John Skelton Scout

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May 122012
 

 

Quarterback

Fordham

6-5 241

40 time: 4.85

Draft board overall prospect rank: #131

Draft board overall quarterback rank: #9

Overall rating: 63*

            4/3/10: John Skelton is shooting up draft boards after his Combine and Pro Day as he finally got a chance to show the world, coming out of tiny program Fordham, that he can throw the ball like an NFL quarterback. He’s got a massive cannon for an arm and a huge frame to 6-5 241 that draws him comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco. He isn’t as athletic as Big Ben or as mature of a leader as Flacco, but the arm strength is definitely there. His production at Fordham was pretty good, but he played mostly out of the shotgun and he didn’t face a tough level of competition. He doesn’t have good pocket mobility or read blitzes very well, but I like how set his feet are when he throws. He has great deep ball accuracy, but need to improve his short and mid accuracy as he does tend to overthrow guys. His reads and his leadership maturity need to improve as well. Despite being the best quarterback, by far, in his league, he didn’t win a lot being a fairly .500 winner in his career. The fact that he didn’t dominate despite his obvious physical gifts is a bit concerning. He looked amazing throwing at his Pro Day and he has shown many flashes of brilliance at Fordham in his career, but he hasn’t put it all together yet. Teams are reportedly giving him a 3rd or 4th round grade based on his upside alone and I will do something similar because I can see him being a starting quarterback in the NFL someday.

NFL Comparison: Kerry Collins

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