One of the most decorated passers in USC history, Cody Kessler is up there with guys like Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart when discussing the best signal callers in Trojans history. However, there really isn’t anything about Kessler’s game that stands out. His role in the NFL is already determined before he’s even drafted. Kessler’s accuracy will lead him to being a draft selection, but he won’t be anything more than a backup at the next level. Still, he can catch on with a team and be their long-term spot starter.
Name: Cody Kessler
Class: Senior (RS)
Projection: 6th Round
Comparison: Kelly Holcomb
Strengths: Smart. Plays within his skill-set. Rarely makes mistakes. Throws a nice short to intermediate dart. Accuracy level is above average. Moves around in the pocket like a veteran. When shuffling keeps his body prepared to throw in a moments notice. Not afraid of throwing in trash. Stays strong and focused in the pocket. Can work under center.
Weaknesses: Lacks overwhelming physical tools. Does not have difference-making arm strength. Is undersized. Is not going to be a threat outside of the pocket in the NFL. Works mainly out of the shotgun which gives him time and the ability to see the field.
Outlook: A game-manager type QB who would be an ideal back-up QB or spot starter due to his ability to make accurate passes and play within the the system. Could find a niche and have a long career.