Late Round Targets

It doesn't seem likely that a quarterback is going to fall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the NFL draft, however general manager Gene Smith did indicate they will look for a quarterback that they could develop. Find out which late round developmental prospects the Jaguars are paying attention to.

It's clear the Jaguars need to address the quarterback position at somepoint in the draft. While it's possible they could target a player like Tony Pike or Dan LeFevour in the mid-rounds, let's take a look at some late round prospects who could be developed into some gems. In this installment, we're going to take a look at Eastern Michigan's quarterback, Andy Schmitt.


Height: 6-4
Weight: 238 lbs.

Scouting Report:

Most people will not know who Andy Schmitt is, and that's nothing to be ashamed of. Schmitt was a four year starter at Eastern Michigan in the MAC conference. While Schmitt didn't win any heralded awards or put up guady numbers, he's still garnering attention from NFL franchises given his tools and his prototypical size. He missed his senior season after tearing his ACL. While the ACL is a significant injury, Schmitt is pocket passer who can run if need be, but is not necessarily a "runner". Despite only five months removed from the tear, he impressed scouts at his pro-day.

Schmitt displayed very good accuracy and velocity on the football, despite throwing into a stiff wind. What kept scouts especially interested was his ability to throw the ball deep down the field. He's known as a tough guy quarterback for how he played at Eastern Michigan, as showed an ability to hurt opponents running with the football if flushed out of the pocket. Schmitt accumulated nearly 1,000 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in his career.

While Andy Schmitt did not put up guady numbers in his career, he looked significantly better as a passer in his junior season throwing the football nearly twice as much as he did in past seasons. In 2008, he finished up the season completing 62.6% of his passes for 2,648 yards, 15 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He also set records during his 2008 season for pass attempts without an interception in a game (76 attempts), overall attempts (80), passing yards (512) and completions in a single game (58). In that game against Central Michigan, where Schmitt out-dueled the heralded Dan LeFevour, he completed an eye popping 72% of his 80 pass attempts.

As you can imagine playing for a school like Eastern Michigan, Schmitt's team was not known for it's offensive talent. The biggest plus looking at Schmitt's career is that he showed improvement each season and the more he threw the football. He also showed very good accuracy on his short and intermiate passes, but did not throw the football deep often.

There are concerns with Schmitt, however. While he can be viewed as a potential "diamond in the rough" type of quarterback, he's had past injury concerns. He never completed a full season while playing for the Eagles. While he was the full-time starter for much of his career, he's only played in 22 games during his four-year tenure at Eastern Michigan. That stat is a double edged sword as it means there is likely a lot of room for Andy to grow, but it also means he's slightly less experienced than what most NFL scouts look for when they're prodding for quarterbacks. Schmitt is a classic "jar on the shelf" type player you can hide on a practice squad.

Andy Schmitt was interviewed by the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Eastern Michigan Pro-Day.

Alfie Crow is a contributor to and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at or follow him on twitter @alfiecrow

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