Since VY's career here is over. I decided that I will begin to post scouting reports on unknown QB's and known QB's in this years draft. They will include info from scouts on different websites and I will attach any video I can find on the QB in question. I will update these periodically all the way up until the draft in April.
Disclaimer: In order to prevent people from seeing this as I biased report based off of weather I want the guy or not I have used scouting reports from various football sites with links back to their sites for you to read them. I did not write any of the material other than the title and all of these reports belong to their corresponding authors and websites.
Pat Devlin QB, Delaware
10/1/10: Devlin is probably the toughest quarterback in college football right now. He fractured his left wrist, and returned to play two weeks later against Richmond going 14-21 for 240 yards. Devlin's production in his first two games was mediocre only throwing for a 6.3 YPA against West Chester and South Dakota State.
3/29/10: As a junior at Delaware, Pat Devlin threw for 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine picks on a 7.7 YPA and 64.0 completion percentage. He boasts a strong arm and could be a first-round pick with a solid senior campaign.
2/4/09: Pat Devlin doesn't have much playing experience, thanks to Darryl Clark, but he possesses a rocket arm. He transferred over to Delaware in hopes of becoming the next Joe Flacco. With two strong seasons, Devlin could be a first-round pick in 2010.
From: Walter Football.com
Throughout 2010 and the spring of '11, Devlin will constantly be compared to former Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco -- currently the Ravens' starter after being drafted by the organization with the 18th overall selection of the 2008 draft. Not only have they worn the same Fighting Blue Hens' uniform and own similar physical characteristics (Devlin is a couple of inches smaller), they followed somewhat winding paths to college football success.
Devlin transferred from Penn State after his sophomore season (leaving before their Rose Bowl appearance to enroll at Delaware before spring practice), as Flacco did from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, to get more playing time. A top-ranked quarterback prospect out of high school, he redshirted his first season and then played just three games as a redshirt freshman (his only pass attempt fell incomplete). After losing a preseason battle for the starting spot to Daryll Clark in 2008, he played in 10 games as a reserve (25-of-47 passing, 459 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions) and led the team to an upset win over top-ranked Ohio State with two second-half scores after Clark went down with an injury. Devlin did not light the world on fire in his first season at Delaware, but acquitted himself well completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Flacco also had adequate, but not exceptional, passing statistics in his first year with the Hens (63.3 completion pct, 2,783 yards, 18 TD, 10 INT). He exploded as a senior (4,263 yards, 23 TD, five INT) and led his team to the FCS Championship Game, where they lost to powerhouse Appalachian State. If Devlin can step up and produce using his accuracy and moxie, while improving his ability to look off defenders, general managers throughout the league are more likely to project him to be a starter worthy of a very high draft pick.
Accuracy: Owns NFL-caliber accuracy but he does play in a quarterback-friendly spread offense and throws a lot of slants and other intermediate, underneath routes. Generally leads his man to the ball on crossing routes, seam throws and deep balls. Did have games in which he and his receivers weren't on the same page. Puts the ball on the receiver but away from defenders. Accurate looking one way then dumping to the flat. Excellent touch, accuracy and trajectory on fades thrown into the end zone. Puts deep balls to the sideline and in a position where most receivers can make a play. His height and over-the-top delivery will result in overthrown balls, especially on deep outs.
Arm Strength: Does not have a rocket arm but has more than enough pace to make every throw at the next level. Snaps off throws down the seam to beat cover-two and in tight places in the end zone. Throws 40-yard balls down the sideline accurately and without great effort. Deep balls have nice trajectory and do not float. Usually not forced to put passes in tight windows over the middle at the FCS level, but has the arm and confidence to complete that type of throw. Has pace on shorter passes but does not overthrow them. Could improve the consistency in his spiral; the ball comes out wobbly too often, reducing velocity and accuracy.
Setup/Release: Over-the-top delivery with a quick release, can drive balls downfield when stepping into throws and snap off passes when an underneath route is wide open. Has quiet feet -- generally set when throwing, although the offense requires mostly quick throws -- and can unload quickly and accurately when flat-footed or off-balance to hit hot routes. Usually in the shotgun for pass plays, but has some experience under center. Good ball fake from I-formation and can quickly spin and reset to find his receiver.
Reading Defenses: Experienced passer who takes his time to survey the scene before and after the snap. Works out of the shotgun and in the no-huddle quite often; coaches call plays and make adjustments from the sideline. Moves running back to the opposite side of the formation for protection. Used on read-option plays, effective reading the end to get eight or more yards when they cheat inside on running backs. Eyes too often stick on one receiver or one side of the field, but is capable of coming off to find third option or safety valve. Will need time to adjust and be able to anticipate the speed of NFL middle linebackers to get back into coverage (and look them off) before attempting throws down the middle.
On the Move: Just threatens defenses enough with his feet to pick up first downs if a running lane is available to him. Gets the ball off quickly and is generally accurate when running to his right on designed rollouts; some throws are a bit high or wide, but in places where only his man can make the catch. Keeps his eyes downfield when escaping the pocket to the outside. Lowers his head when forced up the middle, agile enough to get through some traffic in front of him but is not overly elusive. Better on called draw runs, can turn a defender sideways or sidestep them to slide by a tackle. Has a nose for the endzone on draws. Knows when to get out of bounds to live to fight another play. Good strength and size to push the pile on quarterback sneaks. Calm and poised in the pocket but needs to feel backside pressure more quickly to move within the pocket, unload the ball or tuck it away.
Intangibles: Stepped in as a leader immediately after arriving at Delaware. Intelligent, tough and mature player who leads by words and example. Academic All-American at Penn State, not eligible for that award as first-year transfer in 2009.
11/16/2010 - An encouraging phone call from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler last week indicates what kind of season it's been for the Blue Hens. The Blue Hens are all the talk in the Football Championship Subdivision, as Biden, the former U.S. Senator from Delaware, knows all too well. Delaware ascended to the No. 1 ranking in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25 on Monday, capturing 116 of the 159 first-place votes and 3,927 points in the poll of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters and writers "It's neat for the kids. Obviously, you worked hard all season long and things fell our way in terms of some people losing and we get a chance to be ranked No. 1," Keeler said. "We'll take a minute on Sunday and we'll discuss these kinds of things. They don't give you a ring for, hey, we were ranked for two weeks No. 1 in the country - that's not the way it works. Our kids get it, our kids understand that we have a lot in front of us. We've got to battle a very good Villanova this weekend and worry about that. It's a nice accomplishment for the program and a nice accomplishment for these kids." Delaware (9-1) is ranked No. 1 for the first time since the 2004 preseason poll, which followed the Blue Hens' national championship season in 2003. The Blue Hens, behind an offense led by senior quarterback Pat Devlin and a defense that has allowed the fewest points in the FCS, have clinched at least a share of the CAA Football championship. They host Villanova on Saturday with a chance to make it an outright title and add the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. Delaware rose one spot from No. 2 following its 45-27 victory at Massachusetts and William & Mary, last week's No. 1, losing at James Madison, 30-24, on Saturday. - The Sports Network
11/24/2010 - 2010 CAA FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Delaware senior quarterback Pat Devlin was the Blue Hens' offensive leader enroute to a share of the 2010 CAA Football crown. The Downingtown, Pa., native is tops in the league and sixth nationally in passing efficiency over 10 of Delaware's 11 games with a mark of 151.3. Devlin, one of 10 finalists for the Unitas Golden Arm Award, ranks second in the league averaging 215.8 yards passing per contest. The senior, one of the 20 finalists for The Sports Network/Fathead.com Walter Payton Player of the Year Award, heads into next weekend's postseason after completing 179 of 266 passes for 2,158 yards and 14 touchdowns. - CAA football
Devlin is looking to follow another former Delaware signal caller into the next level. As with Baltimore's Joe Flacco, the 6-foot-2 junior enrolled in a BCS school (Penn State) and like the strong armed Flacco, he jumped ship in search of a starting opportunity. Devlin had a tremendously successful 2009, completing 64 percent of his passes (220-344) for 2,664 yards and 16 TDs (9 INTs). He also rushed for 127 yards on 81 carriers and was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award. Not as big as Flacco, but with better mobility. Has ideal height and adequate bulk. Moves well in the pocket and has the speed to turn the corner (4.78). Good arm strength. Shows good timing and touch. Throws well on the run. Has the mental makeup of a pro passer. Better than average accuracy. However, he doesn't show enough zip on out routes. Lacks pure velocity on deep passes. Has a windup delivery. Slow, methodical release. Has trouble checking down secondary reads. Tends to throw balls up for grabs too often. Devlin is an average-to-good prospect with decent upswing. He is not as physically gifted as Flacco, but has the talent to become a solid backup in the NFL. A mid rounder with potential, Devlin could move up with a good workout.
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