Chad Kelly-QB-Ole Miss
Size: 6’2 224lbs

Chad Kelly

Strengths:

  • Solid arm
  • Competitive
  • Accurate on the move
  • Decent athleticism

Analysis: Chad Kelly has an NFL arm that can make you say “wow” occasionally. He can alter his release to account for sudden shifts and movements by defense or his own receivers. Poise is good enough. Will pump, slide, and re-set his feet to make accurate throws. Can set up and fire quickly from the pocket. He looks comfortable in rollouts and boot-action throws. Completed 66.7 percent of his passes when on the move in 2016. Shuffles to safe spots inside the pocket and is able to scramble out of pressure and find targets. Willing runner with runs of 43 and 41 yards over last two seasons.

Weaknesses:

  • Character issues
  • Inconsistent working through progressions
  • Worked exclusively in shotgun or pistol
  • Accuracy in the pocket

Analysis: I can say with conviction that Chad Kelly will not be a legitimate quarterback in the NFL. If I were an NFL scout I would stay far, far away. Growing up in Buffalo, NY with Chad I have seen up-close and personal the type of “man” he is and his character flaws should be a huge red flag to prospective teams. He had multiple blow-ups with coaches at Clemson, which led to his release from the program in April 2014. Ole Miss took a chance on Kelly, and stayed with him after an altercation with a restaurant bouncer in Buffalo where he threatened to “spray this place.”  He didn’t stay out of the headlines in 2016, either, as he ran onto the field of a high school game in which his brother was playing because the young quarterback took a late hit out of bounds. There of course are the snap chats of Kelly doing illegal drugs and the list could go on. He also doesn’t measure up when it comes to on-the-field talent as well.

Kelly has worked almost exclusively from shotgun and pistol. Struggles to maintain early success after halftime defensive adjustments. Completed just 2-of-12 deep shots down the left sideline in 2016. Under-throws some deep balls when trying to pass with touch. Inconsistent air under the ball. Saw interception percentage skyrocket when throwing to left side of the field. Woeful on back-shoulder fades. When pressure heads his way, he tucks and scoots rather than stands and delivers. Has random bouts of inaccuracy on wide receiver screens and outs. Throws nose-dive on move throws. Inconsistent working through progressions. Fails to see wide-open receivers, opting instead to make his job harder. Mind appears to be racing at times.

What scouts say: “We value leadership at quarterback and I don’t trust his. He could ruin a locker room in the NFL.”

NFL Comparison: Ryan Leaf

Draft Projection: Round 6-Undrafted

 

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