4. Ryan Finley, N.C. State 6-4, 208 (2)
Career Statistics: 938-1461 (64%) 111,147 yards, 63 TDs, 30 INTs. 382 rushing yards, 5 TDs
Why Ryan Finley Is Here On The List: He grew into the job over his long career, starting at Boise State and finishing up with a massive final season at NC State. He could’ve come out last season and been around a third round pick, but he came back and put together a massive year that flew under the national radar.
The entire offense was on his arm, and he helped carry the Wolfpack with over 3,900 yards and 25 touchdowns, doing a great job of pushing the ball deep.
He’s a bit too thin, and he’s not a truly elite NFL prospect, but he can be a solid starter for a long time with the raw passing skills to get an offense moving. For those who want veteran quarterbacks who can be ready from Day One, Finley is it.
What The NFL Types Want To See: A fastball. He’s got good touch on his throws, and he’s fantastic at getting the ball deep enough, but his mechanics need to be air-tight and he has to show the power throws – if possible.
Bottom Line: He’ll fall out of the first round because there’s no WOW factor to his game, but he’s a rock-solid pro quarterback who should rock on the board in the interviews and will be deadly accurate in the throwing drills. However, he’s going to look a bit too thin.