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2016 NFL DRAFT

Taylor Kelly, QB

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Eagle, ID
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 202 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
36115-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.582.631.59- -10'02"4.166.80

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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Underrated athlete with mobility to extend plays and pick up tough yards. Improvising well on the run and set the Arizona State record for career rushing yards (1,404) by a quarterback. Quick set-up with a gunslinger mentality, throwing a very catchable ball. Accurate placement on back shoulder throws. Very confident and distributes the ball well for his weapons to make plays. Poised and tough, both physically and mentally, with leadership traits for the next level. Good starting experience as a three-year starter (37 career starts) and leaves school as the Sun Devils' career record-holder in offensive yardage (10,223) and third in career passing touchdowns (79).

WEAKNESSES: Undersized and lacks ideal height with a slim build, especially in his lower half. Streaky decision-maker and lacks the arm strength to get away with mistakes. Highly inconsistent downfield touch and trajectory, lacking natural feel in this area. Faulty mechanics, delivery and follow through - cocks and throws and needs to sharpen his release. Needs to marry his feet with his eyes and his messy base leads to below average ball placement. His completion percentage dipped each of his three years as a starter. Struggles to hang in the pocket and recognize pre- and post-snap pressures with a poor internal clock. Lack of ideal size leads to durability concerns -- missed three games as a senior due to a right foot injury (Sept. 2014).

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

After Brock Osweiler bolted Tempe for the NFL, Michael Eubanks and Mike Bercovici were the favorites to land the starting quarterback job, but Kelly emerged as the best fit in Todd Graham's spread-option attack. Kelly benefited from quarterback-designed runs and movements in the offense, but his skills don't translate as well to the NFL with marginal physical traits to survive as a pocket passer at the next level.

A two-star recruit out of high school, Kelly originally committed to Nevada and was hoping for an offer from nearby Boise State, but then Arizona State entered the picture and he became a Sun Devil, redshirting in 2010. He served as Osweiler's back-up in 2011 and won the starting job as a sophomore in 2012, finishing with 67.1-percent completions, 3,039 passing yards and a career-high 29 passing touchdowns. Kelly set personal-bests as a junior in 2013 with 302 completions and 3,635 passing yards with 608 yards on the ground and nine rushing scores. He returned for his senior season, but he battled a foot injury and finished with a career-low 59.4-percent completions.

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10/28/2014 - Taylor Kelly threw two touchdown passes after missing more than a month with a foot injury, the second a 7-yarder to Gary Chambers with 3 minutes left in Arizona State's victory over Washington. Playing in strong swirling wind with waves of heavy rain blowing in sideways, the guys from the desert managed the difficult conditions for their ninth straight win over Washington. Arizona State (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) remained in control of the race in the Pac-12 South and set up a huge matchup with Utah next week in Tempe. Kelly threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jaelen Strong in the first half, but was at his best on Arizona State's final drive. On second-and-goal, Kelly got his pass off as he was being pulled down by Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha. Chambers made the adjustment on the throw and hauled in his only catch of the night for the go-ahead points.

Armand Perry returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown with 52 seconds left when Washington's Troy Williams attempted a desperation throw on fourth-and-25. It was the second interception throw by Williams, making his first start after Cyler Miles suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter last week against Oregon. Washington (5-3, 1-3) suffered its second straight loss to a ranked opponent. It's the first time a Chris Petersen-coached team has lost consecutive games since the end of the 2007 season when Boise State lost at Hawaii and then to East Carolina in the bowl game. - AP Sports

 

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