Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State

Ravens, Round 6. Signed by the Ravens as UDFA byt released in August and put on their practice squad. Transferred from Elon in 2009. He went right about where I expected, in Round 6. He has the skills to be an effective backup in the NFL and potential part-time starter.

All-Star Games: Shrine Game.

Positives: Slightly above-average height and bulk for the position. Great hand size. Throws with nice touch. Above-average accuracy on short and timing routes. Adequate arm strength and above-average velocity, and can fit passes through tight windows. Poised under pressure in the red zone and is pretty confident there – won’t hesitate to try to hit receivers in small spaces. Above-average deep accuracy and can drop it right over the receiver’s shoulder. Good pocket sense. Steps up in the pocket under outside pressure and slides around well to avoid it, keeping his feet under him and the ball ready to be thrown. Tough – had ankle surgery in November 2012, but still started that year’s bowl game. Also had arthroscopic knee surgery in the summer of 2013, but still started the first game. Has some experience under center.

Negatives: Ran a spread system in college, and may not be ready for a pro-style offense right away. Has a longish windup with a 3/4-to-sidearm delivery. He eyeballs receivers consistently, and that may be why he has an amazing number of his passes tipped at the line. In the red zone, it seems like he makes a lot of decisions pre-snap, missing open reads over the middle. Below-average accuracy outside of the pocket, and his feet are a little too wild and out of sync with his upper half – both outside of the pocket and inside in the pocket. He isn’t elusive and has below-average speed and quickness. A bit of an injury history – had ankle surgery in November 2012 and had minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in Summer 2013.

Projection: He may be worth adding to deep dynasty leagues in the next couple of years.

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