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Joe Flacco QB 6'6 236 Delaware 4.80

By: Robert Davis

Flacco began his career at Pitt but was relegated to backup duty behing Tyler Palko. He transferred to Delware in 2005 to get onto the field. During the 2006 season, he made a successful debut, passing for 2,783 yards while completing 63.3% of his passes for 18 touchdowns and ten interceptions. With a season under his belt, Flacco blew up as a senior passing for 4,263 yards with a completion rate of 63.5% for 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Flacco is the prototypical pocket passer. He has an excellent frame with the ability to see down the field, and able to stand in the pocket and take a hit while delivering the football. He has a cannon for an arm and has no problems delivering the ball on target on every type of throw. He has shown the ability to be pretty accurate in his time on the field, and has the toughness to remain in the pocket until the last minute.

When labeled a pocket passer it generally means limited mobility comes along with it, and Flacco is no different. He lacks the athleticism to get out of the pocket and make plays on the run. He also has only seen the field in an offense that utilizes a shotgun attack, and he will need time to get used to lining up under center and dropping back. Flacco also puts a lot of faith in his arm strength, and forces the ball too often thinking he can thread the needle in coverage.

Flacco has the physical skills to play in the NFL but he may need some time to develop his passing skills. He has to become more disciplined throwing the ball and not force as many passes, and will need time to learn to line up under center. He is a lot of upside and has gained some steam in the post season, which could result in him hearing his name called during the first three rounds of the draft.

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