2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

by Cory J. Bonini on March 5, 2012 @ 12:51:11 PDT

 


Arizona quarterback Nick Foles has size on his side, but teams in the 2012 NFL Draft must realize they have a project on their hands. He enjoyed a productive senior season, despite losing twice as many games as he won.

Foles, a rhythm passer, threw for 4,334 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions but took 23 sacks on the year. Some scouts see potential, others see a slow-footed system product in the former Wildcat.

Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
System product?

Strengths

  • Tough physically and mentally, plays with determination
  • Large frame (6-foot-5, 243 pounds)
  • Surveys the field well
  • Above-average arm strength
  • Respected team leader - hard worker
  • Poised in the pocket
  • Doesn't give up
  • Would fit well in a West Coast offense - extremely accurate underneath
  • Tremendous upside
  • Competent game manager
  • Large hands (10 5/8 inches)
  • Experienced in play-action passing and from the shotgun (limited experience under center)

Weaknesses

  • Questionable on-field judgment and ball security
  • Largely slow and immobile
  • Doesn't have a lot of touch on deep passes
  • Slower release than you would like to see
  • Tends to hang on to the ball too long - takes a lot of sacks (43 in last two years)
  • Needs to acclimate to an NFL system
  • Injury concerns

Expected draft placement

Foles may be in a better spot in a weaker quarterback class, but that is a moot point in 2012. He will need time to be groomed and acclimate himself to the NFL, especially the game speed. 

Expect to hear his name in the third or fourth rounds. Foles has potential but comes with enough downside to make teams pause. He could draw the interest of the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, among others, such as the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

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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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