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Drafted By: Jets

Combine Results

Grade
5.26 ?
  • 4.84 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.23 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think he brings some important things, including arm talent. At his pro day, he put on a show. He's as athletic as can be. He reminds me of Troy Smith when he came out of Ohio State. At this point in the draft, to get a guy with that arm talent and athleticism is pretty exciting." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 222LBS. Weight

Overview

Led his Virginia prep team to a 43-2 record and two state titles. Played his senior season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Redshirted in 2009. Made seven appearances in 2010, completing 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards (52.7 percent), four touchdowns and three interceptions and rushing 23 times for 33 yards (1.4-yard average) and one touchdown. Started all 14 contests in 2011, going 298-of-499 (59.7) for 3,828 yards with 33 TDs and 12 INTs while rushing 142 times for 218 yards and five TDs. The ACC Player of the Year made all 13 starts in 2012, going 287-of-427 (67.2) for 3,896 yards with 36 TDs and 13 INTs and rushing 186 times for 514 yards and 10 TDs. Was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas and Manning Awards in 2013 after going 283-of-413 (68.5) for 3,851 yards with 34 TDs and 11 INTs in 13 starts; also had 154 rushes for 400 yards and 10 TDs. Became the first QB in ACC history with 30-plus TD passes in three seasons and set the conference mark with 107 career TD passes. Team captain. Graduated in December. Had a 32-8 mark in 40 career starts for head coach Dabo Swinney's up-tempo, spread offense.

Analysis

Strengths

Sets quickly. Can sling it when he's in rhythm and has a clean pocket. Good zip short-to-intermediate. Can launch deep throws with ease and flashes touch to drop it in the bucket. Shows composure in the face of a blitz and is willing to take a hit to make a play. Makes plays with his feet, rolling the pocket, extending plays or throwing on the move (left or right). Slippery and elusive to escape the rush and is a threat to tuck and run. Functional straight-line speed and run strength for a quarterback; will lower his shoulder on defenders. Experienced, three-year starter. Terrific football character. Has a likable personality.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal height, and weight has tended to fluctuate, pushing to nearly 240 the second half of 2011 season. Sails downfield throws and can improve his accuracy. Inconsistent decision-making. Did not take snaps under center in a pistol, read-option offense and production was inflated by an NFL-caliber supporting cast of skill talent. Will require patience adapting to pro-style passing. Needs to quicken his eyes and improve his field vision. Does not always see the deep safety or short-hole defender. Impatient making reads before fleeing the pocket. Durability could be a concern, given his style. Needs to learn to slide.

Draft Projection

Rounds 4-5

Bottom Line

A short, stocky, fairly nifty, strong-armed quarterback most ideally suited for a vertical-power system. Projects best as a career backup or No. 3 quarterback in the pros and compares very favorably to Ravens 2007 fifth-rounder Troy Smith.
-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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