Jaguars, Round 6.
Postseason Events: Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Positives: Was a redshirt senior, so he has a lot of experience running a prostyle offense in college and should be more prepared to handle an NFL offense. Adequate bulk for the position. Shows consistently good anticipation and will make throws before the receiver makes his break. Consistently throws with nice touch. Adequate arm strength and above-average velocity, and can hit the deep out route with solid anticipation. Able to go through his progressions if given enough time. Willing to improvise under pressure in the pocket. Knows when to throw the ball away. Steps up in the pocket under outside pressure. Gets rid of the ball under pressure. Consistently good play fakes. Is willing to take a hit to deliver the pass. Above-average speed and burst as a runner. Adequate track speed for the position. Adequate ability to change directions with burst in Combine drills.
Negatives: Slightly below-average height for the position. Below-average hand size. Below-average accuracy on the move and tends to overthrow in the direction he’s rolling. Below-average accuracy on intermediate passes over the middle. Generally below-average accuracy when his feet are not set. Erratic footwork and will consistently throw off of an unbalanced base and off of his back foot. Needs to step into his throws. Eyeballs wide receivers consistently and has a long release that really gives defensive backs a jump on the ball – a tendency that also showed up at Combine drills. Consistently doesn’t see the field very well and won’t see open receivers down the field – a trend that continued to senior bowl practices in 7-on-7 drill. Consistently throws it into double coverage. Needs better touch in the red zone over intermediate linebackers. Would rather run than check down. Poor vertical leap for the position. Below-average lower-body explosiveness in Combine drills. Separated his right shoulder in September 2013 and missed two games. Injured hip in November 2014 and was very limited for a few weeks.
Pre-Draft Projection: Round 6. He needs a lot of work on his decision-making and mechanics, but he has the accuracy, athleticism, and arm talent to eventually make a solid NFL backup and short term starter.