With the NFL Draft taking place in Chicago from April 30 through May 2, we'll be catching you up on where some Northwestern prospects may land. We continue this series with former quarterback Trevor Siemian.
All measurements from CBS Sports.
Note: Siemian also rushed 142 times during his college career for -23 yards and six touchdowns, including five his senior year.
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At about 6'3" and 220 pounds, Siemian possesses good size for a quarterback. Throughout his time at Northwestern, he showed an ability to check the ball down effectively, especially if wideouts were breaking towards the middle of the field. Siemian usually delivers an accurate pass on short throws, like slants, ins, hitches and screens. Although not necessarily fast, he is somewhat mobile and can move some in the pocket and at times get outside the pocket. He shows some zip on passes over the middle beyond ten yards. Finally, he has a lot of experience in the shotgun, and he has run an up-tempo offense in college, something that is becoming popular in the pros.
Siemian struggled with his decision making at times this year and really struggled with his deep ball. He often underthrew open wide receivers, either resulting in interceptions or incompletions on plays that could have gone for much more. At times Siemian looked uncomfortable in the pocket and went to his check down options too quickly. He has trouble making the long throws to the sidelines, as seen in the interception he threw against Ohio State in the video above. Inside the hashmarks, he shows a lot more zip on the ball than he does on those outside the numbers. He's not a particularly agile runner and won't often make defenders miss. And when in the redzone, Siemian struggles at fitting the ball into small windows.
Obviously tearing his ACL didn't help Siemian in his quest to be the first former Northwestern quarterback drafted since 2010, but the fact that he has visited with several teams, including the Bears, Broncos and Browns, is encouraging. Siemian is still a lognshot to be drafted, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him signed as a rookie free agent. The biggest thing moving forward, regardless if he is drafted or not, will be his health. Despite his struggles senior year, and the offense's struggles as a whole, there is reason to believe he might find a home somewhere, and Sporting News put out an encouraging piece about his draft prospects recently. Additionally, while he may not be projected to get drafted, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is also a big Siemian fan.
Want a sleeper? Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian, who tore his ACL in Nov and missed all-star games & the Combine. Visiting #Broncos Thursday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 31, 2015
It would be a surprise to hear Siemian's name called during the draft, but it certainly wouldn't be a surprise to hear that someone has given him a shot in the days following the draft.