Cowboys, Round 4.
Postseason Events: Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Positives: Adequate height and good bulk for the position. Huge hands. Generally above-average accuracy on short and medium and timing passes. Throws with adequate velocity and has nice touch on deep passes down the sideline. Seems to go through his progressions fairly well, though slowly. Seems to consistently find a single-covered receiver. Stands in and delivers passes under pressure. Keeps his eyes downfield on the run even when he has room to run. He seems like a team player, and is a willing and effective blocker downfield who is determined and maintains blocks. Though he often throws across his body outside the pocket, he seems to be able to get away with it because of his high accuracy on the move. He runs with adequate speed and changes directions well. Runs tough with good power, and churns well through contact. Is willing to dive forward for extra yards. He looks like he has learned to slide over the years. Good vision as a runner, and changes directions well. Pretty good ball security technique on goal line runs and holds the ball high and tight. Adequate track speed for the position. Above-average vertical leap and overall lower-body explosiveness in Combine drills. Adequate ability to change directions with burst in Combine drills. Is also the holder on field goals.
Negatives: He mostly ran a read-option offense in college, so he may not be ready for an NFL offense right away. Has flashes of inconsistency on short and medium passes. Below-average deep accuracy. Needs more touch at times, especially on short passes. Slow to go through his progressions. Late recognition and anticipation and hesitates often – especially in the red zone. Misses better reads in the red zone. Seems to have a low release point. Throws across his body consistently. Needs to set his feet when he has time outside of the pocket. His footwork has always been pretty consistently off and he will just stand inside the pocket flat-footed. Long windup when he wants to drive the ball. Doesn’t see better deep options down the middle of the field. Sometimes throws directly at defenders. Suspect ball security when he’s fighting for yards, and fumbled the ball twice that way in 2015 bowl game. Arrested for speeding and DUI in March 2016, but breathalyzer tests were inconclusive. 2013 nerve injury put him out of two games. Minor injuries in attack at concert in March 2015.
Pre-Draft Projection: Round 4. He has some solid athleticism and enough skills and quarterback to grow into a solid backup and potential starter in some systems. He needs some work on his decision-making, mechanics, and accuracy, but some team will make room for him on their roster.