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NFL Draft > 2008 Prospects > QB > Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco Scouting Report

Position: QB
Conference: Div I-AA
School: Delaware Fightin Blue Hens
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #5
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 231 lbs.
Drafted 1.18 in 2008 by BAL

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware

Joe Flacco began his college career at Pittsburgh where he was the backup to record setter quarterback Tyler Palko. He transferred to Delaware in 2005 where he won the starting QB job in the spring of 2006. He played in all eleven games. He went on to produce 2,783 passing yards with a competition of 63.3%, a TD-to-interception ratio of 18/10. The 2007 season saw his evolution as a QB. He put together an impressive season, completing 65.1% of his passes for 3,929 yards with an outstanding 22/5 ratio. He was a finalist for several QB and Most Outstanding Player Awards at season's end. Flacco possessed one of the strongest arms in college football. With a good frame, tall and thickly built, he is unusually accurate for a quarterback of this size. He shows very good RPMs and sometimes the ball explodes out of his hands. Flacco throws the deep out better than some current NFL QBs and he can complete any throw asked of him. He is a prototype drop-back passer. He can run if need be, but tends to stay in the pocket. He is a natural leader who will play hurt and is more of a football player than an athlete. The biggest concern is the lack of experience and level of competition. He will have an opportunity to show what he can do against better competition in the All Star Bowls and practice sessions. He is very raw, having played on a simplified offensive system, but is bright enough to assimilate into a complex system. His mechanism needs a lot of work, although his 40 time does not suggest (4.90) he can run, but tends to hold to the ball too often, thus garnering a sack. Flacco capped off an impressive post season with an outstanding Combine in which he wowed pro personnel scouts not only with the best arm strength in this year's draft class, but with impressive accuracy. Nevertheless, the fact that he could not beat out an average Tyler Palko at Pitt is of some concern. His draft stock has risen so rapidly that some are wondering if he is more of a workout warrior than a true game changer QB. With his recent performances, Flacco had guaranteed himself a spot on the second round, but teams are aware because he carries a high burst-to-bust mark.

Last Updated Mar-16-2008 by Raul Colon

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