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Draft Profile: NC State QB Ryan Finley – Kevin Atchley

By Kevin Atchley

Ryan Finley

6’ 4’’, 212 lbs, Senior

2018 Stats

(13 games- including 2018 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl):

326 completions, 67.4 Completion %, 3,928 pass YDS, (8.1 YDS per attempt), 25 TD’s, 11 INT’s, 148.0 RTG

Strengths:

Finley boasts the prototypical QB size that NFL scouts look for when drafting a franchise quarterback – 6’ 4’’, over 200 pounds. Big, strong arm, not afraid to make throws inside and outside the pocket, especially in tight windows. But what really makes Finley stand out from his college counterparts is his experience factor that most of his fellow quarterback’s lack. Finley has a total of six (!) years in a collegiate football uniform (Finley redshirted his 2013-year at Boise State). Finley originally enrolled at Boise State University; then went on to North Carolina State; where he excelled as a member of the NC State Wolfpack. These extra years of experience over his counterparts will certainly help him at the next level.

Weaknesses:

Throwing the football to the left side of the field: Being a right armed quarterback; Finley had a strong tendency to throw to his right side. In college, Finley ran a heavy dose of RPO/Play-action offensive plays; which normally led the signal caller to throw to his right side. If Finley wants to succeed at the next level, he must learn to throw to all sides of the gridiron, most notably the left side as well.

Overall Summary:

Finley has all the tools and attributes that one needs to succeed in the NFL. His size, arm strength, and agility will undoubtedly lead at least one NFL team to take a chance on the young signal caller out of NC State. While no one will confuse Finley for his NC State counterpart alum Phillip Rivers, Finley certainly has the college pedigree at the very least to be drafted. The New England Patriots could certainly use a future successor to Tom Brady even if he sits for a few years, learning all the nuances of the game.

Finley just might fit that bill.

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