Photo of Nate Sudfeld
Drafted By: Redskins

Combine Results

Grade
5.25 ?
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

There are long-term questions about the Redskins' QB position and Colt McCoy hasn't exactly solidified himself as a reliable backup in this league. Enter Sudfeld, who is a tall pocket passer with enough developmental traits coaches can work with, but he's a career reserve. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 234LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Sudfeld missed about half of his junior year with an injured left (non-throwing) shoulder, but this fall he met the expectations of scouts who liked what they saw before the injury. The brother of New York Jets tight end Zach Sudfeld used his intriguing skill set (size, arm and mobility within the pocket) to pull down third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2015. Sudfield completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,573 yards and 27 scores against seven interceptions for a Hoosier squad that was not loaded with weapons. Sudfeld provides leadership and maturity, as well, and has worldly experience (served missions to Uganda before high school and for his 2015 spring break) that many others in this class do not.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.93 seconds
Vertical: 29 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
Short shuttle: 4.48 seconds
3-cone: 7.42 seconds

Analysis

Strengths

Steps onto the field with terrific NFL size. Three-year starter who lead Big Ten in yards per pass play at 8.2 yards. Comfortable operating in timing based systems and shows ability to throw with desired anticipation. Ball usually comes out on time. Able to expedite throws when pressure finds him early. Feels pressure and gets rid of the ball over taking the sack. Makes catchable, accurate throws from the pocket. Shows off NFL arm when he steps and drives to target. Does not fear the field side throws and has arm and accuracy to make them. Puts plenty of air under touch throws allowing receivers a chance to make a play. Showed off consistent touch on deep corners. Competitive as a runner and lays out for first downs over sliding early.

Weaknesses

Sets up with a very wide throwing base and slight dip in his delivery. Rarely gets full hip rotation through delivery forcing him to push throws. Touch in close quarters is below average. Field vision is only average. Inconsistent with reads against zone coverage. Makes up his mind and opts for tougher throws over open throws. Struggled in this way against Iowa. At times, rushes throws over sliding in pocket waiting for routes to develop. Saw substantial dip in completion percentage when rushed by five-plus defenders. Underthrows were culprit with deep ball accuracy. Not much of a threat with his legs.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Sources Tell Us

"I love his size and he made that senior jump that we like to see. He takes you on a ride because one week you really like him and the next time you see him you see a career backup at best. I've got an average backup grade on him, but we'll see what our coaches say about him." -- AFC West scout

NFL Comparison

Sean Mannion

Bottom Line

Veteran quarterback with the desired frame for the position and coming off of his best year yet. Sudfeld tends to push the ball rather than deliver with a clean weight­ shift and follow through, creating inconsistencies with accuracy and velocity. There is some solid tape on Sudfeld that could give NFL teams hope, but issues with making the right reads will work against him.
-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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