Photo of Alek Torgersen
Grade
4.96 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 230LBS. Weight

Overview

California talent and Ivy League intelligence is a good combination for an NFL prospect, and he's become one of the most decorated players in Penn history. Even in his first action as a Quaker, he received Ivy League Rookie of the Week in the season finale against Cornell, his only game of the season (6-10, 109 yards, two scores). The team struggled in 2014, but Torgersen successfully ran the offense, completing 26 passes per game for 2,689 yards, and 14 touchdowns (11 interceptions). He finished his career with back-to-back first-team All-Ivy League seasons, helping Penn win 14 games against five losses. In 2015, he had the second-highest completion percentage in FCS (69 percent, 1,996 yards, 19 TD, three INT). Torgersen then set school records in passing touchdowns and total offense during his senior year, completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 2,231 yards and 17 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. He also showed mobility during his career, rushing for 516 yards and 18 scores (even when accounting for sacks).

Analysis

Strengths

Three-year starter with fit build and NFL size. Athletic with success in zone-read. Dug into the film after sophomore season with desire to become smarter quarterback and showed drastic reduction of interceptions over next two years. Keeps ball tucked high and tight pre-delivery. Has big, strong hands to pump and reload if he spies late trouble. Ball comes out of his hand with tight spiral and good velocity. Gets it out quick if pressure flashes suddenly. Throws with touch on deep balls. Naturally accurate and throws with confidence between the hashes.

Weaknesses

Lacks experience in pro-style attack. Checks are called from the sideline. Offense filled with one-and-done reads. Has to break habit of staring targets down. Wasn't asked to be a full-field reader. Will have to play faster to adjust to shrinking NFL throwing windows. Will hang onto the ball a tick too long on rollouts. Inconsistent release. At times, his release with become elongated and with a pronounced dip in it. Reads could be inconsistent against zone.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

NFL Comparison

Zac Dysert

Bottom Line

Developmental quarterback with NFL size and a good head on his shoulders. Torgersen's success came against a much lower level of competition, but it is worth noting that his accuracy and arm strength will also benefit his growth when he's throwing to NFL-caliber targets. Torgersen's traits make him a late round stash-and-hide prospect with practice squad potential early, but he could see his draft stock rise if he has a big offseason.
-Lance Zierlein
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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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