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Drafted By: Texans

Combine Results

Grade
5.24 ?
  • 4.97 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.36 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think this is a great fit for the Texans. He's got a hose. His arm is any bit as good as Logan Thomas' or Zach Mettenberger's. He took a beating at Pitt, but he continued to stand in the pocket. He's a natural thrower of the football. He's got all the mechanics, so now it's all about developing the kid's ability." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 228LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

His brother, Bryan, was a quarterback for Wisconsin (2004-05) and Hofstra (2007-08). The Pennsylvania prep was a three-year starter at QB and a U.S. Army All-America selection. Had a foot injury as a junior that ended his season. Began his college career at Rutgers in 2009, when he earned Freshman All-America honors as a true freshman by completing 149 of 285 passes for 2,211 yards (52 percent) with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games (11 starts). Went 43-of-83 (51.8) for 521 yards with two touchdowns and three INTs in six games in 2010; started the first four games before injuring his right hand and losing his starting job. Transferred to Arizona to play for head coach Mike Stoops but had to sit out the 2011 season because of NCAA transfer rules. After Stoops was fired and Rich Rodriguez was hired, he decided to transfer again to an offense that suited him better. Tried to go back to Rutgers, but hardship waiver was denied by the NCAA, so he enrolled at Pittsburgh. Had to sit out the 2012 season as a transfer. Finally returned to the field in 2013 and started all 13 games for Pitt, going 238-of-389 (61.2) for 2,958 yards with 21 TDs and nine INTs. Suffered a concussion against Virginia and bruised ribs in the Little Caesars Bowl vs. Bowling Green. Had a 17-11 record in 28 career starts. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Terrific size. Sets with balance. Easy, compact, high three-quarters release. Spins a catchable ball. Excellent arm strength to complete NFL throws -- capable of sticking outs from the deep hash or launching balls 60 yards on the money. Experience in pro-style offense. Smart and hardworking. Solid personal and football character. Has tools to work with. Team captain.

Weaknesses

Needs to speed up his clock and show better awareness in the pocket. Needs to quicken his eyes, expand his field vision and learn to manipulate safeties. Tends to stare down his target. Forces some throws into traffic. Erratic accuracy. Slow of foot -- not a scramble threat. Can improve play-action fake. Had some duds -- struggled against Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Mental toughness needs to be looked into.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Big, inconsistent pocket passer who took a circuitous route to Pittsburgh, where he played a full season for the first time since 2009. Is inconsistent and in need of more reps, but has ample arm talent to warrant developmental consideration if teams deem his intangibles worthy of an investment.
-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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