November 17, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg (16) passes the ball against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

James Vandenberg, QB, Iowa Hawkeyes: 2013 NFL Draft Player Profile

Height:  6’3″

Weight:  212 pounds

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40 Yard Dash:  N/A

Bench Press:  N/A

Vertical Jump:  N/A

Broad Jump:  N/A

20-Yard Shuttle: N/A


Career Stats

2012 223 389 2249 57.3 5.78 51 7 8 22 107.7
2011 237 404 3022 58.7 7.48 88 25 7 29 138.4
2010 5 8 45 62.5 5.63 14 1 0 0 151.0
2009 42 87 470 48.3 5.40 55 2 5 6 89.7


Scouting Report/Player Notes

James Vandenberg came into Iowa City as one of the most decorated and statistically dominant high school quarterbacks in Iowa high school football history. Unfortunately, it looks like his career as a Hawkeye will end in vast disappointment. Vandenberg looked like a very promising quarterback of the future for the Hawks when replacing Ricky Stanzi in a big road game against Ohio State, flashing his strong arm and poise under pressure. Then, as a junior (first year as a starter), Vandenberg showed he had some stuff, throwing for over 3,000 yards with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He looked poised to be one of the top senior quarterbacks in the country, surely one of the best in the Big Ten heading into his senior season. However, Vandenberg has had an historic fall in terms of his NFL Draft stock in 2012. He has not just been poor, but with what we assume to be a clean bill of health, the senior from Keokuk, Iowa has been incredibly terrible this year. He tossed only five touchdown passes in 10 games, completing under 60 percent of his passes and looking at times like he has no clue what is happening around him on the field. He continually locks into receivers prior to the play, has had countless delay of game penalties, and is not showing in-game awareness. It has gotten to the point where some Iowa fans are questioning how long (or short) Kirk Ferentz’s leash is/should be. Vandenberg is one of the most promising QB prospects I’ve ever known to come out in his senior season and not only not show improvement, but to show such a steep decline. Truly a disappointing situation, and probably an undraftable player who will get a look thanks to his strong arm and physical tools.


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