Scouting Report
Played sparingly through most of his career at Northwestern before turning in a strong senior season in his only year as the starter. Passed for 3,430 yards with 16 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 64.8 completion percentage as he guided the Wildcats to an 8-5 mark and Outback Bowl berth. Nearly led them to an upset of Auburn in that game, going 47 of 78 for 532 yards with four TDs, although he also threw five INTs in the 38-35 overtime loss. Plays with intelligence and manages the game well, is very accurate on short throws and has excellent touch. Uses fakes well and knows how to look defenders off his target. Cool under pressure, knows when to get out of the pocket and can find throwing lanes while rolling out - a skill that could translate well to the pros. Good footwork and can move, having rushed for 887 yards in college despite limited time on the field. Has adequate, though not prototypical, size for an NFL quarterback. Lack of playing time in college, coupled with strong final season, suggests that he could possess a good deal more upside. That lack of experience, however, could also mean he'll face a bigger learning curve. Will have to shed the label of "system quarterback" after thriving in that situation at Northwestern. Does not have a big arm and accuracy suffers on deep throws as a result, and has a three-quarter delivery which could result in a lot of batted balls at the line of scrimmage. Excelled in the East-West Shrine Game, however, going 18 of 27 for 150 yards and throwing for the winning score with 6 seconds remaining. Engineered a late drive the was capped by the TD pass. Workout at the NFL combine should help his stock, as he showed excellent athleticism. Finished in the top eight among QBs in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle. An intriguing prospect that a team might take a chance on in the middle rounds.