Just a year ago Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was assumed to be a lock for the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by many draft experts. Things have changed a bit, as some don’t even have Petty in their top five, and if they do that may not mean he’s a lock for day one of May’s draft. There’s absolutely no denying Petty’s production at the college level, while his final game in a shootout versus Michigan State was a staple game that showcased what he can do when he’s at his best. Unfortantely, scouts got a lot of what he doesn’t do well on tape in 2014 and now he has some mixed reviews going into the draft. Let’s break Bryce Petty down and see where he rests within this year’s crop of quarterbacks:

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 230 lbs

40 Time: 4.87

Strengths

  • Adequate size for the position
  • Quick release with understanding of when to put heat on the ball or use touch
  • Quite mobile in the pocket, and a solid threat to run
  • Smart passer who knows when to throw the ball away
  • Displayed solid accuracy outside the hash marks, improved deep accuracy
  • Arm strength is solid, but not amazing
  • Ailing back injury could have hindered development and consistency
  • Plays with a moxie, very confident, great leader

Weaknesses

  • While improved, deep ball accuracy is inconsistent
  • Not much experience under center
  • Benefitted from one-read system and a lot of screens, short passes in which receivers created YAC
  • Misses passes NFL quarterbacks can’t miss
  • Inconsistency is a real issue
  • Is going to struggle adjusting to reading defense and with progressions
  • Tends to throw off of his back foot with pressure
  • Footwork needs tuning

NFL Player Comparison: Ben Roethlisberger (weaker arm)

Like Big Ben, Petty has solid size and is strong for a quarterback, while he’s also quite nimble footed and athletic. He’s not an elite athlete and his arm isn’t near the caliber as Roethlisberger’s, but he’s similar in his ability to extend plays with his mobility and make things happen on the run.

Draft Range: Rounds 2-3

Petty is a very solid passing prospect but he has a lot of work to do to develop into a consistent NFL starter. He’s going to have to first prove he’s not just a system guy, while also steadily improving his footwork and down field accuracy. If he can do that, he’ll have a shot at being a regular starter in the league. For now, he’s not refined enough to warrant a first round pick and will probably hear his name called in the second or third round.

*Photo credit – Shelby Tauber

About The Author Keet Bailey

Keet is the Breaking Football NFL Draft project leader. A huge draft enthusiast, Keet has covered the NFL draft for over 15 years. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet resides in Ohio.