Photo of Taylor Heinicke
Grade
5.03 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 213LBS. Weight

Overview

2014: Conference USA Honorable Mention. Played in all 12 games, starting 11 at quarterback, missed one start when ODU lined up in the "Wildcat" formation for one play. 2013: Started all 12 games at quarterback and has started 33 consecutive games at the position. Became just the 18th quarterback from Division I to pass for 10,000 yards and rush for 1,000. 2012: Walter Payton Award winner (presented to best player at FCS level). Associated Press first-ream All-America. 2011: Took over as starting quarterback in second half of Oct. 1 game vs. Massachusetts.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.6 and 4.63 seconds
Vertical jump: 35 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches
Short shuttle: 4.21 seconds
3-cone: 6.96 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Shows above-average poise. Has a feel for pocket. Climbs the pocket with bouncing, controlled footwork and creates more favorable passing lanes. Accurate passer when given time to throw and uses anticipation and timing to overcome poor arm strength. Flashes patience as a quarterback. Allows routes to develop and knows area he wants to attack. Willing to stand and deliver with impending hit coming. Has touch to float throws over underneath defenders and in front of closing safeties.

Weaknesses

Short with small frame. Below-average arm strength with slow release. Syrupy slow set-up in pocket. Must throw with timing rather than to windows. Struggles to improvise and needs plays to stay on schedule. Short-armed deep balls, leading to interceptions. Production marred by receiving corps with hands of stone. Had four multi-interception games in 2014, including games of four and three. Plays with tunnel vision at times, missing out on open teammates.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Bottom Line

Heinicke has the ball placement and accuracy of an NFL backup when he's protected and dealing, but his small stature combined with his inability to drive the ball and make NFL throws could be hard to overcome once he gets into an NFL camp. Heinicke must play in a timing-based system to have a chance of being on an NFL roster.
-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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