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Combine Results

Grade
5.21 ?
  • 4.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.36 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'2" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

The Miami native stayed home for college and saw action in six games, starting the final four contests, as a true freshman in 2010. Completed 82 of 153 passes for 1,240 yards (53.6 percent) with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. Played in five games (started against Maryland) and threw for 26-37-283-0-2 (70.3) in '11. Had back surgery after the season and missed '12 spring practice. Earned the starting job in the fall and posted 245-421-3,345-21-7 (58.2) in 12 starts. Set the school's single-season total offense record with 3,415 yards, breaking Bernie Kosar's 1984 record (3,412). Set the ACC record with 566 passing yards against N.C. State. Started all 13 contests in '13, throwing for 198-344-3,028-21-12 (57.6). Became only the second QB in school history with multiple 3,000-yard seasons (Gino Torretta). Two-time team captain. Finished 17-13 in 30 career starts under three offensive coordinators -- Mark Whipple (2010), Jedd Fisch (2011-12) and James Coley (2013).

Analysis

Strengths

Very good arm strength and athletic ability. Can move around the pocket and buy a second chance. Throws with velocity and can rifle the ball into tight spots. Can drill back-shoulder throws. Can adapt his arm and throwing platform and release it from a variety of angles under duress with ease. Has natural leadership traits.

Weaknesses

Average overall size with a relatively thin build. Sporadic accuracy. Sprays the ball and struggles to hit receivers in stride (best with stationary targets). Does not throw his receivers open. Marginal timing, anticipation and rhythm. Struggles to handle pressure and presses to create plays -- eyes drop to the rush very quickly and vacates the pocket prematurely. Makes too many head-scratching decisions. Birddogs his primary target and will force the ball. Career 57.7 completion percentage is indicative of accuracy at all layers even with a clean pocket. Makes his receivers consistently work for the ball.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Was forced to cycle through three offenses in four years at the helm and never grew comfortable as a passer. Teases evaluators with his arm and athletic talent, but must prove he can hone his accuracy and decision-making. Has moldable talent for a backup role and enough raw tools to pique the interest of a patient quarterbacks coach. Will require a strong offensive line and a full supporting cast of weapons to function. Developmental talent.
-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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