QB Danny Etling, Louisiana St.

6’3” – 222 lbs. – 4.76

Profile:

  • Originally attended Purdue, and started seven of eight games played as a true freshman. Started the first five games of the subsequent season, but struggled and ended up losing the starting job. Transferred to Louisiana St., sitting out a year, and then started ten games as a junior and all thirteen as a senior, enjoying his most efficient season.

Positives:

  • Started thirty-five games over four seasons; has a pretty good growth trajectory, improving in each of the last two seasons. Looked a little bit thin on tape, but size and bulk are adequate for a pro passer. Worked primarily out of the shotgun but appears to have pretty clean footwork on his three-step dropbacks. Able to get the ball out quickly on predetermined reads when working the short passing/screen game. Throws a soft, catchable ball with appropriate touch, including downfield. Has a good feel for timing with his deep throws and was able to feed D.J. Chark downfield. Able to drop his arm angle if needed. Did a good job of protecting the ball this past year. Flashes the ability to climb the pocket or extend the play. Has enough athleticism to pick up the occasional first-down on designed quarterback runs, or to roll out on bootlegs and find receivers in the short passing game.

Negatives:

  • Checkdown-heavy passer who relies on timing instead of raw arm strength. Doesn’t always step into his throws. Accuracy/ball placement is questionable at best, especially the further his throws are from the line of scrimmage. Even when presented with a clean pocket, has a tendency to overthrow receivers, and struggled to complete passes on the run during the games reviewed. Only topped 60% completion percentage in one season, although his accuracy ticked upward in his final two seasons. Eats a lot of sacks for a quarterback who rarely throws the ball. Very inconsistent on a game-to-game basis.

Summary:

  • Game-manager type who was able to limit mistakes and protect the football this past season, but who projects as a career backup because he is a frustratingly inaccurate and inconsistent passer, especially for someone who throws most of his balls less than ten yards downfield. Projects as more of a practice-squad/number three option with a somewhat low ceiling.
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