Vikings, UDFA. Transferred from Indiana to Illinois State-FCS for 2014 season. Has the athleticism to be able to transition to wide receiver or defensive back in the pros and has enough quarterbacking skill to make a nice multi-purpose practice squad/scout team QB. If the Vikings try to go Joe Webb with him, he needs a couple of years of development before he could be trusted to run an NFL offense – even for short periods.
Positives: Versatile, and switched from quarterback to defensive back for the NFL draft. Very good vertical leap and broad jump for the position. Adequate upper-body strength. Throws with above-average arm strength and adequate velocity. Above-average accuracy rolling to either his right or his left. Fair anticipation and is able to hit receivers coming out of their breaks. Shows very good escapability inside the pocket. He moves well inside the pocket and keeps his eyes downfield. Is able to step up in the pocket under outside pressure and doesn’t always just cut and run. Knows when to throw the ball away on the run. Able to make pretty quick decisions. Seems to go through progressions rather than lock onto single target. Able to throw with either touch or velocity, but is still learning when to vary it. Good speed, lateral quickness, and open field vision. Shows better ball security technique running down the field than he does inside the pocket. In the red zone, he extends plays well with his feet.
Negatives: Below-average height and bulk for a quarterback – built more like a wide receiver or defensive back. Has run a read option system at both Indiana and Illinois State, so he isn’t really a pro-style quarterback. Below-average accuracy and timing at all levels. Release varies from 3/4 to sidearm – and it may be a problem having such a low release point at his height. Doesn’t consistently step into his throws, and passes will fall short when he doesn’t. Sometimes shows late recognition in the red zone on the move. Suspect red-zone decisions and will throw across his body for interceptions. Pretty poor ball security moving in the pocket and holds the ball far away from his body in one hand while being tackled. Broke left leg in September 2012 and missed rest of season, redshirting. Below-average decisions under pressure and will throw across his body to traffic.
Pre-Draft Projection: Undrafted free agent.