Photo of Connor Halliday
Grade
5.03 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 196LBS. Weight
  • 8 3/8" Hands

Overview

Named 2014 honorable mention All-Pac-12. Started nine games in 2014 before suffering a broken ankle and led NCAA in passing yards and touchdowns before his season-ending injury. Set an FBS record with 734 yards passing (and 6 touchdowns) against Cal. In 2013, named team captain. Led FBS in pass attempts and finished third in yards, throwing for more than 400 yards in four games. Started five times in 2012 and named captain in three. Played in four games in 2011 and was a redshirt in 2010. At Ferris High School (Wash.), won state title while throwing for 4,198 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior and earned Greater Spokane League Offensive MVP. Selected second-team All-GSL in basketball.

Analysis

Strengths

Obviously had great production in Washington State's pass-happy offense, but showed real improvement as decision maker as well. Showed improved accuracy to all areas of the field. Has a pre-snap plan and proved he was able to come off of his primary read and find another option. Gets from target to target quickly. Has good feel for timing routes and when to cut it loose. Throws a catchable ball with adequate ball placement. Was willing and able to make tough throws in the bucket over linebackers and just underneath safeties. Doesn't have a big arm by any stretch but was able to throw deep comeback to side with some success. Drive accuracy between hashes was good enough.

Weaknesses

Skinny frame that might not hold up to NFL pounding. Is a little slow in his setup. Played out of shotgun for all four years. Inconsistent with footwork. Plays in an offense that values getting the ball out quickly over footwork and mechanics on some throws. When internal-clock alarm goes off, his accuracy takes a nose dive. Not a factor out of pocket. Suffered broken tibia and fibula in early November, and will not work out at the combine. Shows some signs of panic when rush from middle of the pocket starts to creep toward him.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

NFL Comparison

Ryan Griffin

Bottom Line

Lanky "system quarterback," lacking a strong arm and ability to create plays outside of the pocket. Halliday shows an adequate level of football intelligence and has enough accuracy to warrant a draft pick. One positive is that he has clearly improved over the last two seasons and might continue on the same track as he works into an NFL system. One concern for teams is that he became too predictable and allowed defenders to make educated guesses on where to line up against him.
-Lance Zierlein
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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