QB Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky

6’1” – 215 lbs. – 4.88

Spent the first four years of his career starting at Houston Baptist, then decided to follow his offensive coordinator Zach Kittley (who had previously worked under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech) to Western Kentucky, where he set FBS single-season records for passing yardage and touchdowns last season (5,967 and 62, respectively.) Also improved his accuracy/efficiency each year in college; nice trajectory. A smaller quarterback who comes from a very pass-heavy spread scheme where he was carrying the offensive load. Was able to play in some very clean pockets, making a lot of rhythm throws and single-red throws; however, was able to go through progressions and find open targets when his primary read was covered. Gets the ball out quickly when he finds a target. Overall mechanics are smooth, with a pretty quick release and no heel click. Shows the ability to throw with anticipation and trusts his arm strength. Produces a nice spiral, with adequate velocity and good touch on his passes; overall ball placement is very good on shorter throws, but can sail a little bit down the field. Willing to take chances down the field, relying more on timing than pure arm strength. Needs to protect the football better; averaged one interception per start over his career. Didn’t have to drop back from under center or play under pressure often. Capable of buying some time in the pocket but isn’t a major threat to run with the ball. Not the most physically/athletically gifted quarterback in the class, he throws the ball with accuracy, touch, and anticipation, but it’s hard to know how much of his production was due to the offensive scheme and excellent protection he had. Looks like a third-day value who could potentially manage games if needed.

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