With the 112th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the OAKLAND RAIDERS select:
SR (6’2” – 215lbs)
STRENGTHS: Despite less than ideal height, possesses a solidly built frame and may be the toughest quarterback prospect in the 2013 draft. Willing to stare down the barrel and deliver a strike, providing a physical example of the non-vocal, on-field leadership coaches value at the position. Doesn’t own a true howitzer but possesses plenty of arm strength to make every NFL throw. Can fire the deep-out from the opposite hash and is especially impressive with his velocity on intermediate in-breaking routes. Throws a tight spiral with good accuracy when he sets his feet. Shows good understanding of the offense and will check down to secondary targets when his first receiver is blanketed.
Isn’t going to remind anyone of Robert Griffin III for his elusiveness but has the mobility to slip past rushers in the pocket and buy extra time. Showed better accuracy rolling to either direction than expected when asked to do this in Mobile… Didn’t appear to have any issues at the Senior Bowl in dropping back from center, which again, was a bit of a surprise considering that he wasn’t often asked to do so with the Razorbacks.
WEAKNESSES: He’s quite confident in his ability to fit passes through tight windows, and will throw with just his arm rather than stepping into passes. This confidence, when combined with a slightly elongated delivery, results in an occasional terrible decision that can result in an easy interception. This pattern, unfortunately, also was shown in Mobile.
Saw his interceptions more than double from his first season to his second, leading to some concerns that he was simply trying to do too much and may have the mentality to continue with this destructive all-or-nothing pattern in the NFL. Lacks the athleticism to consistently escape the pocket or to be a threat to run with the ball. Enjoyed his greatest success under Bobby Petrino, whose QB-friendly attack has been known to inflate statistics. Has been knocked out games each of the past two seasons with head injuries and has only started 24 games in his career.
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