Scouting Report: QB Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers has been a dominant quarterback at the collegiate level and the San Diego Chargers took an instant liking to the NC State hurler when he directed their offense in the Senior Bowl. He made his team better with his pinpoint accuracy and his command on the field has caught the eye of Marty Schottenheimer. To get him, the Bolts would likely trade down from the number one slot in the 2004 NFL draft.

Name: Philip Rivers School: North Carolina State Year: 4Sr
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 229 40: 5.04 Pos: QB

Bio: ACC Player of the Year as a senior after passing numbers of 72%/4,491/34/7, leading the nation in completion percentage as well as passing efficiency (170.49). Set ACC single season records for total offense (4,600), total touchdowns (37), passing yards and completion percentage. Threw 124 straight passes without an interception. Junior totals were 62.7%/3,353/20/10 after 62.5%/2,586/16/7. Broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman and named ACC Rookie of the Year after numbers of 53.7%/3,054/25/10. Second leading passer in NCAA history with 13,484 career passing yards and set a record with 51 career starts at quarterback. Awarded All Academic honors several times in college.

Pos: Play-making quarterback with a great feel for the position and game. Sets in the pocket with solid footwork, does a terrific job selling the ball fakes then scans the field, buying as much time as possible. Patient, in total control of the offense and makes smart decisions. Natural looking off the safety, stands strong against the rush and works hard to make positive plays. Sharp and accurate in the short game; leads receivers on crossing patters, puts zip on intermediate throws and has a great sense of timing. Knows were the receivers are on the field and puts passes where only his wide outs can make the reception. Instinctive, possesses great football intelligence and a leader in every sense of the word. Turned in a tremendous performance at the Senior Bowl after an illustrious collegiate career

Neg: Has a terrible throwing motion best described as awkward. Pushes the ball or whips it from the side and falls out of his throws. Looks like he's throwing a heavy ball and constantly changes his point of release. Cannot drive the deep pass and not accurate down the field.

Analysis: Rivers is the type of prospect that will draw much debate and discussion leading up to and after draft day. While many criticize his mechanics and throwing fundamentals, you can not overlook his accuracy or ability to lead a team. May not be a quarterback for everyone and can only fit certain schemes but a solid first round selection that could quickly break into a starting lineup at the next level.

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