NFL Draft Spotlight: Jevan Snead, QB, Mississippi

by Cory J. Bonini on April 1, 2010 @ 18:17:00 PDT

 


After a breakout season as a first-year starter in 2008, Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead's junior campaign was less than stellar. It was a bit of a shock when Snead declared for the 2010 NFL Draft after he regressed across the board. He finished his collegiate career with 48 touchdown passes and 35 interceptions.

Strengths

  • Big arm
  • Quality size: 6-foot-3, 219 pounds
  • Intelligent
  • Quick release
  • Can gun it into tight quarters
  • Nice deep ball
  • Can be very accurate when his mechanics are right
  • Quality athlete - works well on the move
  • Has considerable upside

Weaknesses

  • Gets happy feet too often
  • Trusts his arm strength more than his ability to read coverage
  • Locks in on one receiver a lot
  • Mechanics regressed as a junior
  • Questionable decision-making both on and off the field
  • His fire and passion for the game are up for debate

Expected draft placement

Essentially, Snead is a wealth of upside and has a lot of untapped potential. A strong NFL coaching staff could nurture his abilities and create a long-term starter after a few years of tutelage, preferably behind a well-established, fundamentally sound quarterback (i.e. not behind a Brett Favre- or Jay Cutler-type).

Snead is a project, and there is little reason to believe he'll be selected before the late third round. Realistically, he should be a fourth-rounder, but don't be shocked if he slides as far as the sixth.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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