Cody Kessler USC Quarterback
HT 6-1 Weight 215
A highly touted quarterback prospect from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California. He was an early enrollee at USC and saw game action as a holder as a red-shirt freshman. He is a three year starter and has amassed over 10,000 passing yards during his career.
Mechanics.Has a quick release and is able to reset and deliver the ball.
Pocket presence Shows the ability to step up in the pocket or slide to buy time, able to use legs to extend play. Does not seem aware at times of pressure or blitzes.
Decision Making At times stares down receiver and benefited from a lot of one read type plays and many screens, check downs and short passes. Can be very decisive and locate the open man. Shows good poise in the face of pressure and attempts to make positive yardage plays out of potential sacks. Makes sound decisions with the football and man times takes what the defense gives him.
Mobility He has the ability to extend plays at times, but lacks the ability to make plays with his legs. Very adept at using a side step move to elude defenders in the backfield and keep the play alive.
Arm Strength Does not put a ton of zip on the ball consistently,. Struggles to drive the ball into tight areas on intermediate and deep type throws. Can get the ball downfield but relies more on timing and touch than arm strength. NFL defenders will close on those routes and make a play on the ball.This is why he could struggle to make intermediate and deep throws in the NFL.
Accuracy Very adept at making short to intermediate throws. Shows good touch,anticipation, and timing on short to intermediate throws. Struggles with the deep ball at times.
Projection As a pro prospect he doesn’t have nearly the upside of many other qb’s in his draft class. He could be selected in the middle rounds of the NFL draft and develop as a backup and eventual spot starter.
Fantasy Outlook Cody Kessler was a tremendously productive college quarterback. His game doesn’t seem like it will translate all that well to the NFL style of play. He could develop down the road into a spot starter type player, but currently probably doesn’t deserve a lot of fantasy attention unless you are in a deep dynasty type league.
Tyler Wilson 6-3 220 Sr QB Arkansas
Has good height for the position. He has a good sized frame and has a little room to grow into to it.
He displays above average mobility. He can scramble and buy time with his legs or tuck and run for positive yards. He is not a threat to make a game breaking run, but is able to pick up positive chunks of yardage.
He has good overall arm strength. He has plenty of arm strength to make every NFL throw. At times he does not put as much zip as he is capable of on a throw. Some of this is attributed to his mechanics as sometimes he falls off to the side as he throws and at times he doesn’t set his feet and transfer his weight as he throws.
He is a tough player who is willing to stand in the pocket and take a hit while delivering the ball down-field. He steps up in the pocket and occasionally exits the pocket early. He keeps his eyes down-field while scrambling and rolling to the sideline.
He pretty good overall accuracy. At times his mechanics affect his accuracy. When given time to go through progression and step up in the pocket he is an accurate passer.
At times he forces passes into coverage. Sometimes he doesn’t have a lot of zip on these passes because of his mechanics. Other times is he overconfident with arm and throws late and across his body. When given time he flashes the ability to work through his progressions and make pretty good decisions with the football.
He shows the ability to change arm angles when necessary. At times he throws slightly sidearm.
Suffered a head injury after taking several hits to the head in a game vs Louisiana- Monroe. He missed a few games and then returned to play the rest of the season.
He was a two year starter for the Razorbacks. Arkansas 2012 season was a big disappointment. It started with head coach Bobby Petrino being fired in the summer and assistant coach John L. Smith taking over. Many of Wilson’s receiving weapons graduated. Despite a difficult year for the Razorbacks he still threw for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. His interception to touchdown ratio went up significantly form 2011 when he threw just 6 interceptions.
Wilson has good size for an NFL quarterback. He displays above average mobility, a quick compact release, and enough arm strength to make all of the necessary NFL throws. He is a tough player who is not afraid to take a hit. His accuracy can be a bit inconsistent and much of that can be attributed to his footwork and lower body mechanics. Overall he projects to become a starting quarterback with some development and coaching at the next level.