Combine measurables: 6-foot-6 ½, 244 pounds.
Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.86 seconds. Vertical jump: 36 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.14 seconds. Broad jump: 9 feet, 10 inches.
Career stats: 38 games, 758 of 1,205, 8,865 yards, 59 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 288 carries, 687 yards, 17 touchdowns.
Draft projection: First-second round.
Lowdown: Believe it or not, this towering athlete is a former running back, operating from a Wing-T offense in high school. … Changed opinions of many NFL scouts who questioned strong showings vs. weaker teams when he came up big in Memphis’ upset win vs. Ole Miss. … Good athlete and has impressive quickness and mobility for his size. … Able to throw accurately on the run. … Has a strong arm, quick release, and is accurate on short and deep throws. … Displays excellent poise, as he demonstrated vs. Mississippi. … Goes through his progression reads well and makes sound decisions with where to go with the ball. … Demonstrates strong leadership.
They said it: “He’s raw talent. He’s got tremendous size, he’s got an incredible arm, mobility is exceptional, he’s a great athlete. Can he become a Joe Flacco-type quarterback with more mobility? That’s what I said back in September, October when he was playing great football. Then he hit good defenses and he struggled, particularly the Auburn game. So I think he’s a quarterback where if you take him and you’re not patient with him, you’re going to be disappointed.” –ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
- Vic Carucci
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