Pro Day Tour Prospect of Day: Fajardo

With the Packers looking to add a quarterback to the mix, we take a deep look at Nevada's Cody Fajardo, who is arguably the best dual-threat QB in this draft. We have statistical accomplishments and a big chunk of his official NFL scouting report.

Based on where the Green Bay Packers deployed their scouts, we present our Prospect of the Day, featuring career notes and a large segment of his official NFL scouting report, courtesy of the NFL’s longtime head scout and frequent Packer Report contributor Dave-Te’ Thomas.

Nevada QB Cody Fajardo


— Fajardo and former Nevada star Colin Kaepernick are the only players in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision history to have thrown for more than 9,000 yards and rushed for more 3,000 yards during a career. Even though the team played in the Western Athletic Conference during his freshman season, Fajardo holds the Mountain West Conference all-time quarterback record with 11 100-yard rushing performances, adding two more as a member of the WAC.

— As a senior, the team captain started every game, completing 59.0 percent of his passes for 2,498 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His teammates dropped 32 passes, which ruined his marksmanship rate. He led the Wolf Pack with 177 carries for 1,046 yards (5.9 average) and 13 scores. Among quarterbacks, his rushing yards ranked third, his yards per carry ranked second and his touchdown runs ranked second. Impressively, 43 of his rushing attempts gained at least 10 yards (24.4 percent).

— Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Fajardo ranks sixth in pass attempts (1,348), surpassed by Shane Carden of East Carolina (1,579), Connor Halliday of Washington State (1,633), Rakeem Cato of Marshall (1,838), Taylor Heinicke of Old Dominion (1,829) and Sean Mannion of Oregon State (1,838)…His 878 pass completions also rank sixth among the active players, placing behind Heinicke (1,238), Mannion (1,187), Cato (1,153), Halliday (1,013) and Carden (1,052)…Ranks eighth within that group for yards passing (9,535), as he is one of nine performers to gain at least 9,000 aerial yards…Ranks sixth overall and second among active quarterbacks with 44 touchdown runs, topped by Keenan Reynolds of Navy (sixth overall with 61)…His 3,482 yards rushing rank sixth overall and first among quarterbacks, as the top four rushers in the FBS are Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin (4,915), Jahwan Edwards of Ball State (4,558), Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska (4,558), Jay Ajayi of Boise State (3,796 and Miami’s Duke Johnson (3,519)…One of six active players with over 100 touchdowns responsible for (101), joining Heinicke (154), Cato (146), Marcus Mariota of Oregon (134), Carden (110) and Brett Hundley of UCLA (105)…Third among this group with 1,942 plays, placing behind Heinicke (2,196) and Cato (2,145)…Only Heinicke (16,279) and Cato (14,918) have gained more total yards than Fajardo (13,141) among active performers...His 14 100-yard rushing performances tied Ohio State’s Braxton Miller (2011-present) for the most among active quarterbacks.

— Fajardo is one of the finest pinpoint passers in college football, as his pass completion percentage of 65.1 is the eighth-best among the current 2015 draft-eligible quarterbacks and best for any active Mountain West Conference performer. His 9,659 career passing yards ranked eighth among active passers.

— Fajardo’s 3,482 rushing yards topped the list of active quarterbacks and ranked sixth among all players. He also ranked sixth overall with 44 scoring runs, as only Navy’s Keenan Reynolds (64) has run for more touchdowns among the nation’s quarterbacks.


2011 Season: Sat out the regular season finale vs. Idaho after suffering an ankle sprain in the Utah State contest.

2012 Season Left the Wyoming game after he was knocked down throwing an interception, suffering a hip contusion, sitting out the following week vs. Nevada-Las Vegas (back)…Suffered an injury to his throwing arm when he smashed his hand into an opponent’s helmet while attempting a pass and was also leveled by simultaneous helmet-to-helmet shots on another pass attempt in the third quarter vs. Arizona in the New Mexico Bowl.

2013 Season Fajardo suffered a right knee sprain vs. Cal-Davis in the season’s second game, missing the bulk of that contest and the entire Florida State and Hawaii clashes…Also sprained his foot vs. Colorado State later in the schedule.


Height: 6-foot-1 1/2. Weight: 223 pounds.

4.63 in the 40-yard dash…1.56 10-yard dash…2.65 20-yard dash…4.10 20-yard shuttle…6.95 three-cone drill…32 ?-inch vertical jump…9’-10” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times…31 3/8-inch arm length…9 1/2-inch hands…77-inch wingspan.


Playing with a mediocre cast has not helped him in the won/lost column, but coincidentally, the master of the pistol offense joins former Nevada star, Colin Kaepernick, as the only players in major college history to throw for over 9,000 yards and run for over 3,000 yards in a career.

The Nevada senior has outstanding foot quickness and balance driving away from center, showing impressive body control to throw on the move. He is equally effective passing off the sprint or from dropback action. He has very quick wrist delivery and the body control needed so he does not have to plant to unleash the long ball.

He is not the type that will get “happy feet” when the pocket is compromised, but when forced to run, he is the type that needs to be accounted for, evident by his 44 touchdowns rushing. He not only has confidence in his rifle-arm, but also shows very good mechanics, as he consistently keeps receivers in their routes in the short-area passing game and can really lay the ball up and hit his targets when he has to uncork the long bombs.

Fajardo shows above-average elusiveness on the run and has enough change of direction agility and quickness to slide and move around the pocket. Do not be confused about his high amount of rushing yardage — he is not the type that will look to run at the first sign of pressure, but he can make plays with his feet, as he doer a solid job of running with a normal stride and good balance.

Things come naturally for him with the ball in his hands, but despite that ability, he still considers himself to be a student of the game, as he will put in the extra hours and effort to improve in every aspect of his game. He has the ability and intelligence to recognize coverage on his pre-snap scan of the field and in his pass drop. Based on his test score (36) and production, he has no problem taking plays from the chalkboard to the playing field.

The thing you see on film is his ability to keep his feet under him while maintaining that balance. Fajardo can reach his throwing point with a normal stride and has the body control and agility needed to drive back from center quickly. He excels at anticipating the route’s progression and has a knack for hitting his receivers in stride.

The Nevada quarterback has a nice shoulder pump fake to get the deep secondary to bite and much like Troy Aikman, he does a fine job making pre-snap adjustments. He does a nice job with his timing and touch, especially when attempting to get the ball over the coverage. He has no problem taking a sack or throwing it away rather than trying to force the ball into tight areas.

While Fajardo has the athletic ability to rely strictly on his strong arm, he has learned how to make proper reads and stay within the frame-work of the offensive scheme. When he steps into his throws, he is ready to unleash in an instant, doing a nice job sliding in and out of the pocket. He is quite effective pushing away from the line of scrimmage in his drops than most young quarterbacks, thanks to his excellent body mechanics, athleticism and ease-of-movement skills.

Fajardo sets his feet well and throws with a tight spiral, displaying a fluid, natural motion. He has the quick feet to get to his throwing point, which is evident by his ability to almost instantly get to the area he needs to be ready to unleash the sphere. He can carry the ball medium/high and flick it out either with a high ? delivery or over the head.

His long ball accuracy is evident by the way he can lead the receivers by putting the ball on the outside shoulder of his targets. In the short passing game, Fajardo excels at putting the ball where the receiver can catch it. He throws a catchable ball with zip or touch and does a nice job of keeping the receiver in the route. He can drop the ball over the top and knows how to take something off his attempts on crossing patterns and shows good flare when he airs it out on his deep throws.

While some NFL teams might want Fajardo to be more of a drop-back passer than one who can easily roll out and throw, he has no problem making plays on the move — in fact, some of his best passes have come when under pressure and forced to improvise. He has excellent ball carrying skills and he has the vision and strength to make things happen with his feet. He can slide and avoid pocket pressure, doing a nice job of escaping and buying time.

With his above average body control, he is one of the best on the move when it comes to avoiding contact. He is not the type that will just pull down and take off, but he has the balance and footwork to make all his throws on the move and do it with great accuracy.

You can see on game films that Fajardo has the bend-and-weave, along with the steady acceleration to escape second-level defenders consistently. In the open, his loose hips and change-of-direction agility leaves most defenders grasping at air. He is also surprisingly strong, evident more so this season.

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