2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

by Cory J. Bonini on March 22, 2011 @ 04:15:06 PDT

 


Texas Christian University senior quarterback Andy Dalton heads to the 2011 NFL Draft after four years as a starter for the Horned Frogs.

Dalton saved his best for last, throwing for career highs in yardage (2,857) completion percentage (66.1), touchdowns (27), sacks allowed (eight) and efficiency rating (166.48).

Strengths

  • Intelligent player and team leader
  • Enough zip for intermediate throws
  • Nice touch on fade routes
  • Andy Dalton, draft prospect
    Upside can be found elsewhere
    Mobile in the pocket, capable thrower on the run
  • Wins games - only one loss in last 22 games
  • Smart with the football
  • Four-year starter 

Weaknesses

  • Lacks velocity beyond 15 yards
  • Three-quarters release point
  • Transferring from a spread offense to the NFL
  • Not physically gifted
  • Limited upside

Expected draft placement

NFL teams will likely tab Dalton with the dreaded game manager label, but he brings enough to the table to eventually be an NFL starting quarterback in the right situation. 

Dalton doesn't do any one thing that separates him from the rest, but he is an all-around solid prospect. Expect him to be drafted in the third round in April.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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