Nathan Scheelhaase, QB, Illinois


Positives: Throws with adequate arm strength and velocity. Adequate accuracy on short passes. Above-average accuracy on rollouts, and he keeps his eyes downfield on the run. Decision making improved by his senior season. Nice play fakes. Runs with above-average speed and quickness. Is a strong runner with good mobility inside and outside of the pocket. Good peripheral vision and sets up blockers well in open field.

Negatives: Not as strong of a passer as a runner. Below-average accuracy on medium and deep routes. Tends to lock onto receivers and not go through his progressions. He tends to panic when rush comes at him up the middle. At times, he throws off of his back foot for no reason. Is indecisive and holds the ball too long at times. Runs a little off balance, and can be knocked off his feet fairly easily after contact.

Projection: UDFA. At best, he’s a long-term development project, but the improvement he showed over his college career may point to a higher-than-expected ceiling. Not worth drafting in dynasty rookie drafts.

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