Scout Watch: Rise From Ashland

The football universe is frantic about the start of the 2009 season and NFL organizations have already started planning for the 2010 NFL Draft.'s Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that eight teams scouted a Division II quarterback from Ashland.

It’s been 37 years since a player from Division II power Ashland University was drafted into the NFL, and entering the 2009 season, the Ashland Eagles finally have a prospect worthy of being discussed as a possible draft pick, quarterback Billy Cundiff. Ironically, the Philadelphia Eagles were the team to draft the only two players in Ashland history; in 1971, the Eagles selected linebacker Len Pettigrew in the ninth round, and in 1972, they selected linebacker Bill Overmyer in the 14th round.

Cundiff has received plenty of interest from NFL teams already.
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When Ashland started practice this month, even though they just signed Michael Vick and have a log jam at quarterback, has confirmed that Philadelphia was one of the eight teams in attendance to scout Cundiff. The other teams that have made their way to Ashland, Ohio to get an upclose look at Cundiff were the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers.

The Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers are expected to attend Ashland’s home opener against Michigan Tech on September 12th.

At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Cundiff had an outstanding junior season where he completed 67.4-percent of his passes for 3,776 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions. A former transfer from Connecticut, Cundiff is an intelligent field general who possesses a strong arm. He stands strong in the pocket and throws deep and intermediate routes with a great sense of timing. He’s able to buy time for receivers with his feet and displays the awareness to make key throws on the run. He goes through his progressions, shows patience and delivers an accurate, catchable ball to the receiver. He’s a great leader and commands respect in the huddle.

Cundiff is currently the 14th rated quarterback (211th overall) in’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at:

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