Photo of Stephen Rivers
Grade
4.5 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'7" Height
  • 224LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Towers in the pocket. Comes from football family. You might have heard of his brother Philip, who leads the San Diego Chargers and his father has been a successful head coach in Alabama for years. Throws fade with plenty of air and allows receivers to make a play on the ball. Over final three games, completed 69 percent of his passes with 9.2 yards per attempt and 5 touchdowns.

Weaknesses

Unathletic. Takes awhile to set up in pocket and throws with slow release that features a sidearm "push" to get the ball out. Anxious with pockets gets any traffic and doesn't have feel to slide into open territory. Lacks anticipation as a thrower. Poor timing combined with below average arm strength means passing windows close quickly on him. Too many shots downfield are floaters allowing defensive backs into the play.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

Rivers went from LSU to Vanderbilt and then from Vanderbilt to Northwestern State as a graduate student. While he has the name, he does not have the game of his older brother and might be a long­-shot to even be a camp invite.
-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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