Number: #19 | Hometown: Keyport, NJ | Height: 6044 | Weight: 230 | Forty: 4.75E | Projection: Day Two | Twitter: @Alex_Thomson3 | Class: 2020 (rJR)
Big-framed, live arm quarterback who shows excellent poise in the pocket and command in the huddle, along with the mobility to move around. A compact throwing motion and quick release, allows him to get rid of the ball quickly. He is an extremely smart decision-maker and demonstrates the ability to make the correct pre-snap reads most of the time. His athleticism is one of his more underrated attributes, as he possesses the ability to scramble and bide more time in the pocket; he has flashed the ability to make accurate throws rolling out to his right or left. Possesses superb instincts, along with grit and toughness—has stood in the pocket and absorbed plenty of big hits in order to complete the pass. If you spend some time around this young man, you’ll walk away highly impressed with his presence and intelligence, he definitely has the ‘it’ factor and coaches rave about his leadership and intangibles.
New York Giants legend Phil Simms has served as his personal QB coach over the past two seasons, helping him refine his footwork and mechanics. He can drop it in a bucket from 40-plus yards out but he has made a conscious effort to improving his touch on deep patterns. The low completion percentage during his time at Wagner is a bit deceiving; when scouts pop in the game film they’ll see a quarterback who was constantly under pressure and endured dropped balls by the bunches from his wide outs. Staying healthy this season will bide well for his draft stock.
Missed entire freshman season due to torn PCL in his knee suffered during the North South All-Star Game following his senior year of high school. Suffered a torn shoulder during the second game of the season in 2017; missed the remainder of the year.
A Graduate transfer from Wagner College, who chose Marshall over Tennessee and Baylor. While the NCAA has yet to make an official ruling, he’s expected to have two more years of playing eligibility remaining.
He was sacked 65 times in 24 games during his time at Wagner. It will be interesting to see him playing behind an offensive line unit which returns all of their starters and only allowed eight sacks last season.
Grew up on the Jersey Shore. Orchestrated a Wing T offense in high school and was injured during an all-star game following the season, limiting him to just one scholarship offer at East Strousburg. He opted to walk-on at Wagner on an academic instead and earned a football scholarship by his second year. He graduated in the spring of 2018 with a degree in finance from Wagner (3.55 GPA). He will study for his MBA at Marshall. Older brother Bryan was an All-League and Academic All-American defensive lineman at East Stroudsburg. Another brother, Connor is a former offensive lineman at William Paterson. Has been training with current NFL quarterbacks, so he’s learning the culture of what being a pro quarterback is all about.
QUOTE OF NOTE
“I think he’s an NFL quarterback. I have no doubt about it. He’s athletic, smart and tough, and he’s just scratching the surface as a player. He’s as good as the backup quarterbacks in the NFL right now. I really believe that. He’s legit.”– Rich Scangarello, San Francisco 49ers QB Coach (January 2018)
He’ll run a more up-tempo offense at Marshall with new offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey, who comes over from Sam Houston State and has implemented an explosive system everywhere he’s coached. Don’t be surprised to see the Thundering Herd operate a no-huddle system 100% of the time, featuring a mix of RPOs and traditional drop-back elements. With true playmakers to throw to for the first time in his career, he could become one of the biggest breakout stars in the nation.
He ran a pro style offense during his time at Wagner, where he lined up both under the center and in shotgun, while playing under offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, who is currently the San Francisco 49ers QB coach. Simms has no hesitation dubbing him a next level talent and this season he’ll be out to prove that he can run a high-octane offense and make all the throws. He possesses most all of the traits that NFL scouts look for; frame, smarts, arm, poise, etc., a bit reminiscent of Chris Chandler. The NFL Draft Bible Advisory Board believes this quarterback is a top 100 overall selection come April.
2017 (rJR): Completed 27-of-46 passes (58.7%) for 311 passing yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions, before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
2016 (rSO): Named Team MVP, completing 184-of-323 passes (57 Percent) for 2,436 yards [221.5/game], 16 touchdowns and just five interceptions, amassing a 133.57 rating. Member of the 2016 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
2015 (rFR): Had a baptism by fire, seeing action in 11 games while starting the final nine in his first season as a Seahawk. Completed 90-of-175 passes (51.4%) for 1,085 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Ranked second on the team with 300 rushing yards; rushed for more than 50 yards on five different occasions. Member of 2015 NEC Fall All-Academic Honor Roll.
2014 (FR): Walked on in 2014 and did not play due to injury.
Completed 53-of-118 passes for 947 yards with nine touchdowns for the Keyport Red Raiders as a senior. Ran the ball 82 times for 234 yards with eight touchdowns. Versatile performer who was also a standout at linebacker and as his team’s punter. Also a standout on the basketball court, where he averaged 24.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Finished his basketball career with 1,380 points, 631 rebounds, 284 assists and 122 three-pointers.
(Pic: Downtown Huntington)