Danny Etling

LSU
QB

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Terre Haute, IN
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
222 lbs
31”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

4.85
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 7 ‧ Pick 1
40 Yard Dash
4.76
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
114.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.37
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Etling began his career at Purdue, signing up as a four-star recruit and Elite 11 participant from California. Coaches got him on the field as a true freshman, playing him in eight games and starting him in the final seven; he completed 55.8 percent of his 267 passes for 1,690 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Etling faced competition in his sophomore season from Austin Appleby, losing his job after going 2-3 to start the year (54.9 percentage, 800 yards, six touchdowns, five interceptions). After that benching, Etling decided to transfer to LSU, where he practiced with the scout team in 2015. Again he was the taking over early in the season as a junior, leading the Tigers to a 7-3 record and Citrus Bowl win. Etling completed 59.5 percent of his throws (160-of-269) for 2,123 yards, 11 touchdowns against five interceptions. He started all 13 games in 2017, completing 60 percent of his throws (165-of-275) for 2,463 yards and 16 touchdowns. Etling threw just two interceptions all season.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Etling has decent size and an NFL arm, but his mechanical inconsistencies -- often brought on by impending pressure, are big concerns moving forward. Etling will have to prove he can improve his poise in the pocket as well as his ability to win with his progressions and decision-making after the snap. Etling may find an invite into camp, but will face long odds in making a roster.
Strengths
  • Tall in the pocket with ball tucked in position for quick trigger
  • Release quickness is good
  • Played in passing scheme allowing for intermediate and deep passes
  • Throws the deep ball with good air under it and above-average accuracy connecting on 43.9 percent on throws of 21-plus yards
  • Takes care of the football and posted low interception rate in both seasons as LSU starter
  • Has arm strength to make all the NFL throws
Weaknesses
  • Shows pocket panic when edge pressure is bearing down
  • Too willing to run up inside the pocket rather than slide and scan
  • Inconsistent squaring feet with eyes as he scans
  • Footwork, arm slot and follow-through are erratic unless he's in rhythm
  • Struggled badly with intermediate throws completing just 43 percent of his attempts
  • Doesn't appear ready to attack the play design
  • Fails to see wide-open receivers down the field

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GRADE
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