2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Pat Devlin
Devlin is a coveted I-AA product who has all the tools and intangibles to make a name for himself at the next level. A former Penn State recruit, Devlin left the Big Ten to pursue a starting job, and has wowed scouts with his big arm and accuracy in the process.
Devlin looks to follow the path of another former Delaware product, Joe Flacco, and raise his draft stock with a solid senior bowl and combine appearance. Outwardly, he’s a fine quarterback prospect, but he needs to prove himself in several areas to ensure a higher draft selection.
Player Name: Pat Devlin
Hand: 9 7/8
Devlin is a tough quarterback with a big arm, somewhat in the mold of Joe Flacco, but much smaller and more accurate. Accuracy is his main selling point, although his arm strength rivals the top quarterback prospects. He’s displayed great toughness and leadership, playing with a significant wrist injury, and completing 68% of his passes in 2010. Really can make all the throws, and just needs more time and work to get his consistency down. Has solid mechanics and gets his feet set before he throws. Does a tremendous job leading his receivers, and excels in the intermediate game. Has shown some solid mobility and displays good decision-making. Threw just three interceptions in 2010.
Clearly didn’t face elite competition and doesn’t have the amount of experience you’d look for if you’re drafting a franchise passer. Tends to hold onto the ball too long and doesn’t always make the easiest pass, both negative attributes that can be attested to his limited experience as a starter. There is a slight concern that his accuracy and good decision-making is often impacted by his tendency to checkdown to his running back or tight end. Makes the decision to checkdown much too early at times. Needs to prove he can stand tall in the pocket in the face of NFL-type pressure. Still only average at reading defenses and recognizing blitzes and coverages. Has been pretty inconsistent as a starter the past two years, and at a lower level of competition, that raises concern.
If he didn’t hail from a small school, Devlin might have been able to prove his worth as a locked-in top-5 quarterback. His arm and accuracy already have him in that discussion, however. Still needs quite a bit of work, but a good Senior Bowl and NFL Combine could easily get his name called somewhere in the second round. A poor showing in either showcasing could make him a third or fourth rounder.
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