Alabama senior quarterback Greg McElroy is a borderline sleeper prospect in the 2011 NFL Draft. Possessing superior football intelligence, McElroy has made up for his physical limitations.
In 2009, he passed for 17 touchdowns to only four interceptions. His second season as a starter was even better, as he completed 20 passes for scores and tossed only five picks while completing 70.9 percent of his passes.
- Extremely intelligent
- Understands defenses
Two-year starter in the SEC
- Very accurate
- Proven winner
- Senses pressure fairly well
- Enough arm strength to make most throws
- Shows good touch when required
- Has a hitch in his release
- Lack of desired height (6-foot-1 7/8)
- Lacks mobility and general athleticism
- Footwork gets sloppy when under pressure
- Recovering from a hand injury suffered at the Senior Bowl
Expected draft placement
McElroy could come off the board in the third round, but look for him in the fourth or later. His skill set suggests he should be a West Coast signal caller, but McElroy has enough arm strength to manage a run-first pro-style system.
He probably will be drafted as an heir apparent to an entrenched starting quarterback at the next level. Consider the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings as possible candidates.
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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