Nick Fitzgerald

Mississippi State
QB03

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi State
Hometown
Class
GA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
226 lbs
31 7/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

4.95
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.64
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Fitzgerald watched Dak Prescott lead the Bulldogs for two years (redshirt season in 2014; 11-14, 235 yards, three TD passing, 23-127-5.5, three TD rushing in eight games in 2015) before taking over in 2016. He started 13 games as a sophomore, competing 54.3 percent of his passes (196-361) for 2,423 yards and 21 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Fitzgerald led the SEC in total offense, thanks to his rushing prowess, as he ran for 1,375 yards and an SEC-high 16 touchdowns. He even set a school record for rushing yards in a game with 258 in the Egg Bowl against rival Ole Miss. The Georgia native excelled as a junior, ending up a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, despite breaking his right ankle against the Rebels. He completed 55.6 percent of his passes (159-286) for 1,782 yards and 15 touchdowns (11 picks) in 2017 and nearly reached the 1,000-yard mark as a rusher (162-984-6.1, 14 TD). Fitzgerald's completion percentage dropped to 51.6 (145-281) in 2018, and he threw for 1,767 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions on the year. He also set the SEC record for career rushing yards by a quarterback (3,607) after covering 1,121 yards on the ground (with 13 scores) his senior year. He was born in Germany while his father, Derrick, was serving in the Air Force.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Matt Jones (Arkansas)
Overview
Fitzgerald's size and arm talent is sure to land him on the back board of teams who covet those traits for developmental quarterbacks, but his issues with accuracy, decision-making and field vision make him more project than prospect. His running ability could help him find work for a team looking to employ a running quarterback in short-yardage packages, but he lacks the core components of a competent NFL passer, and it's hard to see him ever becoming a QB2 in the league.
Strengths
  • Has the prototype size to get NFL teams excited
  • NFL-caliber arm strength to make all the NFL throws
  • Shows understanding of looking off safeties post-snap
  • Flashes some potential to throw to moving targets with some accuracy
  • Throws with good drive velocity in front of safeties when attacking deep middle
  • Puts air under his deep shots, allowing receivers time to run under it
  • Big, but nifty as a runner
  • Plus vision and can maneuver around traffic to maximize his rush output
  • Long-strider with access to a top speed that can thrust him past second level
  • Red-zone specialist with ability to find the end zone on a consistent basis as a runner.
Weaknesses
  • Production and consistency went from bad to worse as a passer during his career
  • Finished with more rushing attempts than passing completions
  • Lacks accuracy to be trusted to consistently complete the simple throw
  • Fastball pitcher who hasn't learned to vary velocity when needed
  • Highest completion percentage as a starter was only 55.6 in 2017
  • Strides into a stiff front leg, causing some inconsistencies with aim
  • Is his own worst enemy with poor decision-making
  • Defaults to careless, off-balance throws with traffic in his face
  • Fails to recognize viable one-on-one opportunities on the outside
  • Struggles to recognize and walk away from an ill-fated read
  • Slow release allows defenders to peel off clearing routes and jump underneath.
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