2017 NFL DRAFT

Everett Golson, QB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 200 lbs.
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Player Overview

The former Notre Dame passer accounted for 37 touchdowns (29 passing, 8 rushing) in 2014 in Brian Kelly's offense, including three touchdown throws against Florida State last October. It was almost four touchdowns and a victory for the Irish at Doak Campbell Stadium if not for an offensive pass interference penalty that negated a touchdown in the final seconds.

While Golson certainly had his share of highlight plays at Notre Dame, his inconsistency led to his benching as he unraveled down the stretch in '14, finishing with 14 interceptions and 12 fumbles. After graduating in the spring and Notre Dame coaches favoring Malik Zaire as the starting quarterback, Golson became eligible to transfer without having to sit out, choosing to play his final year of college eligibility at Florida State.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Golson has a live arm with the velocity to make NFL throws with excellent wrist snap to fire off lasers without setting his base. He is an above average athlete with the functional mobility to move the pocket and improvise when the play breaks down.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized at 6-feet, 200 pounds, leading to batted balls at the line of scrimmage that too often result in turnovers. Impossible to ignore the lack of consistency and his tendency to turn the ball over.

His dancing and wasted movements behind the line of scrimmage will get him in trouble. Careless with the ball when running and makes too many poor decisions passing downfield. Golson is at his best with designed roll-outs when he can clearly see the entire field, lacking an intuitive feel in the pocket to feel pressure and stay comfortable with the walls closing in on him.

IN OUR VIEW: While the mistakes are easy to spot, Golson does a lot of things well on the football field and shows the mental grit to handle a lot on his plate. If he's able to improve his consistency as a senior, which will be tough as he adapts to a new playbook, coaching staff and supporting cast, Golson shouldn't be eliminated as a possible draft pick next spring.

--Dane Brugler (8/7/15)

 
 
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