Photo of Jeff Driskel
Drafted By: 49ers

Combine Results

Grade
5.13 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.19 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Driskel looks the part and all the tools are there. He regained some confidence in 2015 after playing under 4 different offensive coordinators in his career. Chip has a chance to see if he can squeeze out all the talent scout's saw in flashes during his career. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 234LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Driskel was supposed to be the "next Tim Tebow" at Florida, a Maxwell Club High School Player of the Year who presents a dual threat with his arm and feet. He started for the Gators as a sophomore, winning 10 games with good statistics (63.7 completion percentage, 12 touchdowns versus five interceptions, 408 rush yards). His third and fourth years in Gainesville weren’t what he desired, however, as he took a medical redshirt in 2013 due to a broken leg and then was relegated to a part-time starter the following year. Driskel finished his career on a high note as a graduate transfer at Louisiana Tech, earning Conference USA Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention all-conference recognition (4,033 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, seven interceptions).

Analysis

Strengths

Prototypical build and athleticism. Quick­-footed signal-caller with rapid setup in the pocket. Has active, bouncy feet while turning and scanning from target to target. Possesses arm strength and pace on his throws to challenge play­making cornerbacks in man and instinctive linebackers in zone. Can get ball out quickly with the flick off his wrist. Fundamentally sound with good footwork to balance himself before driving the ball with good weight transfer and hip rotation. Dangerous runner outside the pocket and can escape with suddenness. Good open-­field speed and ability to operate in zone-­read packages. Willing to throw the ball away and move to next play rather than take unnecessary sacks. Accurate and confident in short passing game.

Weaknesses

Struggles to lead receivers with throws, forcing them to break stride or adjust to throws behind them limiting their yards after catch. Short arms passes when throwing on the move causing issues with under-thrown balls. Accuracy drops substantially on throws down the field, with overthrows robbing him of big plays despite receivers having a step on cornerbacks over the top. Anxious when pocket gets turbulent and will occasionally feel pressure that isn’t there.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5 or 6

NFL Comparison

Drew Stanton

Bottom Line

Driskel still has the size, arm strength and athleticism that made him the top-­rated quarterback coming out of high school, but he hasn’t experienced enough growth at the position due to his rocky path to the draft. A positive 2015 helped Driskell regain some confidence, but he’s not where he needs to be yet. With his upside and traits, Driskel is worthy of a day three selection and could yield dividends with patience and coaching.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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