Trace McSorley

Penn St.
QB
QB09

Prospect Info

College
Penn St.
Hometown
Class
Ashburn, Va.
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
202 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.09
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.57
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
115.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.12
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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McSorley was only a three-star recruit despite starting four state title games and throwing for 12,000 career passing yards and 150 touchdowns at Ashburn, Virginia's Briar Woods High School. James Franklin recruited McSorley to Vanderbilt, and Richard Thomas III (thus Trace) followed Franklin to Happy Valley. He played seven games as a reserve in 2015 (20-of-40, 50.0 completion percentage, 185 yards, two touchdowns) and then exploded onto the national scene by earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore (224-of-387, 57.9 completion percentage, 3,614 passing yards, 29 touchdowns, eight interceptions; 365 yards, seven touchdowns rushing in 14 starts). McSorley was the Big Ten Championship Game MVP in 2016 (22-of-31, 384 yards, four touchdowns) and led the FBS with 16.1 yards per completion. He excelled again as a junior, being named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Manning Awards, as well as second-team all-conference. He ranked eighth in the FBS by completing 66.5 percent of his passes (284-427), which covered 3,570 yards and 28 touchdowns (against 10 interceptions). McSorley also rushed for 491 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn his team's Most Valuable Offensive Player. His passing statistics were not as impressive in his final campaign with the Nittany Lions (192-of-361, 53.2 completion percentage, 2,530 yards, 18 touchdowns, seven interceptions) but the team captain and second-team All-Big Ten selection was the unquestioned leader of the offense in 2018. He did a lot of damage against opposing defenses with his feet (170 rushes, 798 yards, 4.7 ypc, 12 touchdowns).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Chase Daniel
Overview
Gritty, successful three-year starter who fell victim to a disappointing regression during his senior season. McSorley is a dual-threat quarterback who lacks size and arm talent but has shown an ability to throw with anticipation to help overcome his average arm strength. While McSorley can handle RPO duties, he seemed to be more comfortable and accurate when sitting down on throws from the pocket. He must regain his accuracy and confidence or he will need to try and transition to another position to make it.
Strengths
  • Can throw with rollout accuracy
  • Plays with good energy and a competitive spirit
  • Good operation quickness with compact release
  • Previous tape shows ability to throw with anticipation
  • Able to expedite release when pressure surges in his face
  • Can set and uncork when receiver suddenly breaks open
  • Willing to trust his targets to make a play
  • Glues safeties in place with early eye work to open adjacent throwing windows
  • Had success with zone-read and RPO calls
  • Has 30 rushing touchdowns as a starter
  • Spirited runner with above-average toughness and vision
Weaknesses
  • Frame falls below NFL norms
  • Had 11 passes batted this season
  • Seemed to lose touch and accuracy overnight
  • Struggled to hit moving targets in stride with consistency
  • Completed just 39 percent of deep throws with tendency to overthrow it
  • Lacks ability to win the tight window throws
  • Attempts "arm talent" throws that will turn sour vs
  • NFL defenders
  • Needs gallop step to push the deep ball
  • Hurries and loses fundamentals when throwing from a scramble
  • High percentage of touchdown passes came on easy red-zone RPOs in 2018
  • Overreacts to pressure at times
Sources Tell Us

"I never saw him as a starter, but I had a backup grade on him after the summer. Now I have to decide how to weigh what I saw this year against last year because it was night and day." -- National scout with AFC team

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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