NFL Draft Analysis: Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech Red Raiders

by Ben Rubin on February 11, 2009 @ 04:05:05 PDT

 


Quarterback Graham Harrell's senior season was certainly one to be remembered in the college football world. He led the Texas Tech Red Raiders to an impressive 11-2 season, including a victory over then-No. 1 Texas in November. He was third in the nation in passing touchdowns this season, with 45, and with that he broke the all-time NCAA mark, finishing with 134. He also led all quarterbacks this season with an astounding 5,111 passing yards. In 2007, Harrell won the Sammy Baugh Trophy (top college passer), and he won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (top senior quarterback) this year.

Strengths

  • Accuracy (third in NCAA at 70.6 percent)
  • Quick release
  • Good pocket-passer
  • Can throw on the run
  • Intelligence (2008 Academic All-Big 12 posting a 4.0 GPA)

Weaknesses

  • Arm strength is average, at best
  • Potential system quarterback
  • Limited mobility
  • Limited experience in a conventional offense
  • Not a great athlete
  • Poor footwork

Expected draft placement

While there are many teams looking for help at the quarterback position this year, Harrell does not look like the immediate answer. A poor Senior Bowl performance proved to scouts he is not quite ready for the NFL - yet. Surely some team will be interested in the record-setting Red Raider, though Harrell will have to wait until at least the second day to hear his name called. Originally labeled as a possible fourth-round pick, Harrell could fall as far as the fifth or sixth round, but he should definitely be drafted. The San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears and the Seattle Seahawks could all potentially have interest later in the draft.

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