The 49ers selected quarterback Jeff Driskel out of Louisiana Tech with the 207th overall pick
School: La Tech
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Driskel was supposed to be the “next Tim Tebow” at Florida, a Maxwell Club High School Player of the Year who presents a dual threat with his arm and feet. He started for the Gators as a sophomore, winning 10 games with good statistics (63.7 completion percentage, 12 touchdowns versus five interceptions, 408 rush yards). His third and fourth years in Gainesville weren?t what he desired, however, as he took a medical redshirt in 2013 due to a broken leg and then was relegated to a part-time starter the following year. Driskel finished his career on a high note as a graduate transfer at Louisiana Tech, earning Conference USA Newcomer of the Year and honorable mention all-conference recognition (4,033 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, seven interceptions).
Prototypical build and athleticism. Quick-footed signal-caller with rapid setup in the pocket. Has active, bouncy feet while turning and scanning from target to target. Possesses arm strength and pace on his throws to challenge playmaking cornerbacks in man and instinctive linebackers in zone. Can get ball out quickly with the flick off his wrist. Fundamentally sound with good footwork to balance himself before driving the ball with good weight transfer and hip rotation. Dangerous runner outside the pocket and can escape with suddenness. Good open-field speed and ability to operate in zone-read packages. Willing to throw the ball away and move to next play rather than take unnecessary sacks. Accurate and confident in short passing game.
Struggles to lead receivers with throws, forcing them to break stride or adjust to throws behind them limiting their yards after catch. Short arms passes when throwing on the move causing issues with under-thrown balls. Accuracy drops substantially on throws down the field, with overthrows robbing him of big plays despite receivers having a step on cornerbacks over the top. Anxious when pocket gets turbulent and will occasionally feel pressure that isn?t there.