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Hunter Cantwell QB 6'4 235 Louisville 5.15

By: Robert Davis

Cantwell was a backup as a freshman in 2005 but did start two games for the Cardinals. He threw for 640 yards while completing 53% of his passes for five touchdowns and four picks as Brian Brohmís backup. As a sophomore he again backed up Brohm and again started two games, this time throwing for 700 yards with a 64% completion rate and five touchdowns to two interceptions. Cantwell did not play much last year as Brohm made it through the season healthy. He threw for just 79 yards and a pick on the year. He was poised for a big senior season, but wallowed in mediocrity and didnít take advantage of his opportunity. He threw for 2,463 yards with a 58.6 completion rate, but a 16/16 touchdown to interception ratio.

Strengths

Cantwell is the prototypical pocket passer. He is tall, had a sturdy frame, and an excellent arm. He is big enough to take hits in the pocket and has the arm to make every throw imaginable. He doesnít have much experience but has shown at times the ability to carry an offense with his arm and make tight throws into coverage. He has a lot of untapped potential at the next level.

Weaknesses

Cantwell is a big project at this point. He has the size and arm strength, but that is about it. He has not played much, and his development is not what you expect from a senior. He has a slow release, locks on to receivers, and forces his throws.

Future

Cantwell entered the year as a player who could earn himself a lot of money with a big year. He has disappointed and not lived up to those expectations. He has the size and arm strength, but that alone does not make a pro QB. He has tweaked his mechanics, improving his consistency and release point, but there is still a long way for him to go. Heís a late pick that has some potential, but it will be a tough battle for him to stick in the league.


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