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Zac Dysert, QB

School: Miami (Ohio)  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Ada, OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 231 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
142104-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL quarterback. Possesses broad-shoulders and a strong frame, overall. Possesses an efficient, over-the-top release and good accuracy on in-cutting routes.

Generally steps into his throws and flashes impressive accuracy when throwing on the move (typically rolls to his right). Good touch, especially on intermediate and deeper passes. Stands strong in the pocket to exhaust his throwing options.

Is a good overall athlete who isn't afraid to take off and run with the ball. While not particularly elusive or fast, Dysert is more athletic than he looks and is a determined runner who knows where he has to go to keep the chains moving.

Good intangibles for the position. Didn't seem fazed by hostile environments (Ohio State, Boise State) and is the first three-time captain in Miami history.

WEAKNESSES: Played out of a shotgun-heavy offense in 2012 that simplified his reads and made the vast majority of his throws underneath tosses that simply don't translate to the NFL. Rarely asked to drive the ball down the field and may not possess the velocity to slip balls through tight windows. Highly inconsistent accuracy on the move, often forcing his receivers to adjust their routes.

COMPARES TO: Josh McCown, QB, Chicago Bears -- Just like McCown, Dysert possesses enough natural talent to potentially warrant a top 100 selection, but he's a work in progress who has shown just average accuracy on the types of throws he'll be asked to make in the NFL.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Having overtaken Ben Roethlisberger as Miami of Ohio's career passing leader (12,016 yards) despite playing under three head coaches and a combined five different positional coaches and offensive coordinators, Dysert ranks as one of the more intriguing second-tier signal-callers available in the 2013 draft.

Dysert signed with Miami of Ohio after a terrific prep career that saw him earn the 2007 Art Teynor Award given annually to the state of Ohio's elite high school player. He passed for 3,714 yards and 35 touchdowns despite missing three-and-a-half games with a broken thumb and demonstrated his toughness and commitment to the team by simply switching to wide receiver and linebacker when the injury kept him from throwing the ball.

After redshirting in 2008 (earning the RedHawks's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year), Dysert emerged as the starting quarterback in 2009, beginning a string of four years at the helm.

Despite the changes in coaching, Dysert made steady progress as a passer over his career, watching his touchdown-to-interception ratio improve from 2009 (12 TDs/16 INTs) to 2010 (13/12) to 2011 (23/11) and finally culminating with a senior campaign that saw him lead the MAC in both passing touchdowns (25) and passing yardage (3,483 yards) with just 12 interceptions.

Despite Dysert's impressive career totals, his numbers should have been even better. The coaching turnover wasn't the only obstacle Dysert had to overcome while at Miami of Ohio. Unreliable receivers, including during his senior season, also contributed to him earning just third-team all-MAC accolades as a senior. These factors could lead to Dysert making a significant jump up draft boards during the all-star game and workout sessions leading up to the draft.

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LATEST NEWS
03/29/2013 - 2013 Miami OH Pro Day: Zac Dysert is mid-round QB prospect with ample upside...A workout conducted outdoors in the elements - 25-degree temperatures and 10 mph winds - did little to hurt the intrigue surrounding Zac Dysert in the 2013 NFL Draft.

A total of 22 teams - including quarterbacks coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers - were represented at Miami of Ohio's pro day on March 21. Dysert - who draws an obvious comparison to former RedHawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger - has a private workout scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to his draft profile on NFL.com, Dysert's skill set and college production are similar to Roethlisberger, but he doesn't quite possess the arm strength and bulk of the two-time Super Bowl winner and 2004 first-round draft choice.

Dysert (6-foot-3 1/8, 227 pounds) went through a positional workout led by 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who now trains quarterbacks (including 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden). Dysert completed 54 of 64 passes in the workout, which is a good showing when you take into account the weather conditions. Dysert is a mid-round quarterback with a lot of upside, and it will be interesting to see where he gets drafted. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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