Draft Preview: Quarterbacks

Draft expert Tony Pauline of our sister site DraftInsider.net breaks down the 2015 QB class including scouting reports of all the top prospects.

Quarterback

Rnd

Full Name

School

Yr

1st

Marcus Mariota

Oregon

4Jr

1st

Jameis Winston

Florida State

3So

3rd

Brett Hundley

UCLA

4Jr

3-4

Garrett Grayson

Colorado State

4Sr

4th

Bryce Petty

Baylor

5Sr

5th

Sean Mannion

Oregon State

5Sr

6th

Cody Fajardo

Nevada

5Sr

7th

Brandon Bridge

South Alabama

5Sr

7th

Chris Bonner

CSU-Pueblo

4Sr

7-FA

Bryan Bennett

Southeastern Louisiana

5Sr

FA

Dylan Thompson

South Carolina

5Sr

FA

Blake Sims

Alabama

5Sr

FA

Justin Worley

Tennessee

4Sr

FA

Hutson Mason

Georgia

5Sr

FA

Taylor Heinicke

Old Dominion

4Sr

FA

Rakeem Cato

Marshall

4Sr

FA

Shane Carden

East Carolina

4Sr

FA

Connor Halliday

Washington State

5Sr

FA

Anthony Boone

Duke

5Sr

FA

Jerry Lovelocke

Prairie View

4Sr

FA

Mark Myers

John Carroll

5Sr

FA

C.J. Brown

Maryland

6Sr

FA

Bo Wallace

Mississippi

4Sr

FA

Grant Hendrick

Boise State

5Sr

FA

Taylor Kelly

Arizona State

5Sr

FA

Trevor Siemian

Northwestern

5Sr

FA

Garrett Safron

Sacramento State

5Sr

FA

Gary Nova

Rutgers

4Sr

FA

Jameill Showers

UTEP

5Sr

FA

Terrance Broadway

La-Lafayette

5Sr

FA

Jake Waters

Kansas State

4Sr

FA

Tyler Murphy

Boston College

4Sr

FA

Quinn Epperly

Princeton

4Sr

FA

Cole Stoudt

Clemson

4Sr

FA

Phillip Sims

Winston Salem State

5Sr

FA

Frank Rivers

Albany State

4Sr

FA

David Ash

Texas

4Jr

Full Name: Bryan Bennett School: Southeastern Louisiana

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 211 40: 4.79 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Oregon transfer who started the past two seasons for Southeastern Louisiana. Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 after 2357 passing yards and 18 TDs as well as 669 yards on the ground with 15 more scores.

Pos: Athletic quarterback with a next-level arm. Moves well in the pocket, easily gets outside the box to make throws and shows the ability to pick up yardage carrying the ball. Sells ball fakes, knows where his receivers are and always in control the situation. Remains poised under pressure, relatively accurate and does not make receivers work to catch the ball. Displays a sense of timing and good wherewithal.

Neg: Loses a lot of velocity and accuracy throwing on the move. Does not display a quick release. At times predetermines where he’s going to throw the ball regardless of whether or not the target is covered.

Analysis: Bennett comes off two productive years on the small-school level and possesses the physical skills and arm strength for a West Coast or timing offense.


Full Name: Chris Bonner School: CSU-Pueblo

Ht: 6-6.5 Wt: 237 40: 4.92 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who finished his senior season with 3291 yards passing and 30 TDs when he completed 56% of his throws. Junior totals included 3413 yards passing and 33 TDs.

Pos: Large, statue-like quarterback with a next-level arm. Effectively controls the offense, stands in the pocket against the rush and has a smooth release. Effectively sells ball fakes, natural looking off the safety and knows where his receivers are. Displays a sense of timing on throws, patient and takes a big hit in order to get the ball away. Quickly gets the ball out of his hands, drives deep passes downfield and all his throws have good velocity. Relatively accurate and does not have receivers waiting for the ball.

Neg: Inconsistent in the details of his position. Will stare down the primary target. Indecisive under the rush. Does not consistently throw the ball with an over hand delivery or with proper footwork. Usually high of the mark when he misses on throws.

Analysis: Bonner possesses the size and arm strength to play the next level though he’ll need to refine his game. He’s worthy of a late-round pick and should get practice squad consideration this fall.


Full Name: Anthony Boone School: Duke

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 231 40: 5.02 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who finished with a career-best 2700 passing yards and 17 TDs as a senior.

Pos: Athletic and strong-armed quarterback with poor accuracy. Possesses a live arm, throws with great velocity and the ball immediately gets to the intended target. Does a terrific job selling ball fakes, easily gets outside the pocket or moves behind the line of scrimmage to give himself a better view of the field. Puts air under deep throws and drives passes downfield with speed. Natural looking off the safety. Quick and elusive carrying the ball.

Neg: Does not consistently throw with proper fundamentals or mechanics. Sprays passes and makes receivers work hard to catch the ball.

Analysis: Boone was a solid quarterback on the college level but his inability to accurately throw the ball on a consistent basis means it’ll be a struggle for him to make it at the next level.


Full Name: Brandon Bridge School: South Alabama

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 223 40: 4.65 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Alcorn State transfer who stepped into the starting line up as a senior and threw for 1927 yards and 15 TDs.

Pos: Large, strong-armed quarterback with tremendous upside. Displays speed on all his throws, airs out the deep ball and loses nothing throwing on the move. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and easily escapes the rush. Sells ball fakes, displays skill running with the ball and has the speed to beat defenders into the open field. Possesses a live arm, quick release and can make all throws. Moves around the pocket to buy time, keeps his eyes downfield and locates the open receiver.

Neg: Inconsistent point of release and often slings the ball from the side. Erratic with his accuracy and constantly off the mark. Does not consistently release the ball with proper footwork and releases passes off his back foot. Does not consistently find defenders and forces the ball into covered targets.

Analysis: From a physical standpoint, Bridge is one of the better quarterbacks in this draft considering his size, arm strength and athleticism. His mechanics are awful as can be his decision-making, but at the very least Bridge should be stashed on a practice squad considering the upside potential he possesses.


Full Name: Terrance Broadway School: La-Lafayette

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 217 40: 4.62 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 2295 yards passing and 13 TDs last season as well as 653 yards rushing and 3 more scores. Career-best 2842 yards passing and 17 TDs came during his sophomore season.

Pos: Athletic college quarterback who maybe best at running back or receiver at the next level. Sells ball fakes, looks away from covered targets and to his credit gives receivers a chance to make receptions. Stands in the pocket as it collapses around him, does not make poor decisions under the rush and throws the ball with good speed. Escapes pressure and easily makes throws on the move. Possesses a quick release and live arm.

Neg: Struggles with his accuracy down the field. Does not release the ball with proper

footwork. Occasionally forces the ball into covered targets.

Analysis: Broadway was a winning quarterback on the college level but lacks the size and downfield accuracy to stay at the position on Sunday. He plays with good wherewithal and is a solid athlete, which should get him consideration at a skill position this summer.


Full Name: C.J. Brown School: Maryland

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 207 40: 4.82 Year: 6Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who led Maryland with 2083 passing yards and 569 yards on the ground last season. Totaled 57 career touchdowns, a Maryland school record.

Pos: Relatively athletic quarterback with practice squad ability. Senses the rush, nimble enough to sidestep defenders and keeps his eyes downfield searching for the open wideout. Throws with an over-the-top delivery, possesses the arm strength necessary to get the ball through the tight spots and loses little throwing on the move. Effectively sets up screen throws, displays a command of the offense and remains poised under the rush.

Neg: Can be a streaky passer. Stares down the primary target. Indecisive.

Analysis: For the most part Brown is an accurate quarterback who gives receivers a chance to make receptions. He possesses next level arm strength and has the underlying skills to succeed as a third quarterback on a roster.


Full Name: Shane Carden School: East Carolina

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 218 40: 4.93 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter and two-time All-conference selection. Posted a career-best 4736 yards passing as a senior after 33 passing touchdowns the prior year.

Pos: Smart, tough quarterback with marginal physical skills. Remains poised under pressure, consistently makes good decisions and quickly locates his receivers. Displays outstanding field vision as well as instincts. Fluid and natural looking off the safety. Throws a catchable ball. Takes the safe underneath outlet rather than forcing the ball into covered receivers. Sells ball fakes, displays a sense of timing on throws and stays with the action. Mobile enough to get outside the pocket, escape the rush and make the throw on the move.

Neg: Possesses an average arm. Passes lacks speed and he struggles getting the ball downfield. Lacks height and has throws batted away. Loses velocity throwing on the move. High off the mark when he tries to zip the ball into targets.

Analysis: Carden was a tremendous college quarterback, consistently producing, but possesses average size and below average arm strength for the next level. He could be an asset as a third quarterback in a timing offense.


Full Name: Rakeem Cato School: Marshall

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 180 40: 4.73 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors each of the past two seasons and named conference USA Player of the Year in 2013. Senior totals included 3903 yards passing, 40 TDs and 13 INTs.

Pos: Athletic quarterback who lacks size and accuracy for the next level. Has a live arm, quick release and displays velocity on all his throws. Gets passes through the tight spots, accurate on crossing routes and drives deep throws. Athletic and easily eludes defenders to keep plays alive, creating yardage if things break down.

Neg: Must improve the timing of throws. Often short of the mark. The further downfield he throws the ball the less accurate he is. Tends to ready himself before delivering passes.

Analysis: Cato was very productive on the college level but lacks the size and pass placement for the next level.


Full Name: Quinn Epperly School: Princeton

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 223 40: 4.98 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons, posting a career-best 2137 yards passing and 25 TDs as a junior.

Pos: Accurate short-range passer coming off an injury-plagued senior campaign. Smart, patient in the pocket and does a terrific job commanding the offense. Works hard in all aspects, sells ball fakes and displays a sense of timing on throws. Easily gets outside the pocket to make the throw on the move.

Neg: Lacks size, pocket stature and arm strength. Loses velocity throwing on the move.

Average athlete.

Analysis: Epperly looked like a world-beater in the Ivy League as a junior but lacks the physical skills to make it out of camp this summer.


Full Name: Cody Fajardo School: Nevada

Ht: 6-1.4 Wt: 223 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of all-conference honors since his freshman season. Senior totals included 2374 yards passing, 18 TDs and 11 INTs. Also added 997 yards rushing and 13 more scores last year. Career passing numbers of 2786 yards and 20 TDs came during his sophomore season.

Pos: Athletic quarterback with the ability to beat opponents with his arm or legs. Throws with an over-the-top delivery, has a quick release and powers the ball into targets. Puts speed on all his throws, possesses the arm strength necessary to get the ball through the tight spots or drive the passes downfield. Effectively sells ball fakes, leaves defenses guessing and loses nothing throwing on the run. Effectively picks up yardage with his legs displaying both quickness and strength carrying the ball. Terrific open-field runner, displaying the speed and agility necessary to beat defenders into the open field then down the sidelines. Tough competitor who willingly sits in the pocket and takes a big hit in order to get the ball away. Great job knowing where his receivers are, quickly locates the open target and has a good command of the offense.

Neg: Not averse to throwing the ball into covered targets. Can be all over the place with throws and must improve his downfield accuracy. Has a long windup and throwing motion. Short and may struggle seeing over lineman.

Analysis: Fajardo is an athletic quarterback with the arm strength and athletic skills to line up in a read option system. He must improve his accuracy and throwing fundamentals but is a developmental prospect who can also line up as a receiver or running back on gadget plays.
Full Name: Garrett Grayson School: Colorado State

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 213 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 after recording 4006 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns. Junior totals included 3696 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Pos: Vertical passer with a next-level arm. Possesses a quick release, immediately gets the ball out of his hand and can make all the throws. Poised in the pocket, has good size and withstands the rush. Delivers the ball to check-down receivers, puts touch on throws when necessary and has a terrific sense of knowing where receivers are. Effectively makes his reads and calls at the line of scrimmage, scans the field looking for the open receiver and buys time for receivers. Leads receivers with deep throws displaying a sense of timing.

Neg: Marginally effective throwing on the move and loses a lot of accuracy on passes. Does not always sense the backside rush. Has a lot of dropped passes. Not a quarterback who’s going to pick up yardage with his legs despite his 40 time.

Analysis: Grayson is a strong-armed passer who consistently challenges the vertical game and uses all his targets. He may be incapable of handling a complex offense at the next level but if asked to play in a run-oriented system as a pocket passer, Grayson is starting material.
Full Name: Connor Halliday School: Washington State

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 196 40: 4.85 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who missed three games with injury as a senior but still finished the year with 3873 yards passing and 32 TDs. Junior totals included a career-best 4597 yards passing and 34 TDs.

Pos: Patient, intelligent quarterback with marginal physical skills for the next level. Buys time for receivers, remains poised under the rush and displays a great sense of knowing where receivers. Effectively sets up screen passes and throws the ball with great timing. Very accurate in the short and intermediate field, placing passes where only his target can make receptions.

Neg: Does not possess a big arm. Cannot zip the passes through tight spots and deep throws hang in the air. Puts the ball up for grabs at times or tosses passes into covered targets. Not a nimble quarterback who can escape the rush or pick up yardage with his legs.

Analysis: Halliday was efficient and did a terrific job commanding the passing offense at Washington State but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a third quarterback at the next level.


Full Name: Taylor Heinicke School: Old Dominion

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 214 40: 4.60 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter and former Walter Payton Award winner in 2012. Senior totals included 3476 yards passing and 30 TDs. Career-best 5076 yards passing came as a sophomore when Old Dominion played in Division IAA.

Pos: Smart, instinctive quarterback with poor measurables. Poised, does a terrific job controlling and commanding the offense and displays a great sense for what’s happening. Knows where his receivers are, accurate and gives receivers a chance to make receptions. Senses pressure, steps up to avoid the rush and shows the ability to escape outside the pocket to make the throw on the move. Natural looking off safeties, quickly locates the open receiver and displays a sense of timing on throws. Accurate and effectively places passes.

Neg: Lacks pocket size, stature and overall arm strength. Cannot get the ball through the tight spots, cannot zip the outs or drive the deep passes downfield.

Analysis: Heinicke was ultra productive on the college level and one of the better quarterbacks to play on Saturdays. He possesses a tremendous head for the position but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a practice squad quarterback.
Full Name: Grant Hendrick School: Boise State

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 198 40: 4.78 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a senior after posting career totals of 3696 yards and 23 TDs.

Pos: Small but poised and accurate quarterback with limited upside. Patient in the pocket. Displays a terrific head for the position and overall awareness of what’s happening. Does not make poor choices or force the ball into covered targets and always gives receivers a chance to make receptions. Displays terrific timing, hits receivers in stride and keeps his eyes downfield. Elusive with the ability to avoid defenders or pick up yardage carrying the ball.

Neg: Lacks pocket size, stature and struggles withstanding the rush. Does not possess a big time arm or the ability to drive the ball downfield.

Analysis: Hedrick was a smart and productive quarterback on the college level but lacks the size and arm strength for the NFL.


Full Name: Brett Hundley School: UCLA

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 226 40: 4.60 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who finished with 3155 yards rushing and 22 TDs as a senior after 3071 yards and 24 TDs the prior year.

Pos: Athletic quarterback with an erratic game. Stands strong in the pocket, buys time and scans the field. Somewhat elusive avoiding defenders, fleet footed and picks up yardage with his legs. Fires the ball into targets, drives passes downfield or gets the ball through the tight spots. Sells ball fakes and senses the rush then steps up and avoid defenders.

Neg: Has to work on his ball security. Shows little in the way of awareness and indecisive under the rush. Slow to pull the trigger and all too often stares down the primary target. Must improve his pass placement as he misses wide-open receivers or has them adjusting to catch errant throws.

Analysis: From a physical point of view Hundley grades as one of the better quarterbacks in this year’s draft but his decision-making and pass placement leave a lot to be desired. He’s a mature individual and offers a great amount of upside potential but will need a lot of one-on-one coaching before he’s NFL ready.


Full Name: Taylor Kelly School: Arizona State

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 209 40: 4.81 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted a career-best 3039 yards passing and 29 TDs as a sophomore in 2012.

Pos: Solid college quarterback with minimal upside for the next level. Patient in the pocket, senses the rush and possesses the mobility necessary to elude defenders or pick up yardage with his legs. Sells ball fakes, displays good field vision and puts touch on throws when necessary. Relatively accurate.

Neg: Has a small, slight build. Lacks arm strength, cannot drive deep passes or get the ball through the tight spots.

Analysis: Kelly was a productive quarterback on the college level but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a practice squad player in the NFL.


Full Name: Jerry Lovelocke School: Prairie View

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 248 40: 4.93 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Senior totals included 2472 yards passing, 16 TDs and 9 INT’s.

Pos: Large, strong-arm passer with an erratic game. Possesses outstanding pocket size, easily withstands the rush and gets rid of the ball with a flick of his wrist. Quickly gets passes to the intended targets, can drive the ball downfield or get the throw through tight spots.

Neg: Improperly reads the defense, does not find players in the secondary and forces the throw into covered targets. Makes a lot of adverse decisions. Not a quarterback who can elude the rush or pick up yardage with his legs.

Analysis: Lovelocke is a physical specimen with the arm strength necessary for the next level but needs to improve his reads and decision-making to have any chance of making it off a practice squad.


Full Name: Sean Mannion School: Oregon State

Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 229 40: 5.06 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who posted a career-best 4662 yards and 37 TDs as a junior. Senior totals included 3164 yards and 15 TDs with 8 INTs. Has a career completion percentage of 64.6%.

Pos: Productive college quarterback with average physical skills for the next level. Quickly locates the open receiver, accurate and gives targets a chance to make receptions. Natural looking off the safety, sells ball fakes and patient in the pocket. Displays a sense of timing on passes, spreads the ball around and goes to secondary targets. Moves around the pocket to give himself a better view of the field and buys time for receivers. Puts touch on throws and effectively sets up screen passes.

Neg: Lacks a downfield arm and cannot drive deep throws. Has a short arm delivery. Does not always release the ball with proper footwork. Not a quarterback who’s going to pick up yardage with his legs and struggles eluding or avoiding the rush.

Analysis: Mannion was an efficient quarterback on the college level and is a solid developmental prospect, who could be a #3 QB at the next level.


Full Name: Marcus Mariota School: Oregon

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 222 40: 4.43 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his freshman season. Awarded the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Won 36 games in college. Junior totals included 4454 yards passing with 44 TDs and 770 yards rushing with another 15 scores. Sophomore passing totals included 3665 yards and 31 TDs. The most-decorated player in Oregon history.

Pos: Athletic, mature quarterback with a tremendous upside. Patient, buys time for receivers and waits until the last moment necessary before leaving the pocket. Takes off out of the pocket as a last resort unless running the ball is the primary play call. Improvises when plays breakdown, easily scrambles away from defenders and loses nothing throwing on the move. Picks up big yardage on design runs and shows the ability to run away from defenders in the open field. Outstanding job selling ball fakes, natural looking off the safety and remains poised under the rush. Plays tough, smart football, does not take unnecessary hits or make errors in judgment. Possesses a quick release, passes explode out of his hand and all his throws have good velocity. Possesses the arm strength to get the ball through the tight spots, drive deep passes and hit receivers in stride. For the most part accurate and does not make receivers work hard to catch the ball. Quickly locates the open receiver, displays a sense of timing and anticipation and effectively sets up screen plays.

Neg: Must improve his overall pass placement. Will miss open receivers. Off target passes are usually high of the mark. Not known as a vocal, get in-your-face type of leader.

Analysis: Mariota made an immediate impact at Oregon the minute he stepped on the field as a redshirt freshman. He’s an athletic prospect and a very good quarterback with the ability to lead a franchise at the next level. Off the field Mariota is a mature person who’s not distracted by much. He needs to polish areas of his technique but has the physical and mental skills necessary to lead a franchise for a long time to come.
Full Name: Hutson Mason School: Georgia

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.85 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Started 13 games last season throwing for 2168 yards, 21 TDs and 4 interceptions. Set the school record for completion percentage last season with 67.9%.

Pos: Poised, timing passer with a solid deep arm. Patient in the pocket, buys time for receivers and senses the rush. Possesses a quick release, a live arm and puts air under deep throws. Shows a good sense for what’s happening, sells ball fakes and knows where his receivers are. Scans the field looking for the open receiver, stands in the pocket and takes a big hits in order to get the throw away. Throws effective corner and fade patterns. For the most part accurate and does not make receivers work to catch the ball.

Neg: Stares down the primary target. Not a mobile quarterback who can elude the rush or pick up yardage with his legs. Ineffective throwing on the move.

Analysis: Mason did a terrific job after moving into the starting role for Georgia and has enough tools to develop for the future.


Full Name: Tyler Murphy School: Boston College

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 213 40: 4.82 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Florida transfer who totaled 1526 yards passing, 11 TDs and 10 INTs last season for Boston College when he also led the team with 1079 yards rushing and 10 additional scores on the ground.

Pos: Somewhat athletic quarterback, better running the ball than he is passing it. To his credit looks off the safety, goes to the safe underneath outlet and shows the ability to elude defenders and avoid the rush. Effectively makes the throw on the move or picks up yardage with his legs. Possesses the speed and quickness necessary to turn the corner.

Neg: Short and struggles seeing over the line. Makes questionable decisions under the rush and lacks poise. All over the place with passes and makes receivers work hard to come away with receptions.

Analysis: After riding the bench at Florida, Murphy saw extensive action last season and proved himself to be an athletic college player but a marginal quarterback prospect. Lacking the accuracy and pass placement to play under center on Sunday, his best opportunity will be at running back or as a red-zone quarterback.


Full Name: Mark Myers School: John Carroll

Ht: 6-3.6 Wt: 207 40: 4.97 Year: 5Sr

Bio: University of Pittsburgh transfer who’s started the past three seasons. Senior totals included 3428 yards passing with 41 TDs and a completion percentage of 67.3%.

Pos: Strong-armed, left-handed passer with the ability to make all throws. Sells ball fakes, stands in the pocket against the rush and nimble enough to get outside the box then elude defenders. Puts touch on throws when necessary, throws the ball with good velocity and puts air under deep passes. Takes the safe underneath outlet and throws a catchable ball.

Neg: Does not always find the defensive back. Often throws into a crowd. Must improve his defensive reads.

Analysis: Myers was a productive small-school quarterback and offers the physical skills to play at the next level but must improve his decision-making.


Full Name: Gary Nova School: Rutgers

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 215 40: 4.94 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past three seasons posting a career-best 2851 yards passing as a senior. Also added 22 touchdowns with 12 interceptions.

Pos: Streaky quarterback who’s struggled with concussions in the past. Patient in the pocket, senses the rush and steps up to avoid defenders. Keeps his eyes downfield and buys time for receivers. Challenges the vertical game, puts air under deep throws and gives receivers a chance to come away with receptions.

Neg: Cannot drive the deep throw. Stares down the primary target or the general area where he’s delivering the ball. Not averse to tossing passes into covered receivers.

Analysis: Nova had a streaky career at Rutgers that was interrupted by concussions. He must first pass medical exams then show consistent accuracy in camp this summer to have any chance of sticking on a roster.


Full Name: Bryce Petty School: Baylor

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 230 40: 4.81 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-America and all-conference honors since his junior campaign. Senior totals included 3855 yards passing and 29 TDs in 12 games. Missed time with a back injury last year. Junior totals included a career-best 4200 yards passing with 32 TDs.

Pos: Poised, patient passer with a large upside. Stands in the pocket, decisive and a quick thinker. Goes through receiver progressions, accurate in the short field and places passes where only his receiver can make receptions. Effectively sells ball fakes, puts touch on throws when necessary and displays a sense of timing. Buys as much time as necessary, gets outside the pocket to give himself a better view of the field and throws a nice deep ball. Relatively effective throwing on the move.

Neg: Benefited from a wide-open system at Baylor, which rarely used tight ends or fullbacks. Does not throw with great velocity and struggles getting the ball through tight spots. Back injury must be checked out.

Analysis: Petty was ultra productive in Baylor’s high-octane offense and could develop into a terrific West Coast/timing quarterback at the next level if he’s fully healthy.


Full Name: Garrett Safron School: Sacramento State

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 205 40: 4.59 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 3490 yards passing with 34 TDs after 3289 yards passing and 13 TDs as a junior.

Pos: Small but instinctive quarterback with limited physical skills. Effectively controls the offense, knows where his receivers are and puts touch on throws when necessary. Sells ball fakes, displays a sense of timing on throws and shows the ability to get outside the pocket then make the pass on the move. Escapes the rush, picks up yardage with his legs and to his credit consistently makes proper choices.

Neg: Possesses average arm strength and cannot power the ball through the tight spots or drive deep passes. Does not consistently release the ball with proper footwork, which adversely affects his accuracy. Struggles hitting targets down the field.

Analysis: Safron was incredibly productive on the college level but was more a product of the system and lacks the size as well as the arm strength for the NFL.


Full Name: Jameill Showers School: UTEP

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 235 40: 4.84 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Texas A&M transfer who started the past two seasons. Senior totals included 1732 yards passing and 12 TDs, with an additional 288-yards and 4 more scores carrying the ball.

Pos: Athletic college quarterback with marginal accuracy for the next level. Possesses a big arm, has an explosive release and quickly gets the ball to the intended target. Puts touch on throws when necessary and gets the ball through the tight spots. Easily gets outside the pocket to make the throw on the move. Effectively sets up screen passes.

Neg: Doesn’t do a good job sensing the rush. Stares down the primary target and slow to move his head. Does not make good decisions under pressure.

Analysis: Showers is an athletic quarterback with an outside chance in a read-option offense.


Full Name: Trevor Siemian School: Northwestern

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 215 40: 5.05 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Full-time starter the past two seasons. Posted a career-best 2214 yards passing in 11 games as a senior before suffering a season-ending injury. Threw 11 touchdowns during his junior campaign. Career totals included 27 touchdowns with 24 interceptions.

Pos: Cognizant, timing passer who usually makes proper decisions. Displays a terrific sense of knowing where his receivers are, finds the open target and does not force the ball into coverage. Natural looking off the safety, stands strong in the pocket and takes a vicious hit in order to get the throw away. Shows great sense for what’s happening, buys as much time as necessary and throws with timing. Senses the rush and nimble enough to get outside the pocket to elude defenders.

Neg: Passes lacks velocity, giving defensive backs the opportunity to make plays on the ball. High off the mark when he tries to put extra speed on throws. Coming off a season-ending knee injury.

Analysis: Siemian was efficient and methodical on the college level but lacks the skills to be anything other than a third quarterback in a West Coast or timing system at the next level.


Full Name: Blake Sims School: Alabama

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 218 40: 4.45 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting quarterback role last season throwing for 3487 yards, 28 TDs and 10 INTs. Also rushed for 350 yards and another 7 TDs.

Pos: Athletic college quarterback who may be best at running back in the NFL. Displays vision and instincts carrying the ball, easily cuts back against the grain and quickly gets through running lanes. Terrific with ball fakes, elusive and easily avoids the rush or scrambles away from defenders. Stands in the pocket taking a big hit to get the throw away and possesses the arm strength necessary to make all the passes. Moves around the pocket to give himself a better view of the field.

Neg: Inaccurate, sprays his throws and misses wide-open receivers. Struggles placing passes and makes receivers work to catch the ball.

Analysis: Sims did a solid job as Alabama’s starting quarterback last year but lacks the mechanics and accuracy to stay at the position in the NFL. A terrific athlete, he’s likely to be tried as a running back/punt returner over the summer.


Full Name: Cole Stoudt School: Clemson

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.94 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Started eight games last season passing for a team-high and career-best 1892 yards.

Pos: Inconsistent quarterback with an average arm. Flashes accuracy and puts passes were only his receivers can make receptions. Displays a sense of timing on throws hitting receivers in stride.

Neg: Possesses average arm strength. Slow going to secondary targets. Misreads the defense and puts the ball into double coverage.

Analysis: After sitting behind Tajh Boyd for three seasons, Stoudt showed a lot of inconsistency as the starter last year. He’s practice squad fodder who may not make it out of camp this summer.


Full Name: Dylan Thompson School: South Carolina

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.81 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Moved into the starting role last season then set a South Carolina record with a conference leading 3564 yards passing. Also threw 26 TDs.

Pos: Patient intermediate range passer who accurately places throws. Sits in the pocket, scans the field and goes through progressions. Elusive with the ability to scramble away from defenders, buys time and improvises when plays breakdown. Quickly locates the open receiver, effectively times his throws and does not have receivers waiting on the ball. Knows where his receivers are and accurate making the throw on the move. Possesses a relatively quick release.

Neg: Lacks great pocket stature. Cannot drive deep throws.

Analysis: Thompson did a terrific job the only year he started for South Carolina and displayed enough accuracy to warrant space on a practice squad.


Full Name: Bo Wallace School: Mississippi

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 205 40: 4.97 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who started three years at Mississippi, winning a variety of all-conference honors after each campaign. Senior totals included 3194 yards passing, 22 TDs and 14 INTs. Career-best 3346 yards passing came during his junior campaign.

Pos: Productive college quarterback who lacks the physical skills for the next level. Sells ball fakes, plays with poise and consistently locates the open receiver. Shows the ability to get outside the pocket to escape the rush, displays a sense for what’s happening and effectively commands the offense. Patient, displays a sense of timing throwing the ball and does not make receivers work hard to catch the ball.

Neg: Slow going to secondary targets, does not always locate the defensive back and throws a lot of interceptions. Does not always release the ball with proper footwork. Lacks the big-time arm and cannot drive deep passes.

Analysis: Wallace looked like a world-beater at times on the college field but does not possess the arm strength or athleticism to make it out of camp this summer.


Full Name: Jake Waters School: Kansas State

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 214 40: 4.91 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Junior-college transfer who posted a career-best 3501 yards passing and 22 TDs last season while also adding 484 yards on the ground with 9 more scores.

Pos: Short but efficient quarterback who gets the most from his ability. Sells ball fakes,

patient in the pocket and willing to take a big hit in order to get the throw away. Elusive, easily gets outside the pocket to make the throw and effective running the ball. Plays faster than his 40 time showing the speed and agility necessary to turn the corner. Occasionally lined up at receiver.

Neg: Lacks pocket stature and size. Struggles with his downfield accuracy.

Analysis: Waters was productive on the college level but lacks the true measurables for any position in the NFL.


Full Name: Jameis Winston School: Florida State

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 231 40: 4.91 Year: 3So

Bio: Two-year starter awarded the Heisman Trophy and Davey O’Brien Award in 2013. Passing totals last year included 3907 yards, 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Freshman totals from 2013 included 2641 yards and 40 touchdowns. Accomplished relief pitcher.

Pos: Athletic quarterback prospect with tremendous upside potential. Scans the field, knows where his receivers are and patient in the pocket. Sees the rush, steps up to avoid defenders and keeps his eyes downfield. Stands strong against the rush, sidesteps defenders to buy extra time and finds the open receiver. Possesses a big-time arm and easily gets the ball downfield even with defenders are draped on him. Throws with terrific velocity, gets the ball through tight spots and can make all the passes. Improvises when plays breakdown and finds a way to produce. Dangerous carrying the ball and picks up big yardage with his legs. Shows good pocket awareness and a sense for what’s happening.

Neg: Makes some head-scratching decisions and puts the ball up for grabs. Locks onto the primary target, misreads the defense and forces the ball into covered receivers. Throws with a narrow base, which adversely affects the way passes comes out of his hands as well as the accuracy of throws.

Analysis: Winston has the potential to be a quarterback for the ages with his ability to take over games. He possesses the necessary athletic skills to line up in a variety of systems and comes with an abundance of upside potential. That said he needs work on his throwing mechanics and defensive reads. He also needs to mature off the field. Winston could be the consummate boom-or-bust prospect; a player who can grow into a franchise quarterback or devastate a team at the next level.


Full Name: Justin Worley School: Tennessee

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 225 40: 4.97 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Started seven games last season throwing for 1579 yards and 12 TDs before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Started seven games the prior year then went down with a thumb injury.

Pos: Nice-sized pocket passer with solid physical skills. Possesses a quick release, shows a solid deep arm and the ability to get the ball downfield. Puts touch on throws and gives his receivers a chance on corner or fade patterns. Natural looking off the safety, displays a sense of timing and patient in the pocket. Quick footed with the ability to escape the rush then gets outside the pocket to make the throw on the move. Relatively accurate with nice pass placement.

Neg: Does not always find the defensive back and will force the ball into covered targets. Has a long injury history and struggles to stay healthy.

Analysis: Whirly is a nice-sized passer with good accuracy but has struggled to stay healthy. He needs to improve his decision-making as well as show durability but is worth consideration on a practice squad.


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