A lot of people ask me about Pat Devlin (QB, Delaware) and unfortunately I can’t offer any opinion. With no access to Delaware games, it’s impossible for me to judge a prospect who some have touted as a potential draft dark-horse.
Kevin Wiedl from Scouts Inc has seen Devlin perform and he has this to say:
“At 6-3 and 225 pounds Devlin isn’t as big as former Delaware and current Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Devlin’s arm is not as strong as Flacco’s either. However, the two are similar in terms of poise and pocket presence when going through progressions. Devlin is able to feel and sidestep the pass rush and consistently get to his second and third options, and he has a great grasp of the offense and makes solid decisions (22 TD passes, 2 INT in 2010).
“Devlin isn’t the most mobile quarterback and will take his fair share of sacks, but he’s functional in the pocket and shows intelligence. His accuracy could improve a bit but Devlin’s overall skill set has positioned him in the late-third or early-fourth round area at this point and he could move up the board with a strong showing in all-star games and other pre-draft workouts.”
A lack of mobility probably won’t cut it in this Seahawks offense. We only had a brief glimpse of Charlie Whitehurst on Sunday but in the red zone it was noticable how option-run’s were being called. Whitehurst was given the chance to run if the read went that way and it actually led to a fourth down conversion and a touchdown.
Neither play has been called with Matt Hasselbeck on the field and it’s not a surprise given that both of Seattle’s quarterbacks have different levels of mobility.
It may not have been obvious this year but the Seahawks want their quarterback to move around, whether it’s an option-run, a bootleg or simply evading pressure and getting out of the pocket.
I’ll try to acquire some tape on Devlin in the future.