Having discussed Foles with a number of scouts over the summer, there are a some with concerns about whether he is simply a product of the Wildcats' spread offense, whether Foles has the arm strength to be successful in a traditional NFL attack and if he has the athleticism to avoid defenders. As such, Foles is currently rated 9th among quarterbacks potentially available for the 2012 NFL draft.
I plan to scout Foles in person this season to get a better impression of Foles arm strength. What I (and scouts) may not have to wait to see "on the hoof," however is improved athleticism and stamina from Foles, at least according to an interesting article from Anthony Gimino of The Tuscon Citizen.
According to the article, Foles discovered during the off-season that he was allergic to several foods, including milk, eggs and whey protein -- a staple of the protein shakes the quarterback had consumed all of his life.
Rather than make me nauseous or break out into hives like how allergies affect some, Foles' body reacted with "slight swelling and general sluggishness." Now that he has stopped eating these three items, Foles estimates that his body fat has dropped 3 to 5 percent. Foles still weighs in at around 245 pounds, but is noticeably leaner, according to Gimino.
“My biggest allergy was whey protein,” Foles said. “It wasn’t doing anything for me, and it was actually making me have a food-allergy reaction.
“I had drank whey protein shakes my whole life, and when I got off them and started taking different supplements and proteins, I noticed a huge difference in the weight room and my body fat going down. My muscles were recovering better and my strength was going up. Just everything.”
Foles earned Honorable Mention All Pac-10 honors last season (impressive considering that he was competing against Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, Jake Locker, etc.) despite missing two starts (Washington, UCLA) due to a sprained right knee. Foles completed 67.1% of his passes for 3,191 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He led Arizona to impress late comeback victories over Iowa and Cal and very nearly pulled off late wins over Oregon State, USC and state-rival ASU, as well.
Foles appears poised to take the next step as a prospect this season. He'll be aided by a strong receiving corps, including potential All-American Juron Criner.
With a strong senior season, Foles would appear to be a front-runner for one of the top all-star games. There, he might get his best opportunity to prove he can be successful in a pro-style offense.
That could lead to Foles being the first Wildcat quarterback selected in the NFL Draft since the Seattle Seahawks nabbed John Conner with the 25th pick of the 10th round back in 1985. Eddie Wilson, selected by the Detroit Lions with the 10th pick of the second round is the only Wildcat quarterback to have ever been picked within the first seven rounds of an NFL draft.