Gardner Minshew

Washington State
QB

Prospect Info

College
Washington State
Hometown
Class
Brandon, MS
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
225 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.16
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 6 ‧ Pick 5
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40 Yard Dash
4.97u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.14
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.45
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Minshew's collegiate career nearly finished on a much different note. He almost signed on as a graduate student at Alabama to be a third-string quarterback for the Tide. WSU coach Mike Leach offered him a starting job at the last minute, however, as the team tried to find a starter in the aftermath of the passing of 2017 passer Tyler Hilinski. Minshew become one of the top passers in college football in 2018, and a local mustachioed hero, helping the Cougars win 11 games for the first time ever and winning the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year award. He led the FBS in completions (468), pass attempts (662), passing yards per game (367, 4,779 total) and ranked in the top five nationally in completion percentage (70.6), passing touchdowns (38) while throwing nine interceptions. He went to Northwest Mississippi Community College out of high school, leading the team to a junior college national championship (223-367-60.8, 3,288 yards, 28 TD, five INT) with a big effort in the title game (421 yards, five TD). East Carolina signed him after that season, but he could not lock down the starting job at the start of either of his seasons there. Minshew stepped in for two games for injured Phillip Nelson in 2016 (119-202-58.9, 1,347 yards, eight TD, four INT in seven games) and in five games for an injured Thomas Sirk in 2017 (174-304-57.2, 2,140, 16 TD, seven INT in 10 games). His father, Flint, played football at Millsaps College and his mother, Kim, played basketball at Mississippi State.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Chase Daniel
Overview
Minshew's ascension from unheralded graduate transfer to Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year is indicative of the enigma he is in the 2018 draft. He might not have the desired traits, but he has very good intangibles and accuracy. He could become a good QB3 in a timing-based passing attack that conceals his average arm talent.
Strengths
  • Scouts say teammates rallied around him despite being in Pullman just one year
  • Enthusiastic and energetic on the field
  • Gives safeties very little time to diagnose where he's going with the ball
  • Works rapidly through progressions and can get the ball out quickly
  • Excellent poise from pocket and doesn't slide around unnecessarily
  • Weaponizes pump fake as a tool to manipulate defenders
  • Natural feel for timing as a passer
  • Works around arm limitations by throwing early and with great placement
  • Accuracy and ball placement is remarkably consistent
  • Owns the back-shoulder throw and can wear out cornerbacks with it
  • Drops perfectly thrown balls into deep buckets with rare accuracy and touch
  • Unfazed by additional rushers and willing to stand in and deliver
Weaknesses
  • Below-average height for an NFL quarterback
  • High number of batted passes with more likely to come in the pros
  • Benefitted from scheme that allowed an abundance of one-on-ones
  • Scouts are concerned by perceived lack of arm strength
  • Awful game against Washington after dominating lesser defenses in conference
  • Very little stride-and-drive in his release
  • Intermediate and deep throws require additional air
  • Nose of the ball will drop some on drive throws
  • Appears to lack some confidence with touch throws over linebackers in zone
  • Defaults to the short read on high/low looks
  • Unlikely to run away from closing rushers

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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