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Joe Flacco, QB

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 236 | College: Delaware
 
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Overview

After two years of relative inactivity behind Tyler Palko at the University of Pittsburgh, Joe Flacco decided to leave the Panthers' program.

He was not eligible to play during the 2005 season under NCAA transfer rules -- the Panthers had refused to release him from his scholarship.

Flacco had a decent junior season for Delaware, getting acclimated to his new teammates and offense. He followed that up with a stellar senior campaign, as the Fightin' Blue Hens fell just one game short of capturing the NCAA Championship Subdivision title in a tough loss to Appalachian State.

At Audubon High School, Flacco was a two-time New Jersey All-Group II, All-South Jersey and All-Colonial Conference first-team selection. He was named the Colonial Conference Athlete of the Year and South Jersey Touchdown Club Offensive Back of the Year as a senior. He was also a South Jersey Touchdown Club first-team All-Academic, Courier Post Scholar Athlete of the Year and Brooks-Irvine Offensive Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

He received Super Prep All-Northeast honors and was rated the 33rd-best prospect in New Jersey by that recruiting service. Flacco was rated one of the nation's top 40 "pro-style" quarterbacks by Rivals100.com and earned Prep Star All-East Region accolades.

Flacco was a three-year starter at quarterback, throwing for 5,137 career yards, including 2,020 as a senior. His career passing yardage total ranked fourth in South Jersey history and he also set a single-game South Jersey record with 471 passing yards. He earned three letters in football and baseball, and two in basketball. He led the baseball team to the state title and was also a member of the Principal's Honor Roll.

Flacco enrolled at Pittsburgh in 2003, spending the season on the scout team. He saw brief action in three games in 2004, as he hit on just 1-of-4 passes for 11 yards, rushed six times for zero yards and punted once for 25 yards. He left the school after the 2004 campaign, but because he was not released from his scholarship, he was forced to sit out the 2005 season.

In 2006, Flacco started 11 games at Delaware. He earned Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week honors three times, as he connected on, 264-of-417 passes (63.3%) for 2,783 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He scored five times and gained 54 yards on 83 carries (0.7-yard average), but was sacked 23 times and turned the ball over four times on eight fumbles. At 6-foot-6, Flacco was the tallest quarterback in school history (Scott Brunner, 1978-79, was 6-foot-5).

Flacco earned All-American, All-East, All-ECAC and All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as a senior in 2007. He added ECAC Player of the Year and CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades and was also a member of the league's Academic Honor Roll. He set school records completing 331 passes for 4,263 yards on 521 attempts (63.5%) with 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He ranked sixth in the nation with an average of 460.6 yards per game in total offense, as he scored four times of 64 carries (0.3-yard average) and fumbled just twice.

Flacco started all 26 games he played in for Delaware. In just two seasons, he holds the school record with 595 pass completions on 938 attempts (63.4%), ranking second all-time with 7,046 aerial yards. He threw for 41 touchdowns and had 15 interceptions, as he was sacked 48 times for minus-311 yards and turned the ball over four times on ten fumbles. He rushed 147 times for 76 yards (9.5-yard average) and nine scores, amassing 7,112 yards in total offense, an average of 273.54 yards per game.

Analysis

Positives: Has a tall, rangy frame and could improve his mobility by trimming down to the 225-pound range … Excellent long-range passer with great confidence in his powerful arm to make all the throws … Operated mostly out of the shotgun at Delaware, but does show adequate feet stepping up in the pocket … Might lack the foot speed to escape pressure, but shows good balance standing tall under the rush … Sets his feet well when making throws … Has a quick wrist flick and ease of movement going over the top to release the ball, showing good follow-through motion and has done a good job of improving his footwork (stepped toward his target better in 2007) … Has good snap behind his release and is very accurate on deep outs, generating good velocity and ball speed … Shows good zip on his short-to-intermediate throws and can get the ball into tight areas, when he sets his feet properly … With an extra year under his belt, he had a much better relationship with his receivers in 2007, as he was more effective at hitting them in stride … Will set and deliver under pressure, but needs to be more alert to backside action, as he is slow to sidestep the rush until it's too late … Will sometimes force the ball under pressure, but has a way of rallying his team from behind … Puts good zip throwing to the sidelines or when working underneath, especially when hitting the receivers on slants … With his arm strength, you would have hoped his coaches would have let him air the ball out more, but when he did, he showed good height and accuracy to feather the ball over the outside shoulder of his target without having the receiver have to adjust to the ball … Very rare to see his deep throws get away from him … Did a much better job making pre-snap reads as a senior than he did in 2006, as he is good at determining where the ball should go … Knows how to take heat off his short tosses and throws the deep outs with a tight spiral … More patient scanning the field as a senior, doing a nice job of reading through progressions (reduced his interceptions from 10 to five).

Negatives: Has marginal muscle definition and thin calves and thighs … Slow-footed moving around in the pocket and despite running for nine touchdowns, he is not threat carrying the ball (had success vs. mediocre competition) … Lacks the hip snap and lateral agility to sidestep and avoid the pass rush … Needs to do a better job of looking off his primary target and scan the field to find other outlets … Operates out of the shotgun mostly, and does not show a good drive back from center to his pass set point … Looks very awkward trying to roll out and throw on the move … Must refine his footwork to get better depth in his pass drops … Has decent speed getting the ball out, but does tend to hold on to it a bit long waiting for a target to come open rather than throw the ball away (prefers to take a sack than go aerial with the ball) … Improved his ball security as a senior, but still lacks a natural feel for when he needs to distribute it away from the defenders when forced out of the pocket … When he gets pressured, he will tend to spray the ball all over the field rather they pinpoint a target … Has improved his leadership skills, but still needs to be more take-charge in the huddle (does have respect from his teammates) … Might have more than a few blind spots in his vision, as edge rushers have had great success closing on him on plays when Flacco did not sense pressure until it was too late … Most of his pass interceptions or deflections come when he is forced to throw from the outside hashes.

Compares To: DEREK ANDERSON-Cleveland … Few quarterbacks in the NFL tower over a defensive line like Flacco and Anderson. Flacco has nowhere near Anderson's mobility moving around the backfield, but both have great confidence in their arm strength and ability to make all the throws. He has become the new girl on the dance floor in recent months, thanks to a decent showing in postseason all-star games. But be warned: Don't look at him as a product ready to step into the action at the next level. He came from a bad high school system, was held in mild regard at Pittsburgh and is basically a self-taught prospect, making him a work in progress who'll need time to learn the intricacies of the position. He probably has the best arm of any quarterback in this draft. But he also lacks experience, is unproven against top-level competition, played mostly in the shotgun and has barely adequate mobility. That combination makes him a risk if he's chosen in the top two rounds.

Career Notes

Ranks second in school history with 7,046 yards passing, topped only by Matt Nagy (8,124 yards, 1997-2000) … Threw for a school single-season record 4,263 yards in 2007, breaking the old mark of 3,435 yards by Matt Nagy in 2000 … Joined Tom Ehrhardt of Rhode Island (4,508 in 1985) and Brett Gordon of Villanova (4,290 in 2002) as the only quarterbacks in Atlantic Ten Conference/Colonial Athletic Association history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season … His 592 pass completions set a school career record, topping the previous mark of 502 by Matt Nagy … His 264 pass completions in 2006 and 331 in 2007 rank as the top two season performances in Delaware history.

2007 Season

Earned first-team All-American honors from the NFL Draft Report and Pro Football Weekly, adding third-team accolades from The Sports Network … All-Eastern College Athletic Conference and All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team pick, adding ECAC All-East Player of the Year and CAA co-Offensive Player of the Year recognition … Recipient of the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior on Offense Award … Earned Blue Hen Touchdown Club Player of the Week honors vs. West Chester and New Hampshire … Also named to the Colonial Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll and earned CAA player of the Week accolades vs. Navy … Started all 15 games, setting school records completing 331-of-521 passes (63.5%) for 4,263 yards, becoming the third player in league history to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season … Threw for 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions, as he ranked 11th in the nation and led the CAA with 287.47 aerial yards per game … Led the association and ranked 18th nationally in passing efficiency (144.91) and placed 10th in the country in total offense (285.67 yards per game) … Carried 64 times for 22 yards (0.3-yard average) and four touchdowns … Gained 4,285 yards in total offense … Fumbled twice and was sacked 25 times for losses totaling 170 yards … Threw for over 200 yards in thirteen contests, including two 400-yard performances.

2007 Game Analysis

William & Mary … Flacco opened the season with 202 yards on 19-of-23 tosses (82.6%), as he found tailback Omar Cuff with a 19-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter.

West Chester … Earned Player of the Week honors, as he connected on 17-of-22 throws (77.3%) for 305 yards, engineering five touchdown drives for the ground game.

Rhode Island … Flacco threw for 337 yards on 25-of-39 chances, firing three touchdowns within a 14-minutes span in a 38-9 triumph … With 1:53 left in the second quarter, he hit receiver Aaron Love with a 15-yard scoring strike and then opened the third quarter with a 13-yard touchdown to Mark Duncan, followed by a 2-yard scoring lob to Mark Mackey.

Towson … Flacco produced 274 yards on 22-of-33 tries with an interception, as the offense generated 416 yards in a 27-7 win.

Monmouth … Flacco completed 78.9% of his passes (15-of-19) for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns, finding Omar Cuff with a 7-yard score and then connected with tight end Robbie Agnone with an 11-yarder before the QB left the game at halftime.

New Hampshire … Rallied the Blue Hens to a 35-30 win, as he hit on 40-of-51 tosses (78.4%) for 419 yards and two touchdowns, as he was sacked three times for losses of 18 yards … He hit tight end Josh Baker with a 54-yard touchdown bomb to start the fourth quarter, followed by a 31-yard bubble screen for a score to Omar Cuff … He then engineered a last-ditch drive that Cuff capped with a game-winning 7-yard touchdown run with 1:33 left on the game clock.

Northeastern … In a 30-20 triumph, the Delaware quarterback threw for 222 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 17-of-26 attempts and was sacked twice.

Navy … It was a match-up of Delaware's aerial attack and Navy's ground game, with the Blue Hens pulling out a 59-52 victory, as Flacco completed 30-of-41 throws for a career-high 434 yards and four touchdowns, including a 34-yarder to Aaron Love … The offense would generate 581 yards and produce 29 first downs.

James Madison … Flacco added 23-of-41 throws for 257 yards in a 37-34 decision, as the only touchdown he registered came on a 3-yard run late in the third quarter.

Richmond … Flacco fumbled once, was intercepted by defensive back Seth Williams for a 44-yard touchdown return and was also sacked once in a tough 62-56 five-overtime loss … He connected on 26-of-38 chances for 375 yards and three scores, including 84 & 25-yarders to Mark Duncan in the longest game in school history, as the 62 points allowed by the Blue Hens were the most by an opponent since 1921.

Villanova … Another fumble, a pass theft and three sacks saw Delaware lose 16-10, as Flacco gained just 145 yards with a score on 17-of-37 passes.

Delaware State (NCAA Football Championship First Round) … The Delaware passer completed 11-of-20 chances for 189 yards and a 32-yard touchdown to tight end Robbie Agnone in a 44-7 triumph in the first meeting ever between the two in-state teams.

Northern Iowa (FCS Quarter-finals) … Flacco registered 312 yards with two touchdowns on 25-of-45 attempts, but was sacked five times for minus 41 yards in a 39-27 win, adding another score with 0:41 left on a 1-yard plunge.

Southern Illinois (FCS Semi-finals) … Followed with 243 yards on 21-of-38 throws, including two touchdowns and engineered a late fourth quarter series that produced a game-winning 24-yard field goal in a 20-17 decision.

Appalachian State (FCS Championship) … Flacco closed out his career with 23-of-48 passes for 334 yards and a 38-yard touchdown to Mark Duncan, but was also sacked three times in a 49-21 loss.

2006 Season

In his first season at Delaware, Flacco started all 11 games, completing 264 of 417 passes (63.3%) for 2,783 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions … Rushed 83 times for 54 yards (0.7-yard average) and five scores … Gained 2,837 yards in total offense … Turned the ball over four times on eight fumbles and was sacked 23 times for losses of 141 yards … Earned Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week vs. New Hampshire, Towson and Villanova … Threw for over 200 yards in eight contests … Ranked second in the Atlantic Ten Conference in passing yards per game (253.0), fifth in passing efficiency (128.8 - 33rd in NCAA), and third in total offense (257.9 - 11th in NCAA).

2006 Game Analysis

West Chester … His Delaware debut did not go as planned, as he was sacked three times, turning the ball over twice on fumbles and also intercepted once, as he had two touch-down tosses among his 9-of-18 attempts for 110 yards … Also ran for a 4-yard score.

Albany … Flacco continued to struggle, as he was sacked four times for minus 21 yards and picked off twice, finishing with 177 yards on 18-of-35 passes.

Rhode Island … The Blue Hen passer hit on 15-of-30 attempts for 205 yards, as he was sacked three times, fumbled once and was intercepted once … Also scored a game-winning 3-yard touchdown run in a 24-17 decision.

New Hampshire … Flacco delivered 28-of-45 tosses for 315 yards and three scores, including a 10-yarder to tight end Ben Patrick.

Northeastern … Flacco was sacked twice and turned the ball over on a fumble once, as he completed 24-of-41 throws for 242 yards, including a fourth quarter 9-yard scoring strike to Ben Patrick.

Hofstra … Followed with 20-of-29 chances (69.0%) for 168 yards and a 7-yard touchdown to tight end Robbie Agnone that ended a 14-play, 85-yard first quarter series.

Richmond … The Delaware quarterback connected on 31-of-45 tosses (68.9%) for 305 yards and touchdowns of 59 & 11 yards to Aaron Love.

Towson … Gained 341 yards with four touchdowns, setting a school game-record with 51 pass attempts, completing 32 of those throws … Had 13 & 23-yard scoring tosses to tight end Robbie Agnone.

James Madison … Turned the ball over once on two fumbles and was sacked four times for minus 21 yards, as he hit on 29-of-43 attempts for 291 yards and a 5-yard score to Ben Patrick, adding another touchdown on a 3-yard run that ended a 7-play, 65-yard drive in the fourth quarter.

William & Mary … Was intercepted twice and sacked once while throwing for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 28-of-39 tries, as he also scored on a 3-yard run.

Villanova … Flacco fumbled twice and was intercepted two times, as he gained 337 yards with two touchdowns on 30-of-41 throws in the season finale … Found Kervin Michaud with a 57-yard scoring bomb and ran for a 2-yard touchdown that capped an 81-yard, 12-play drive.

2005 Season

Did not see game action but took part in practice drills during the fall after joining the Delaware team in August.

2004 Season

Appeared in the Ohio University, Nebraska and South Florida games as a reserve quarterback at Pittsburgh … Completed just 1-of-4 passes for 11 yards and rushed six times for no gain … Also punted once for 25 yards … Lost five yards on two carries vs. Nebraska and completed a pass for 11 yards while gaining five yards on four rushes vs. South Florida.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman at Pittsburgh.

Injury Report

2006: Suffered a left knee bruise and sprain vs. Hofstra (10/14).

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.06 in the 40-yard dash … 265-pound bench press … 365-pound squat … 225-pound hang clean … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 32 7/8-inch arm length … 9 1/2-inch hands … Right-handed … 24/30 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Audubon (N.J.) High School, playing football for head coaches Mark Deal and Ralph Schiavo … Two-time New Jersey All-Group II, All-South Jersey and All-Colonial Conference first-team selection … Named the Colonial Conference Athlete of the Year and South Jersey Touchdown Club Offensive Back of the Year as a senior … Also a South Jersey Touchdown Club first-team All-Academic, Courier Post Scholar Athlete of the Year and Brooks-Irvine Offensive Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Received Super Prep All-North-east honors and was rated the 33rd-best prospect in New Jersey by that recruiting service … Rated one of the nation's top 40 "pro-style" quarterbacks by Rivals100.com and earned Prep Star All-East Region accolades … Three-year starter at quarterback, throwing for 5,137 career yards, including 2,020 as a senior … His career passing yardage total ranked fourth in South Jersey history and he also set a single-game South Jersey record with 471 passing yards … Earned three letters in football and baseball, and two in basket-ball … Led the baseball team to the state title and was also a member of the Principal's Honor Roll.

Personal

Accounting major … Son of Karen and Stephen Flacco … Father played football and baseball at the University of Pennsylvania in 1979-83 … Born Joseph Vincent Flacco on 1/16/85 … Resides in Audubon, New Jersey.

 
 

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