Scouting Report: Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State

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Orlando, FL | 6004 | 205 | 4.58E | 2020

Deondre Francois is probably one of the toughest quarterbacks in the nation after the Seminoles offensive line let him get clobbered as a redshirt freshman but he kept getting back up and he kept making plays. The kid is gifted athletically and he is a legitimate threat outside of the pocket with his quickness and skill as a runner. While Francois may lack prototype height, he comes from a pro-style offense and has not only displayed the ability to progress through his reads but also shows more than adequate arm strength to make all the next level throws. He can torque up on a ball and put in on a line but he also shows the skill/touch to drop it in the bucket and throw his man open. Deondre Francois made his share of mistakes his first season running Jimbo Fisher’s offense but also shined at times, while displaying some real arm talent along the way. He will be eligible for the draft after this season and with a successful 2017 and another big bowl win, Deondre Francois will more than likely be a very high pick in the 2018 draft should he declare.

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2016: One of the top freshman quarterbacks in the country, Francois led all freshman signal-callers with 3,350 passing yards (257.7 avg) – the fifth-highest single-season total in Florida State history…tossed 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions, while adding 198 yards and five touchdowns on the ground…completed 235 of 400 pass attempts (58.7 percent

2015: Redshirted the 2015 season while logging reps on the scout team…served as the scout team quarterback preparing the Seminole defense for the upcoming opponent…was one of three players to be recognized for their hard work and performance as Offensive Scout Team MVP at the end of the year banquet.

Personal: Led IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to a 9-1 record as a senior in 2014 after starring at Olympia High School in Orlando the previous two seasons…passed for 1,488 yards and 18 touchdowns and did not have a turnover after the season-opener…also did not lose a game after the season-opener…added 263 yards and two scores on the ground…coached by former FSU legend and 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke at IMG…captured All-Area honorable mention honors from the Bradenton Herald…passed for 3,162 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 54 percent of his passes over two seasons at Olympia (2012-2013)…participated in the Elite 11 Finals, a quarterback camp in Oregon…invited to ‘The Opening,’ an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike campus…picked FSU over Florida and Auburn among several scholarship offers…born February 12, 1997…majoring in social science.

 

Joe Everett

Joe Everett is the Director of College Scouting for NFL Draft Bible, he is the Founder of DraftScouts.com, also the Lead Editor & Defensive Statistician for Insider Football and member of the PFWA & FWAA.

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