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Kyle Orton

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 233 | College: Purdue
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Kyle is a four-year starter who is an intelligent and instinctive signal caller … He is a quiet, respected leader, but might need to get more vocal in order to command presence in the huddle at the next level … Has decent upper body strength, but despite adding ten pounds to his frame prior to 2004, he still lacks thickness and muscle definition in his lower body frame … Good athlete with a medium to long stride and adequate foot speed … Operates mostly out of the shotgun and while he shows a smooth, long release, he lacks quickness when dropping back from center in a conventional offense … Shows very good accuracy in the short to intermediate passing game, but he has a bit of a long windup and the ball fails to come off his hands quickly when having to throw long … Better throwing from the pocket, as his passes seem to lack velocity and accuracy when he is forced to throw on the move … Has no trouble reading defenses, but will tend to force the ball into coverage instead of taking what's there … Stays on his primary receiver too long … Has displayed the arm strength to fire tight spirals in the intermediate area … If anyone ever questions his toughness, they only have to go back and watch the 2003 Capitol One Bowl contest vs. Georgia, where he completed 20 of 34 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown while tying a school bowl record with two rushing touchdowns despite suffering a dislocated left thumb, sprained toe and cracked rib in that game. That prompted head coach Joe Tiller to say it was "one of the two truly courageous performances I've seen in all my years of coaching." … Has a snappy three-quarter-arm delivery and can pass with good velocity when not forced to throw off-balance … Tries to use his arm strength to get out of trouble, but fails to compensate for his feet not being set to throw … Has a very good understanding of the game, competes with tremendous effort and never complains … Effective on timing routes and crossing patterns, putting enough zip on the ball to allow the receivers to catch the pigskin in stride … Does a good job of picking up the blitz, but it may be too good, as he will get impatient waiting for his targets to get open and will run at the first sign of pressure … When he fails to get off his first read quickly, he will make poor decisions and force the ball into traffic … Not a threat to run and does not need to be accounted for in this area … .Struggles getting back from center to his set point was evident during practices at the 2005 East-West Game, where he had a series of fumbles and poor center exchanges throughout the scrimmages … His hip injury stalled what was first thought to be a Heisman Trophy season during the first half of the 2004 season and further medical evaluation of that injury might be needed … Not a blue chip prospect, but gets the most out of his blue collar ability to provide good depth on a pro roster.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a dislocated left thumb, sprained toe and cracked rib vs. Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.

2004: Suffered a right hip pointer and an abdominal strain vs. Michigan (10/23) and a left hip injury vs. Northwestern (10/30). He was pulled in the third quarter against Northwestern and forced to sit out the following game vs. Iowa (11/06).


History major … Out-threw NFL quarterback Jon Kitna at Purdue's Elite Quarterback Camp during summer of 2000 … An avid Nebraska Cornhuskers fan growing up, Kyle wears uniform No. 18 in honor of quarterback Brook Berringer, who led the Cornhuskers to the 1994 national championship and subsequently was killed in a plane crash on April 18, 1996 … Father, Byron, played football at South Dakota … Has a dog, Elaine, named after the Seinfeld television show character played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus … Born Kyle Raymond Orton on 11/14/82 … Resides in Altoona, Iowa.

High School

5.03 in the 40-yard dash … 275-pound bench press … 445-pound squat … 291-pound power clean … 29-inch vertical jump … 30 -inch arm length … 9 -inch hands … Right-handed …

25/36 Wonderlic score.


Attended Southeast Polk (Runners, La.) High School, playing football for coach Kent Hortsmann … Ranked as the second-best quarterback in the nation by Super Prep and listed among USA Today's Super 25 prospects … Completed 208 of 450 passes (46.2%) for 3,176 yards with 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions during his career … Honorable mention All-State and first-team All-Conference choice as a senior after completing 95 of 192 attempts (49.5%) for 1,366 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions … Received the team's Coaches Award (leadership on and off the field) and Fit-to-Hit Award (player who conditioned himself the hardest … Hit on 70 of 113 passes (61.9%) for 1,150 yards with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions in his junior season … His stock soared after great showings at the Nike Camp (Champaign, Ill.) and Elite 11 Quarterback Camp … Also lettered in basketball, tennis and track … Named a Student-Sports All-American.


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