By Jeremy Hritz
40 (est.): 4.8
College: Western Michigan University
– Passing: 420 completions, 662 attempts, 6068 yards, 45 touchdowns, 11 interceptions – Rushing: 150 attempts, 75 yards, 0.5 YPC
– Powerful arm coupled with quick release
– Accuracy evident in short-to-intermediate passing game
– Has played against quality NCAA opponents (Michigan) and had success
– Will hang in the pocket and take a shot to fire off a pass
|Areas for Growth|
– Average, to below average frame with minimal mobility, athleticism
– Average when throwing on the run
– Tendency to lock onto first-read instead of scanning field for options
– Needs to improve deep ball accuracy
Eleby gets drafted by a team who allows him to sit, watch, learn, and develop before getting his shot, then proving he can be a starter in the league if able to overcome his deficiencies. His arm strength alone makes him a project worthy of consideration.
His lack of mobility really hurts his prospects and limits the effective utilization of his cannon arm. Has flashes of brilliance but inconsistency to make plays outside of structure don’t allow him to get over the hump. Will provide depth to a team as a #3, could possibly even be a backup on a roster.
|Potential to Land with the Steelers|
If the Steelers don’t address the quarterback position with their first or second round pick, maybe they take a chance on Eleby in the later rounds as a developmental prospect. Otherwise, he will not be drafted by the Steelers.