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Patriots Draft Danny Etling, QB



The New England Patriots finally added to their quarterback room late in the day on Saturday, drafting LSU quarterback Danny Etling with the first pick in the seventh round. Here is a very quick scouting report on Etling.

Best Traits: Etling is an experienced starter in a run-heavy, “pro-style” offense. He displays suitable footwork and drops from both under center and in the shotgun, but his three-step drops tend to be much cleaner than his five-step drops, which tend to drift aimlessly at the top. Etling shows sufficient ball placement, much better in the short-area of the field than downfield. In terms of arm strength, he displays suitable velocity for life in the NFL. Throws fairly well on the move, best when rolling to his right, as one would expect of a right-handed QB. Decent footwork in the pocket and makes full-field reads when asked.

Worst Traits: Anticipation on throws is poor, very much a see-it, throw-it passer who will need to improve in this area drastically. Tends to lock onto his initial target, particularly in pressure situations such as third downs. Play speed and processing speed need vast improvement. Accuracy dips when forced to move off the spot or click-and-climb in the pocket. His lower body mechanics are in need of work. Tends to step in the bucket and away from his target, and it impacts ball placement.

Year 1 Projection: Outside shot at a late round pick, likely a UDFA who earns a training camp invitation. Can stick around as a practice player.

Year 3 Projection: Could develop into a lower-tier backup.

Scheme Fit: Projects best to a run-heavy, West Coast offense.



Mark is a former college quarterback and attorney, who now focuses on writing and talking about football. He is a Head Writer at Inside the Pylon, he contributes to RotoGrinders and The Gopher Report, hosts Breaking the Plane and Locked On Patriots, and is the quarterback scout for the Bleacher Report NFL1000 project.

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June 12, 2018: The Blind Side

June 13, 2018: We Are Marshall

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