NFL Draft Spotlight: Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan

by on March 22, 2010 @ 14:07:14 PDT


A stable in the Central Michigan Chippewas' offense the past four years, quarterback Dan LeFevour's senior season resulted in his best quarterback rating (150.26) and best touchdown-to-interception ratio (4-to-1).


  • Extremely athletic - only the second quarterback in NCAA history to pass for at least 3,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000 in a single season (Vince Young, 2005).
  • Rolls out of the pocket very fluidly, throws well on the move
  • Good size (6-foot-3, 230 pounds)
  • Durable - tied the NCAA D-I record for most starts (51)
  • Accurate (69.7 percent in 2009)
  • Locker room leader
  • Understands nuances (pre-snap reads, looking off safeties)
  • Determined in the open field
  • Above-average footwork in the pocket
  • Good timing on short routes
  • Experienced: four-year starter


  • Arm strength is just average - wobbly deep passes that often fall short
  • Gets happy feet and will tuck the ball to run too soon from time to time
  • Locks on his first read too often
  • Comes from a spread, shotgun offense

Expected draft placement

While LeFevour, a former high school running back, doesn't have a lot of negatives, the few he does are glaring. He'll need to learn how to come out from under center, first of all. The bottom line, regardless of how accomplished his collegiate career may have been, LeFevour is the definition of a project in the NFL. He'll need a few years of grooming, but he could easily develop into a top-flight NFL quarterback in the right situation. We expect him to be drafted in the neighborhood of the late third or early fourth round.

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