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Pat Devlin

| | College: Delaware
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Devlin will constantly be compared to former Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco -- the Ravens' starting quarterback drafted by the organization with the 18th overall selection in the 2008 draft. Not only because they wore the same Fighting Blue Hens' uniform, but also because they followed somewhat winding paths to college football success.

Devlin transferred from Penn State after his sophomore season (leaving before their Rose Bowl appearance to enroll at Delaware before spring practice), as Flacco did from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, to get more playing time. A top-ranked quarterback prospect out of high school, he redshirted his first season and then played just three games as a redshirt freshman (his only pass attempt fell incomplete). After losing a preseason battle for the starting spot to Daryll Clark in 2008, he played in 10 games as a reserve (25-of-47 passing, 459 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions) and led the Nittany Lions to an upset win over top-ranked Ohio State with two second-half scores after Clark went down with an injury. Devlin did not light the world on fire in his first season at Delaware, but acquitted himself well completing 64 percent of his passes for 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

In another twist of fate, both Flacco and Devlin led their teams to FCS Championship game appearances -- and both came up short. And though Devlin's statistics improved this season (239-of-350, 2,812 yards, 22 TD, two INT), he will still come up short when compared to Flacco in draft rooms because of lesser size and arm strength. He has enough size, poise, athleticism and accuracy to earn a mid-round grade as a project passer worth watching.


Strengths: Solid accuracy but played in a quarterback-friendly spread offense. Anticipates holes well and leads his man to the ball on crossing routes, seam throws and deep balls. Excellent touch, accuracy and trajectory on fade routes thrown into the end zone. Deep ball has nice trajectory and does not float. Over-the-top delivery with a quick release, flashing the ability to drive balls downfield and snap off passes when an underneath route is wide open. Has quiet feet -- generally set when throwing, can unload quickly and accurately when flat-footed or off-balance to hit hot routes. Keeps his eyes downfield when escaping the pocket to the outside.

Weaknesses: Has only adequate arm strength to make most NFL throws. Usually not forced to put passes in tight windows over the middle at the FCS level. Will sail out routes because of his over-the-top delivery. Inconsistent throwing spirals and the ball comes out wobbly too often, reducing velocity and accuracy. Usually in the shotgun for pass plays, but has some experience under center. Eyes too often stick on one receiver or one side of the field. Will need time to adjust and be able to anticipate the speed of NFL middle linebackers to get back into coverage (and look them off) before attempting throws down the middle. Just threatens defenses enough with his feet to pick up first downs if a running lane is available to him but is not elusive.

2010 Season

Devlin, one of the nation's highest-rated quarterbacks, was outstanding as a senior in 2010 as he completed 261 of 384 passes for 3,032 yards and 22 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He led the nation in pass completion percentage with a mark of .680 and ranked No. 5 in passing rating with a total of 151.64. He threw for over 200 yards nine times and threw four touchdowns passes in a game twice. In just two seasons at Delaware after transferring from Penn State, he threw for 5,696 yards and 38 touchdowns and won 18 games … He was a first team Phil Steele College Football All-American, earned third team Associated Press All-American honors, was the CAA Offensive Player of the Year, and earned a spot on the CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic team as a graduate student in finance. Devlin becomes the sixth Delaware player to earn ECAC Player of the Year honors and the first since current NFL standout quarterback Joe Flacco in 2007.

2009 Season

Devlin, a second-year starter for the Blue Hens in 2010 after transfering from Penn State, enjoyed an outsanding first season in a Delaware uniform last fall when he completed 220 of 334 passes for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns with nine interceptions and ran for 127 yards and four touchdowns. A Walter Payton Award candidate as the top player in NCAA FCS I football and a CoSIDA Academic All-American candidate, Devlin led all CAA players in total offense per game (253.73) and passing yards per game (242.2) and was second in passing rating (139.12) in 2009. He ranks No. 8 among returning NCAA quarterbacks in passing yards.

2008 Season

Appeared in 10 games as a backup quarterback behind starter Daryll Clark..led team to a record of 11-2, a tie for the Big 10 title, and a berth in the Rose Bowl for head coach Joe Paterno … team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation during the season … left the team following the regular season and did not accompany the team to the Rose Bowl … .battled for the starting spot before Clark took over just before the season opener … completed 25 of 47 passes for 459 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and also ran for two touchdowns on the season … played a pivotal role in a mid-season 13-6 win over top-ranked Ohio State when he took over for an injured Clark and led the Lions to two scores.

2007 Season

Played in three games as a backup as a redshirt freshman … saw action in games vs. Florida International, Wisconsin, and Temple … threw only pass for an incomplete vs. FIU … .team went 9-4 and won the Alamo Bowl under Paterno.

2006 Season

Redshirt season.

High School

Devlin broke the Pennsylvania high school record for career passing yardage during his brilliant career at Downingtown East HS. Playing for Coach Michael Matta, Devlin threw for 8,162 career yards, including 3,300 yards for 35 touchdowns as a senior and 2,100 yards with 21 touchdowns as a junior. Devlin showed his versatility and poise in performances such as Downingtown East's victory over Neshaminy in the 2005 Class AAAA playoffs, in which he threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 70 yards, including a one-yard scamper for the winning touchdown. His performance as a senior earned Devlin the No. 4 ranking among quarterbacks nationwide by Scout.com, in addition to being named a Parade Magazine All-American, the Pennsylvania Class AAAA Player-of-the-Year, Gatorade Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year, first-team all-state, and a member of the Big 33 Classic squad. He also was an Elite 11 invitee. As a sophomore, Devlin was the holder on placements for kicker Joe Hughes, who joined the Lions during the 2006 season.


Full name is Patrick Ryan Devlin. He is the son of Mark and Connie Devlin, both of whom are Penn State graduates. He has an older sister, Courtney, who will be a Penn State senior in the fall, and a younger sister, Kelly. He is interested in majoring in finance and owned a superb 3.82 grade-point average through the spring semester. Born April 12, 1988 in Downingtown, Pa.


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