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2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: QB Trace McSorley

Positional ranking: #4

Big Board ranking: #53



Position: QB

College: Penn State

Class: Senior

Age: 23



Height: 6’0 1/8”

Weight: 202 lbs.

Arm length: 31”

Hand size: 9 1/8”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.57 sec.

Vertical jump: 33.0”

Broad jump: 115.0”

Bench press: DNP

3-cone drill: 7.09 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.12 sec.



Dual-threat quarterback with an aggressive play style. Top-notch deep ball accuracy. Not afraid to throw outside the numbers. Gives his receivers a chance to make plays. Intelligent and experienced. Quick release. Works through progressions. Resets his feet while scanning the field. Understands ball placement and can spin it. Poised and accurate under pressure. Maneuvers well in the pocket. Keeps his eyes downfield as a scrambler. Sells play-action fakes. Fast and elusive in the open field. Clutch performer and winner. Extremely tough. Played through injury in final season. Offers “change-of-pace” versatility.



Inconsistent overall accuracy. Better throwing to a spot than making a tight-window throw. Will try to do too much at times. Needs to be quicker hitting checkdowns. Size will likely force him to reign it in as a runner against NFL defenders.


NFL comparison

Dak Prescott – While this comp isn’t perfect because Trace McSorley is a more aggressive passer than Prescott (and Dak is bigger), both are mobile quarterbacks that can be a bit streaky in terms of accuracy, but leadership and the ability to do damage as a runner help offset any flaws.



Overall, Trace McSorley is easily the most undervalued prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, as similar to Josh Allen last season, “experts” are simply looking at the stats and completely ignoring the intangibles. Even if he never turns into a quality starter, I think McSorley’s floor is that of an talented backup that can come in and win games.


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