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2015 NFL DRAFT

Tyler Russell, QB

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Meridian, MS
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 227 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
61333-

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: With his well-proportioned frame and strong right arm, Russell looks the part of a big-time prospect. He can make every throw in the playbook, flashing impressive accuracy and velocity on intermediate and deep passes through tight windows. Exhibits willingness to stand tall in the pocket amidst pressure.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn't seem to possess a natural feel for pressure and pocket collapse, and will fail to escape or buy time when opportunities are there to do so. Too often, however, Russell's throws come in high, leaving his receivers in position to absorb big hits and limiting their potential to gain yards after the catch. Russell throws flat-footed, which likely plays a role in his average ball-placement and is an example of his less-than-ideal overall athleticism.

Russell is occasionally asked to roll out and or take off on designed runs in this offense but doesn't look comfortable doing either. There are moments when he seems to be going through the motions rather than focusing on the task at hand. These moments too often lead to poorly thrown passes and in some cases, interceptions.

--ROB RANG

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12/11/2013 - Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell will miss the Liberty Bowl after having surgery to fix a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. A Mississippi State spokesman confirmed Russell had surgery on Tuesday. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews. The surgery ends Russell's career at Mississippi State. He had an injury-filled senior season, but was effective when he played, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 875 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

As a junior, Russell set the single-season school record with 2,897 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. Mississippi State will go into the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl against Rice with two options at quarterback - sophomore Dak Prescott and freshman Damian Williams. Prescott has been battling a nerve injury in his non-throwing arm. - AP Sports

 

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