Continuing to take an early look at all the draft eligible quarterbacks coming out in 2015, today we look at Arizona State signal caller Taylor Kelly, who has been breaking Sun Devil records since Brock Osweiler left for the NFL.
Kelly is entering his third year as a starter at ASU, and is a perfect fit for the offense they’re running there now under Todd Graham. Last year, he completed over 67 percent of his passes — an ASU record — on the way to one of the most prolific seasons in school history at the position.
When you watch him play, it’s clear he’s a very natural athlete with the ability to move around the pocket as well as get outside the pocket and make things happen, which is where I feel like he is best right now. He doesn’t have Marcus Mariota’s speed by any means, but the 6’2″ 211 pound Kelly can move and create with his feet.
I was most impressed watching his accuracy on the run, especially on intermediate to deeper throws. He will allow some passes to float downfield, and with the offense he’s in being tailored more for the college game, it’ll be a steeper learning curve at the NFL level. However, I feel like Kelly has a lot of tools that will intrigue NFL scouts as a possible mid-round quarterback.
He doesn’t have the strongest arm but he can spin it, and he can make every throw. He puts his ball in a place where he receiver can get it, and in a fast-paced, quick throw offense, he has his timing down and clearly has an in-depth knowledge of his strengths.
The coaches in the Pac 12, certainly with no shortage of choices, picked Kelly as the 2nd-team all-conference quarterback after Marcus Mariota.
Not many are talking about this player as we approach the season due to the fact that the Pac 12 already probably has two potential top 10 picks in Mariota and UCLA’s Brett Hundley, but Kelly is a very solid prospect in his own right and one who deserves a look this season as one of the top 10 in the country, certainly among the top 10 seniors.
Here’s a cutup of his from the great folks at DraftBreakdown.com against Wisconsin last year.
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