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Jeff Tuel, QB

School: Washington State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 218 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: When healthy, Tuel has demonstrated the combination of intelligence, mobility, and accuracy that every scout is looking for in a developmental quarterback. He possesses good size and enough athleticism to buy time in the pocket and scramble for yardage when the defense is caught napping. Tuel's best asset might be his touch, as he's consistently shown the ability to drop passes over the top of his receivers, leading them beautifully for long gainers.

WEAKNESSES: Tuel appears to have just average arm strength, overall. He wasn't often asked to make "stick" throws in Paul Wulff's spread scheme and likewise didn't do much of it in Mike Leach's offense. Perhaps the biggest concern scouts will have with Tuel, frankly, is his struggles with durability. He missed time with injury in three of his four seasons at WSU, though it's remarkable that he didn't miss more time than he did considering the lack of support he had in Pullman.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Like their in-state rival, the University of Washington, the Cougars have enjoyed a great deal of success producing quality quarterbacks over the years, including but certainly not limited to the Throwin' Samoan Jack Thompson, Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf.

Tuel (pronounced "Tool") looked like he was on the fast-track to joining them when he earned five starts as a true freshman (Bledsoe the only other Cougar quarterback to ever start as a true freshman), completing 59 percent of his passes and throwing six touchdowns against five interceptions before going down with a dislocated knee cap.

Unfortunately, the injury was just a preview of what was to come. Tuel enjoyed his best season in 2010, completing 60 percent of his passes for 2,780 yards, an 18-12 touchdown to interception ratio and earning honorable mention Pac-10 honors.

Tuel's 2011 season was a disaster and perhaps sealed coach Paul Wulff's fate. He was unable to start the season opener due to a bout with the flu but as the game went on he convinced the coaching staff he could play. He did, but suffered a broken clavicle in doing so. He returned four games later (Stanford) but re-aggravated the collarbone and also suffered a leg injury, ending his season with just 276 passing yards (64 percent) and one touchdown (no interceptions).

Tuel dropped his appeal for a fifth year of eligibility when the steps required for approval appeared to include the NCAA wanting him to testify that he was "mistreated" by Wulff's staff.

"That's basically what they were wanting," Tuel told the Seattle Times. "I don't feel comfortable saying I was mistreated. I was never mistreated by them."

He still feels confident he can make it in the NFL. The 6-3, 221-pounder has the accuracy and mobility to earn interest from scouts. He leaves WSU as the most accurate quarterback in school history, completing 61.4 percent of his passes

"I feel good about my chances," Tuel said. "I'm a confident individual. Whether I'm drafted or a free agent, I'll train hard and play hard."

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04/30/2013 - Bills agree to terms with 16 Undrafteds...QB Jeff Tuel - 6'3" 218 - Washington St.,...Appeared in 31 games making 26 starts. Tuel was 531-of-865 passing for 5,936 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. Finished first in school history in completion percentage (61.4%) , fifth in completions, sixth in passing attempts, seventh in passing yards, seventh in passing touchdowns and seventh in total offense. "Really good size, really strong arm and you notice that when you watch him on the practice field," said Forsyth. "He stands out as a pure thrower. A deceptively good athlete, he has good quickness and feet. He runs well and he's a tough kid that's competitive. He's had to battle through some injuries, but he has a chance. He just needs some time to develop and get some experience. A smart kid too." - Chris Brown, BuffaloBills.com

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