By: Steve Johnson
Trace McSorley, QB, Penn St.
6’0 1/8″ 202
31″ arms. 9 1/8″ hands.
4.57 40 33″ Vert. 115″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
7.09 3 Cone Drill 4.12 20 yard Shuttle
2015: 6 games. 20/40 for 185 yards. 2 TD
2016: 14 games. 224/387 for 3614 yards. 29 TD, 8 int
2017: 13 games. 284/427 for 3570 yards. 28 TD, 10 int
2018: 13 games. 192/361 for 2530 yards. 18 TD, 7 int
Misc. Stats: 473 att, 1697 yards, 30 TDs in career.
Accolades: 2016 Second-team All-Big Ten, 2016 Big Ten Champion, 2017 Second-team All-Big Ten, 2017 Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP, 2018 Second-team All-Big Ten
History: Three-star recruit out of Ashburn, VA. Four year starter at Briar Woods High School, where he led the football team to 4 State Championship games, winning 3. Was recruited mostly as a Safety prospect. He also played basketball and lacrosse. His father, played at Richmond and uncle at Marshall.
Strengths: Quick feet helps him escape the rush and improvise. Can buy time and has big play potential both as a runner and thrower. Throws a good ball on the run. Good, not great arm strength. Strong kid for his size, well built. Good ball carrier vision. Effective in zone-read situations. Great football character, leader and competitor. Tough. Outstanding career production.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal height. Accuracy escapes him at times, specifically on timing throws. Doesn’t have the ball placement ability, that NFL teams desire. Often throws contested balls and has relied on his playmakers to make 50/50 plays. Has had a lot of talent around him, with a half dozen or so NFL talent skill position players. Was not asked to make many NFL reads due to the zone-read/spread type offense run in Happy Valley.
Overview: McSorley is a good athlete, a tough kid and really good player to have in the locker room. What he lacks is the size, arm strength, and true arm talent. McSorley may be worth a late day 3 pick for a team looking for a good backup QB that can provide leadership and work ethic in a QB room. Multiple teams asked McSorley what he thought of playing safety in the NFL.
Draft Projection: Late Day 3/Priority Free Agent
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.20
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