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Prospect Profiles: Greg McElroy


Triangle Numbers: 6-1, 220, 4.87

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Adequate height and bulk with a sturdy frame
• Extremely smart with an amazing football IQ
• Makes good decisions / takes care of the ball
• Pretty accurate with nice touch and timing
• Is calm, cool and collected under pressure
• Tough, competitive, hard working and a leader
• Winner who has been successful at every level

• Does not have the arm strength you’d prefer
• Isn’t overly athletic and mobility is lacking
• Is not a threat to make plays with his feet
• Needs to tweak mechanics / throwing motion
• Can be inconsistent with footwork at times
• Was never asked to carry a team in college
• Overall upside might be limited in the pros

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: True game manager… High football IQ… Very intelligent player and person, was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, is currently working on his master’s degree and scored a 43 on the Wonderlic test… Played in a pro-style offense that should translate well to the NFL… A winner; has lost only three games that he has started since eighth grade… Efficient player; makes good decisions… Shows good poise in the pocket, steps into pressure and isn’t afraid to throw while getting hit… Decent arm strength, can make most NFL throws… Solid bulk… Teammates react well to him in high pressure situations. .. Really took his game to the next level as a senior, made defenses respect the pass.

Negatives: Long release allows defenders to jump his passes… Holds the ball too long, takes far too many sacks, needs to get rid of the ball quicker… Below-average athlete… Low ceiling, physical ability is limited… Was not asked to throw a ton and had arguably the best running back tandem in the country to rely on to pull safeties towards the line of scrimmage at Alabama… Will throw off his back foot under pressure.

National Football Post:

Possesses average overall height for the position, decent girth through his frame and is a good enough athlete to move around the pocket and find throwing lanes for himself while avoiding the rush and keeping his eyes down the field. However, he needs to do a better job being content to throw the football away. At times will move around too much trying to buy time and takes far too many unnecessary sacks for a senior quarterback.

Does a nice job manipulating defenses in the pocket, knows how to work his eyes from one side of the field to another and consistently is able to find his secondary reads. Possesses a good mental clock, for the most part, getting rid of the football on time in the face of pressure and does as good a job as any quickly identifying his hot read and getting the ball out on time. Exhibits top-tier accuracy in the short and intermediate pass game, and when he can step up into a throw his ball placement is about as good as it gets.

Allows receivers to run through his passes and create after the catch. Has improved his footwork this season, keeping his feet under him, striding toward his target and doesn’t fall off nearly as many throws as he did last season. However, he does lack ideal arm strength at this stage. Isn’t a guy who can consistently throw the football on a line down the field, can’t be late with a read and has to rely on his ability to anticipate routes and be on time in order to make all the necessary NFL throws. But with some hard work and wrist strengthening he can improve a bit in that area. Possesses above-average touch in the short/intermediate pass game, but the ball seems to really hang up on him any time he’s asked to try to make a play vertically and has had a tendency to overthrow some very good receivers during his time at Alabama.

Has that “it” factor. He seems to always be in control of the game, never lets his emotions get the best of him and he’s a winner dating back to his high school days. He has been very productive in the fourth quarter of some big ball games and seems like the kind of smart, level-headed kid who is going to work as hard as any QB in the draft class once you get him into an NFL camp.

Impression: Has really made strides as a quarterback. Isn’t the most physically gifted of kids, but he reads and reacts as well as any QB in the nation, can decipher info quickly and is very accurate with the football. Might be more of a backup type option on most teams’ draft boards, but if he gets in the right kind of scheme the guy does have the ability to fight for playing time with some development.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Greg McElroy is a mid to late round QB prospect, who has done nothing but win in his career. I’m not sure if he’s a starter in this league. More of a West Coast offense guy, to me. Love the intangibles. Has lost 3 games since middle school. He’s coming to the Giants for a visit. Giants have wanted a backup QB of their own for years now. Think Andre Woodson, Rhett Bomar. They were boom or bust guys who were busts. McElroy is safer. He’s not going to ever wow you, but as a backup, you could do worse. 6th round seems like an appropriate landing spot. He’s a game manager, so if Eli does go down,  he’s not going to be able to carry a team. But, he won’t make mistakes, and he’ll be trustworthy. Is he the new Sage Rosenfels? Could be



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