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Trevor Siemian NFL Draft scouting report

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Can the former Wildcat signal caller sneak into the draft?

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Height Weight 40 Bench Press Vertical
6'3"* 220* 4.94 none none

All measurements from CBS Sports.

Career Statistics:

Year Games Attempts Completions Percentage Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
2011 8 26 16 61.5 256 3 1
2012 13 218 128 58.7 1312 6 3
2013 12 298 178 59.7 2149 11 9
2014 11 392 228 58.2 2214 7 11
Total 44 934 550 58.9 5931 27 24

Note: Siemian also rushed 142 times during his college career for -23 yards and six touchdowns, including five his senior year.

Rankings and Projections:

Overall Rank Position Rank Projected Round
ESPN -- 24 Undrafted
CBS Sports 448 22 Undrafted

Highlights:

Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Overall

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 BearsBroncos 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.

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.