- Keenum was one of 11 Cougars showcasing their skills for more than 30 scouts representing 22 NFL teams at UH's pro day at Yeoman Fieldhouse. For the 24-year-old, Monday was about showcasing his true abilities after being hampered by a hamstring injury at the NFL scouting combine in February. The Abilene native revealed that he strained his right hamstring running his second 40-yard dash at the combine and that it affected his throwing during drills. On Monday, there were no ill effects from the injury, as Keenum whizzed pass after pass to receivers on a variety of patterns, showed capable arm strength and displayed his athleticism with a 4.31-second time in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.89 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also put up a solid 18 repetitions on the bench press. "It was very important for me to show these guys that (at the combine), that was not me," Keenum said. "I have very high standards for myself and I believe in my abilities tremendously and I think I wasn't at my best. I wanted to go out there and compete. That's what I do." Receiver Patrick Edwards, who is thought of as the Cougars' most appealing draft prospect, performed for scouts for the first time since January, when he did so at the Senior Bowl. Still feeling the effects of a quadriceps injury that he suffered that week, Edwards wasn't his best, running a 4.59-second 40-yard dash and missing the signature explosion during routes that he showed on the field for UH, but he felt it important to compete, regardless of his health status. "I'm not 100 percent so I can't run my best," Edwards said. "But I wanted to come out here and show the teams that I could compete and fight through an injury." - Sam Khan Jr., The Houston Chronicle
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Keenum leaves Houston as the most productive passer in NCAA history and the Cougars' all-time winningest quarterback (37-14 record as a starter).
Though his collegiate accomplishments are staggering, they'll mean nothing when Keenum is asked to complete passes against NFL defenses. Undersized and possessing an average (at best) arm, Keenum will have to rely on his anticipation and determination to overcome physical limitations to achieve success in the NFL. Keenum can be successful in a quick-hitting, rhythm passing attack in the NFL, but ultimately may lack the arm strength to keep defenders from feasting on underneath passes.
Positives: Good short to intermediate accuracy. Makes quick decisions, getting the ball out of his hands before defenders can get to him. Intelligent passer who makes good pre-snap reads. Efficient over the top release. Good vision to locate passing lanes. Gutty and determined. Shows some feel in the pocket and is athletic enough to move about and/or escape the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. A coach's son with all of the intangibles every team is looking for in a quarterback.
Negatives: Slight frame with limited room for additional growth. Possesses an average arm that forces him to wind up to drive the ball longer than 15 yards. Had his statistics inflated based on a spread offense in which most of his attempts were not NFL-caliber throws. Took virtually all of his snaps out of the shotgun and made most of his decisions before receiving the ball. Struggled when the pocket collapsed and he was forced to come off of his initial read. Suffered a torn ACL against UCLA in 2010, ending his season after just three starts.