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Combine Results

Grade
5.2 ?
  • 5.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.14 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.36 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Admires his sister, Katie, who is a quadriplegic after a 2006 auto accident. The California prep also played basketball and was not offered an FBS scholarship. Named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2010 after completing 172 of 314 passes for 1,723 yards (54.8 percent) with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games (nine starts). Became the first Big Red freshman to earn a varsity start. Won the Bushnell Cup (Ivy League Player of the Year) in 2011 after going 250-of-368 (70 percent) for 3,412 yards with 25 TDs and 11 INTs in 10 starts and setting the league record for passing yards. Went 251-of-405 (62.0 percent) for 3,196 yards with 18 TDs and 11 INTs in nine starts to lead the conference in attempts, completions and passing yards in 2012. Missed the Monmouth game with a neck injury and dealt with a right knee injury during second half of season. Went 228-of-360 (63.3 percent) for 2,953 yards with 22 TDs and 13 INTs in nine starts in 2013, missing only the Columbia game with a concussion. Three-time team captain (first in Cornell history). Finished his career with 47 school records, 18 Ivy League records, nine rushing touchdowns and a 12-25 record in 37 starts.

Analysis

Strengths

Experienced, four-year starter. Very good arm strength. Good decision maker -- works through progressions. Fine accuracy and placement -- places the ball well. Highly intelligent, extremely determined, vocal team leader with an intricate command of the offense. Is given a lot of pre-snap responsibility to read defenses and audible into the right play. Three-time team captain (first in Cornell history). Outstanding football intelligence. Fiery on-field temperament. Challenges his teammates. Good eyes, anticipation and awarenesss. Coach on the field. Is very tough and battles through injuries. Outstanding production -- re-wrote the school's record books.

Weaknesses

Marginal athlete. Limited mobility to avoid the rush and buy time with his feet. Can do a better job sensing pressure and hastening his release. Relies too much on his arm. Accuracy diminishes on the move. Struggles to manipulate his arm and release the ball from multiple angles. Average setup and release quickness.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Very driven, Ivy-League pocket passer with physical limitations that could relegate him to a backup role in the pros. Is the type who can be trusted to step in with limited practice reps and finish a game. Might have the most long-term potential as a coach, yet has the intangible qualities that could allow him to stick in the league for 10-plus years. Has traits to surprise as a spot-starter once he acclimates to the pro game.
-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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