the defense gives him. Fine short-to-intermediate accuracy. Good intangibles. Encouraging team leader with a likeable personality. Leads by example. Serves well as the face of the program. Outstanding work ethic. Is very intelligent and football smart. Experienced, four-year starter in the SEC.

Weaknesses

Short and short-armed with a low release point that leads to batted balls. Very small-framed with a thin waist and a body that is not built to withstand the punishment that comes in the pocket. Average arm talent. Has to set his feet and everything needs to be perfect to function well. Could stand to improve his footwork. Marginal deep-ball accuracy -- tends to overstride and forces receivers to adjust. Many passes are pre-determined and often throws to spots. Loses poise under duress and can be rattled easily by pressure. Gets too jittery and anxious (overanalyzes) in big games and has a very low winning percentage vs. top-10 teams. Long-term durability is concerning.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

Diminutive, game-managing pocket passer still recovering from a torn ACL. Would benefit from a moving pocket that can create open throwing lanes, yet does not have the foot quickness desired for a rollout passing game. Possesses a skill set most ideally suited for a backup or No. 3 role. Intelligence, intangibles and experience are all pluses.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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