2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Andy Dalton
Andy Dalton arrived at TCU as a fairly low-profile three-star recruit out of Katy, Texas, but left five years later as the winningest quarterback in the school’s history.
After redshirting in his first season, Dalton then started for each of the next four years and finished with a career record of 42-6. He also led the Horned Frogs to the first two BCS bowl game appearances in school history.
Dalton wasn’t originally considered to be a particularly strong NFL prospect, but his numbers have improved in each of his four collegiate seasons, and his exceptional senior campaign (66 percent completions, 27 touchdowns, six interceptions) has his stock on the rise.
Player Name: Andy Dalton
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Dalton has surprisingly good mobility, and is able to extend plays and still make good throws while on the run. He was also an exceptional scrambler in college, rushing for a total of 1,611 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career. While his physical attributes won’t blow you away, Dalton is a very good decision-maker, as evidenced by his having thrown no more than eight interceptions in any of his final three seasons. He’s a very accurate passer, and has improved greatly in terms of being able to put good touch on the deep ball. TCU developed into one of the more proficient offenses in the nation during Dalton’s tenure, and his leadership and intangibles certainly played a part. Dalton isn’t overly conservative, and his yards-per-attempt increased to 9.0 as a senior. His completion percentage gradually increased from 59 as a freshman to 66 as a senior.
His throwing arm isn’t particularly strong, but he can get by with it. Unlike guys like Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett, he doesn’t possess many physical tools that help to set him apart. He’s coming from a spread system in college, and will have to show that he’s capable of taking snaps from under center and running a pro style offense at the next level. At 6’2″, he’s slightly undersized for an NFL quarterback, and his three-quarters release point will likely need to be adjusted. At times, he can lock onto a receiver rather than going through his progressions properly. Dalton seems like more of a game manager than a guy that will be able to put a team on his back as a pro.
Dalton will be playing in the upcoming Senior Bowl, and can help improve his already rising stock with a strong showing. This draft has a fairly deep crop of quarterbacks, so Dalton may slide as a result. Most projections have him going anywhere between the late second round and the fourth. Without any of the other quarterbacks considered “can’t miss” prospects, there’s certainly time for Dalton to move up by the time April comes around.
On 4/25/2011, NFL Network analyst Jason La Canfora claimed that Andy Dalton would be a Top 10 pick, and be selected by the Titans at the 2011 NFL Draft. Dalton is a talented player, but will likely be closer to a early second-early third round selection come April 28th-29th.