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TCU QB Andy Dalton, The Draft Study

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First of all, how cool is that photo? And in case you don’t know, TCU stands for Texas Christian University. It’s a little long to go in the title.

Now, for the entirety of the draft season, we have seen how Dalton has been rated. It goes something like this:

Dalton, ya know he’s one of those guys thats gonna be alright, nothing special. Real accurate like Drew Brees but not a strong arm (also like Brees). I don’t really know. He will probably be a career backup and maybe do ok in spot work. Im guessing mid-2nd round for this guy.

How boring does that sound? The Brees comparisons confuse me. How does a guy draw comparisons to Drew Brees and end up in second round grading, also like Brees. I’ll admit, I have only see Dalton play a few times and since I’ve been living without internet over the last few months, I’m in an ignorant state. I did, however, watch him on “Grudens QB Camp” on ESPN. I came away wowed. I was writing my Ryan Mallet Draft Study at the time and was really wanting Mallet on the Jags, but we’ll save that argument for later. Regardless, I immediately knew that Dalton had that enigma of an “it factor” that everyone wants QB’s to have. Let’s see if I’m right, I really have no idea.

Dalton on “Grudens QB Camp” link to ESPN.

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  • http://www.blackandteal.com The Linebacker

    What lack of arm strength? The Rose Bowl highlights showed him hitting the out routes with enough power and his long balls were right on the money and in stride.

    • jagtagonist

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj-4131UbFg

      this is andy dalton vs san diego state

      the arm strength issue is a little more apparent here. It’s not one i would lose sleep over it’s just that it does limit him physically. he can make all the throws. The problem is that some of these throws float whenthey shouldnt. sometimes he has to “push” his body a little more into the throw than someone like mallet or kaepernick would need to.

      but watch that and let me know what you think. or at least the first 2 minutes of it

      • http://www.blackandteal.com The Linebacker

        I see it somewhat. He looks like he’s really having to give it his all to make his throws. Doesn’t look easy for him. Kinda like he’s trying to throw a fastball every throw. The touch throws were good though and it looks like he has the strength to throw it deep and the placement to get the fade route.

        • jagtagonist

          once again, im wit 100% on that assessment

          he has to try harder than you’d want but at the same time, he is a student of the game, he is extremely accurate and he has a good enough arm.

          Drew Brees did it, so does this convince scouts that Dalton, the second most winningest QB in NCAA history can do it as well?

          theres our big question