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2016 NFL DRAFT

Patrick Towles, QB

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Ft. Thomas, KY
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STRENGTHS: Towles looks the part of an NFL quarterback with prototypical height, broad shoulders and evenly distributed muscle mass. His best success comes on bucket throws to the outside, demonstrating the touch, trajectory and ball placement to defeat press coverage on intermediate and deep fade routes and occasional deep posts.

Despite Towles' size, he is surprisingly athletic, rushing for 305 yards and six touchdowns a year ago. Some of this production is scheme related as the Wildcats often call read-option plays. Also, Towles is very willing to leave the pocket when he senses it collapsing to get what he can.

WEAKNESSES: Towles sprays the ball when he doesn't have the leg room to step into throws, raising concerns about arm strength and true accuracy. Possesses an elongated delivery that gives defenders an extra split second warning of where the ball will be headed.

He's faster and more agile than he looks but must do a better job of keeping his eyes downfield to exhaust passing opportunities rather than simply scrambling. It is scouts' hope that improvement in this area (and several others) will come with more experience.

COMPARES TO: Sean Minnion, Rams -- In terms of size and arm talent, Towles reminds me of a young Mannion, the reigning Pac-12 career passing champion and a 2015 third round selection of the St. Louis Rams. Like Mannion, Towles has intriguing tools but needs to work on his accuracy - although he is the superior pure athlete of the two.

IN OUR VIEW: At this point, Towles is one to watch from an NFL perspective. He does offer some intriguing tools and in just now entering his redshirt junior campaign, Towles has the time to develop.

--Rob Rang (4/20/15)

Player Overview

Towles signed with UK with considerable fanfare after guiding Highlands High School to three consecutive state championships and earning the Paul Hornung Award as Kentucky's prep Player of the Year.

He saw limited action as a true freshman (19 of 40 for 233 yards and a touchdown in five games) before redshirting in 2013 but emerged as the starter in 2014, starting all 12 games and completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

Towles and the Wildcats struggled down the stretch in 2014, however, dropping their final six games with the quarterback throwing five interceptions (against just two touchdowns) in particularly ugly losses to Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Louisville.

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08/17/2015 - Kentucky names Patrick Towles starting quarterback...One down. Many to go. Kentucky became the first undecided SEC team to declare a victor in its starting quarterback race Monday, when Mark Stoops announced following practice that junior Patrick Towles will start the 2015 season under center for the Wildcats. Towles was the incumbent starter after throwing for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014, but four-star redshirt freshman Drew Barker forced Stoops to delay naming his 2015 starter until now.

"It was a good battle. Drew did some very good things," Stoops said, per the Courier-Journal. "Patrick played exceptional [during a scrimmage] on Saturday. Really encouraged with his progress." A former four-star recruit himself, Towles has been the heavy favorite to win the job after earning strong reviews in spring camp under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Stoops' decision shrinks the number of SEC teams still waiting on a final quarterback decision to a mere eight, though like the Wildcats, Texas A&M (with Kyle Allen) and Florida (with Will Grier) have clear frontrunners. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

 

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