By: Steve Johnson
Cole McDonald, QB, Hawaii
6’3 1/8” 215
32 2/8″ arms. 9 6/8″ hands
4.58 40 36″ Vert. 121″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
7.13 3 Cone Drill 4.52 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 6 games. 5/9 for 22 yards, 1 TD
2018: 13 games. 285/484 (58.9) for 3875 yards, 36 TDs, 10 ints
2019: 14 games. 326/511 (63.8) for 4135 yards, 33 TDs, 14 ints
Misc. Stats: 251 car for 880 yards, 12 TDs
Accolades: 2019 Second-team All-Mountain West
History: Two-star recruit from La Habra, CA. Attended Sonora High School, where he also ran track.
Strengths: Good size, ideal height. Quick release. Skilled at reading the defense pre-snap. Can really put some zip on his intermediate throws. Can buy time, and make plays with his feet. Good improviser. Really good athlete (a combine line of 4.58/36/121 is impressive). Legs keep the edge honest on RPOs. Hands are on the larger size.
Weaknesses: Awkward release that coaches will want to retool. Arm thrower that will get him in trouble at the next level. Below average ball velocity. Played against inferior talent. Hawaii is known for having QBs put up numbers, but they never pan out.
Overview: A developmental QB that will need time in a good Quarterback room. McDonald is a good athlete and has a decent arm, but needs to re-develop his mechanics and learn how to play the position in the pro game. Hawaii hasn’t exactly had success producing NFL talent at the position, despite putting up numbers. He should be drafted, but not until late Day 3.
Evaluation based on games. Colorado St. 18′, Arizona 19′, BYU (Hawaii Bowl 19′
Draft Projection: Late Day 3
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.27
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