Ryan Finley

North Carolina State
QB

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina State
Hometown
Class
Phoenix, AZ
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
213 lbs
32 7/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.65
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cincinnati
Bengals
Round 4 ‧ Pick 2
40 Yard Dash
4.73u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
116.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.2
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.2
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Finley was an all-state football and basketball player in the Phoenix area before signing with Boise State for the 2013 season. He redshirted that year and then played in five games as a reserve for the Broncos in 2014 (12-27-44.4, 161 yards, two TD, one INT). He played in three games in 2015 but redshirted with an ankle injury (46-70-65.7, 485 yards, one TD, four INT). Impressively, he earned his degree in just three years at BSU so he decided to transfer as Brett Rypien had taken the starting spot. Finley more than met expectations at N.C. State in 2016, starting all 13 games (243-402-60.4, 3,059 yards, 18 TD, eight INT). He took his game up a notch in 2017, becoming a Johnny Unitas Award finalist and third-team All-ACC pick. The Wolkpack's Co-MVP (312-479-65.1, 3,518 yards, 17 TD, six INT) as a junior, Finley threw 339 passes without an interception, second in school history to Russell Wilson's FBS record of 379. Finley was a first-team all-conference selection in 2018, completing 67.4 percent of his throws (326-484) for 3,928 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Sean Mannion
Overview
While Finley's accuracy, production and mode of operation has been static over the last three years, his ability to improve in all areas has been impressive. He works well in a controlled environment, reads alignments and knows where the ball should go, but he failed to elevate his production against the best in-game competition and then again at the Senior Bowl. His intelligence and accuracy could find him work as a quality backup with the potential to find some future starts.
Strengths
  • Full-field reader with experience in pro-style passing attack
  • Recognizes coverages and crafts a pre-snap plan
  • Uses eyes to bait safeties and disguise his intentions
  • Stands in against imminent rush harm
  • Good pocket poise to counter and defeat blitz-happy defenses
  • Trusts his talent and works with confidence
  • Sustains accuracy on rollouts and when feet are moving
  • Throws receivers away from lurking defenders
  • Sticks it on the back shoulder when needed
  • Alters touch and trajectory to throw between defenders in the seam
  • Accurate deep-ball passer who floats it into the basket with proper touch
  • Functional scrambler with feel for edge pressure in the pocket
  • Locates escape routes and continues scanning for receivers downfield
  • Capable traffic director when he's on the move
Weaknesses
  • Lanky frame in need of more muscle
  • Game manager with disappointing touchdown rate as a passer
  • Had three touchdowns and eight interceptions in three years of rivalry games against Clemson and UNC
  • Unimpressive operation time from setup to release
  • Average release and arm strength will make for tighter NFL throwing windows
  • Needs to improve anticipatory throws on second and third levels
  • Generally accurate but forces receivers to break stride too often
  • Poor decisions when under duress lead to red zone interceptions as starter

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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