Dolphins, Round 7.
Postseason Events: Shrine Game and NFL Combine.
Positives: Above-average height for the position. Adequate bulk for the position. Adequate hand size. Consistently throws with nice touch on passes at all levels of the field – a very catchable pass. Above-average accuracy rolling to the right. Fair play fakes. Nice anticipation on comeback routes. Adequate velocity. Above-average arm strength. Adequate speed for his size. Despite his lack of speed, he seems to move his feet pretty well to slide away from pressure. Adequate accuracy on intermediate passes to the sideline.
Negatives: Spread offense with a high tempo. He missed his 2011 and 2012 seasons due to foot injuries, and was given a sixth year of eligibility for 2015. Coach says he responds best to encouragement, which makes me wonder how tough he is mentally. Very poor track speed and slow off the line for the position. Poor vertical leap and lower-body explosiveness in Combine drills. Very poor ability to change directions with burst in Combine drills. Seems a little skittish under pressure and will just throw the ball up into coverage. A bit of a long windup with a mostly overhand delivery. Consistently throws the ball into coverage – sometimes where there are no receivers – and this trend continued into the Shrine Game. Suspect performance when pressure is coming up the middle. Consistently throws off of his back foot or falling backward and does not step into his throws. Needs to learn to throw the ball away under pressure. Needs to learn to vary his velocity and throw with more touch on sideline patterns and drive the ball through tight windows. Inconsistent accuracy on deep throws. Looks like he has a hard time rolling away from inside pressure. Eyeballs receivers pretty hard at the goal line.
Pre-Draft Projection: Round 3. I’ve heard a lot of people really like him as a quarterback in the draft, but I don’t really see it. I would see him as more of a free agent prospect with a limited NFL ceiling.