Scouting Report: Philip Rivers

Tremendous leader and great winner on the college level. Patient passer who buys time in the pocket, scans the field and goes through receiver progressions.

Full Name: Philip Rivers

Ht: 6-5 Wt 225 40: 5.04 Number 17

Bio:

2002: Set the Wolfpack single-season record for rushing scores by a quarterback with 10. Led the nation in passing efficiency for half of the season, his current career mark of 133.79 an NC State record. A second-team All-ACC performer. 62.7/3353/20/10 passing

2001: Most prolific passer of any player in ACC history through their sophomore season. Set the NC State single-season record with a 65.2% completion percentage, passed for 2,586 yards with 16 TD's and seven picks. An honorable mention All-ACC performer.

2000: ACC Rookie of the Year and an Academic All-ACC performer. Set the school single season records for completions (237), passing attempts (441), touchdown responsibility (27) and touchdown passes (25). His 3,054 yards passing set the ACC record for a freshman and ranked second overall in NC State history ... The only player in school history to toss TD passes in nine straight games.

The Good: Tremendous leader and great winner on the college level. Patient passer who buys time in the pocket, scans the field and goes through receiver progressions. Senses pressure, remains poised and immediately finds the open wide out. Looks off the safety, steps up in the pocket and gives the idea he's always in total control, exuding confidence. Leads receivers nicely and puts the pass in front of targets.

The Bad: Holds the ball belt level dropping into the pocket, does not set his feet or follow through on the pass. Changes his point of release, directs throws and overall, terrible mechanics. Does not have the big arm.

The Skinny: Leading the charge of the Wolfpack, Rivers has been very successful. For all his accomplishments, he does not project all that well to the next level and is a quarterback that must play his style in the NFL or will not succeed. If a team drafts him then tries to change his game, the results could be disastrous. Could flourish as a back-up that sees spot duty at the next level.


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