Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle recently had a standout performance at the National Football League Scouting Combine. The purpose of this report is to evaluate the draft prospects of Croyle in this year's draft.
Croyle is the son of Teresa and John Croyle. His father played football for Paul "Bear" Bryant. Croyle was a SuperPrep All-America at Westbrook Christian School in Rainbow City, Ala. Despite missing his high school senior season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, he still set Alabama prep records with 9,323 yards passing and 105 passing touchdowns. Many considered him the top high school quarterback prospect at the time. In total, he holds nine Alabama state high school passing records.
Croyle was at Alabama during the 2001-05 seasons. In 2001, he was red-shirted. At Alabama, Croyle had a successful college career; despite missing most of the 2004 (junior) season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He had successful surgery for that knee injury and later in the year had a second surgery to repair a partially dislocated left (non-throwing) shoulder with a torn labrum. In 2005, his senior season, Croyle had a respectable season with 202 completions, 2,499 passing yards, a completion percentage of 59.6 percent, 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Croyle has a very strong arm. He is accurate and throws a good ball. He is intelligent enough to learn and can read defenses. He works hard and brings a good attitude to every game. He also comes from one of the best college football programs and showed at Alabama that he could perform at a high level under considerable pressure.
After a great showing at the NFL Combine, Croyle reportedly wowed a few scouts enough to force one undisclosed evaluator to say: "He went from a fifth-round choice to a second-round pick."
Starting in high school, Croyle was troubled by injuries. He missed significant time with injuries. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, there are legitimate questions whether he is strong enough and big enough to absorb the punishment of the NFL. Injuries he has sustained since his freshman year in high school include: torn labrum, elbow dislocation, and torn ACL's in both knees.
To survive in the NFL, he will probably have to bulk up 15 to 20 pounds through weight training. Croyle is not mobile, so he may be vulnerable to the blitzing packages employed by modern NFL defenses. He is still considered green and would be viewed as a project player by most teams that might draft him. Still, he is viewed as a player with a lot of potential, and the upside is what intrigues teams about this player.
EXPECTED DRAFT PLACEMENT
Croyle helped himself with a solid NFL Combine. Some experts are now projecting him to be drafted as high as the second round. It is likely he will be drafted either late in the second round or somewhere in Rounds 3. He is a third-tier prospect and should be taken sometime after the big three of Southern California's Matt Leinart, Texas' Vince Young and Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler. It is expected that the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions will all select quarterbacks in the first round, so they will not be likely to gamble on a project player like Croyle.
Teams likely to consider drafting him after the first round include the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. Long-shot interest might come from the Minnesota Vikings or Buffalo Bills.
It should be noted that Miami and Dallas are both very much in need of a young quarterback they can groom. Currently, KFFL projects Croyle to be a second-round selection of the Kansas City Chiefs to groom behind the soon-to-be 36-year-old Trent Green.
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About Jack Douglas
Jack Douglas is an attorney and a freelance writer who has been playing fantasy football and baseball since 1991. He has played in many different leagues using different rules and has captured several championships. He has been a KFFL Contributor since 2000
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