Trace McSorley   QB   Penn St

TALENT
ROUND
2

STRENGTHS
Trace has a good arm and can throw most (if not all) of the required throws on the field with excellent accuracy needed for the NFL level. He has excellent pocket awareness and is athletic enough and smart enough to be an impact starting quarterback for the team that selects him. Trace has that unique ability to extend plays in the pocket and out of the pocket and in the red zone he does not play for field goals unless a field goal is the smart play to win a game. He understands how to use the players around him to the team’s best advantage. Trace’s football IQ is what he brings to the team that selects him and a High Football IQ at the quarterback position along with excellent talent is the key to a player being successful at the next level. I think the Penn State Vs Michigan 2017 game is the game that showed me that if Trace is selected by a team and Head Coach that BELIEVES in him than Trace can make a big impact for that team. That’s what it will take, some coach to BELIEVE in him and coach better because Trace has as much talent as any quarterback in this draft and could be selected in the first round if he was just three inches taller.

CONCERNS
You know what I always say; size matters when drafting players but once the game starts the only thing that matters is HOW size plays on the field. Trace is vertically challenged and if he were three stinking lousy inches taller I believe he would be a top ten pick in this draft. He has a good enough arm but it can become stronger with a little more attention to his mechanics. That being said…his lack of a bazooka type arm will be an issue in spite of the fact that his accuracy and arm strength and talent is as good as Philip Rivers… but his size is not.

BOTTOM LINE
If you’re looking for a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, throw with accuracy on the run, is an excellent game manager/coach on the field, has excellent leadership on and off the field, can make most of the required throws on the field than passing on Trace because he might not be tall enough could be a mistake. I like Trace and I think he can play in the NFL and impact but if I’m wrong so what? I won’t be fired because I’m wrong so, I understand why Trace might not be selected at all in this draft. Chase Daniels has made a good living in the NFL going from team to team as a backup. Since 2009 he has been with 5 teams, one team twice. He has thrown 78 passes in those 8 years. He was an impact quarterback for his college team and in the 2009 draft there were many (myself included) who consider him as one of the best quarterbacks in that draft. Because of Chase’s lack of height and the offense Purdue ran at that time there were questions about his ability to adjust to the NFL pocket passing offenses. Things have changed since the 2009 NFL season. NFL offenses have morph into using shotgun spread offenses that are more attuned to the talents of a Chase Daniels and Trace McSorley. They are using moving pockets more and now they seem to think that a good running back is an asset to an offense…go figure! Trace has the same athletic talent that Seahawks Russell Wilson has, he may not be as fast but he is as slippery. It’s true that Trace will need talent around him but like Doug Flutie, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Trace knows how to use that talent and make that talent even better. Trace is a winner and a hell of a football player and that has nothing to do with size and everything to do with heart and football IQ. He might not be the BEST player on your team but trust me…he will be the heart of your team. For the purposes of this draft, you can bet on one thing, Trace WILL NOT be selected anywhere near his talent level because of one reason…his size. Think about that! The same size and talent to play his position as Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Doug Flutie who have all “brought” their teams into the playoffs and been pro bowl players with Brees and Wilson being Super Bowl Quarterback champions. Now do you think size matters? Not once the game starts, when the game starts it’s all about who has the bigger heart.

Drew Boylhart   JAN.2018