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Road to the Draft: QB Greg McElroy


Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama

6-2, 220

Draft projection: 7th round.

Lowdown: Some team looking for the next Ryan Fitzpatrick might want to consider Alabama’s McElroy. He’s smart and he’s a winner. The problem is he does not have a good arm. Fitzpatrick, when he came out of Harvard, in 2005, was viewed as having a better-than-average arm. All the intangibles, however, are there in spades for McElroy, who has had an amazing football career already.

At Dallas’ Southlake Carroll High, McElroy had to wait three years to start, because he was behind Chase Daniel at QB. All Daniel did was go on to throw for 12,515 yards and 101 touchdowns in his career at Missouri. But when McElroy got on the field as a senior, he led his team to a 16-0 record and the Texas 5A championship. At Alabama, McElroy had to wait three years behind John Parker Wilson. But when he took over the job as a junior in 2009, McElroy led the Crimson Tide to a 14-0 record and a national title. When South Carolina upset Alabama in October, it was McElroy’s first loss since middle school. McElroy’s record as a starter in high school and college: 40-3.

McElroy also graduated with a degree in marketing and got only one B (all As otherwise) as an undergrad. He scored 48 out of 50 on the Wunderlich test at the combine – the same score as the Bills’ Fitzpatrick. McElroy’s father is senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Dallas Cowboys.

McElroy is a big fan of New England QB Tom Brady.

“Coach Saban doesn’t ever say here let’s throw on the film and watch No. 12 from New England, but you watch him. He’s the most fun guy to watch in the league right now. There’s a lot of efficient quarterbacks, but as far as his control, his balance, the way he sets up in the pocket, the way he is so mechanically sound, it really is such a joy to watch. It really is such a joy to watch. He’s so fluid. He never gets flustered. Just his subtle movements, all of his subtleties, every little detail is addressed. Coach Saban would never let me watch another quarterback play. He thinks that’s soft or something. But yeah, I obviously have spent time watching Tom Brady. He’s a hero of mine and a guy who I would love nothing more than to try to pattern my game off of.”

(The Road to the Draft is a daily feature on the Billboard Blog up until April 28.)

---Mark Gaughan


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