NFL Scouting Report - Purdue's Kyle Orton

The <b>Northwestern Wildcats</b> face a pretty tough test this weekend, as <b>Kyle Orton</b> and the <b>Purdue Boilermakers</b> visit NU for Homecoming. <p>He's one of the top college quarterbacks, but how is Orton rated by the pro scouts....?

Full Name: Kyle Orton    School: Purdue

Ht: 6-4    Wt: 217    40: 5.11 

The Good: Productive signal caller that's done a tremendous job leading a passing offense in college.  Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and goes through progressions looking the open wide out.  Displays a great sense of knowing where pass catchers are on the field and takes what the defense gives him.  Very accurate down the field or over the middle, hits receivers in stride or places passes in front of targets and lets them run to the ball.  Scrambles in the pocket buying time and waits until last second before releasing the ball.  Zips the intermediate range throws.  Does a terrific job sensing the blitz, picking up hot wide outs and not making bad decisions under pressure.  Takes the safe underneath option rather than forcing the throw.  Stands strong in the face of pressure.  

The Bad: Slow setting up and releasing the ball off a three step drop.  Possesses just average arm  strength and lacks the quick release or ability to drive the deep throw.  Could improve his overall footwork.  Changes his point of release in order to get the pass off.  Most snaps are taken out to of the shotgun formation and has a tendency to stray or float in the pocket when lined up behind center.

The Skinny: Orton has done a terrific job leading Purdue's offense and taking command of the passing game.  Has athletic limitations and must be schooled in the details of the pro-passing game yet a solid prospect for the next level who could flourish in a west coast offensive system.


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