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The Road to the Draft: QB Andy Dalton

THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT

Andy Dalton, QB, Texas Christian
6-foot-2, 215 pounds
Draft projection: Second round.

Lowdown: Dalton’s physical tools are not overwhelming. His production is. He went 42-7 as a four-year starter at TCU and was a three-time bowl MVP. He passed for 10,314 yards with 71 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. As a senior, he hit 66.1 percent of his passes with 27 TDs and 6 INTs. He played out of a spread offense that emphasized shorter throws, which helped his completion percentage. He didn’t throw downfield a lot. His accuracy downfield wasn’t great. He’s smart. How limited is his upside? That's what scouts must decide. Based on his skill set, he's a second or third round pick. Based on the numer of teams in dire need of a quarterback, he should be gone by the 50th pick and it wouldn't be a total shock if some team reached into the bottom of the first round for him. He played for the Bills’ coaching staff at the Senior Bowl.

On what he hopes NFL teams see in him: “I understand the game really well. I think it's the way the offense was for me and TCU put a lot on me. I knew a lot which allowed them to put a lot on me. Just to go out and show them how much I know about the game of football not only about defenses but protections and everything it takes to play QB. And hopefully they'll see that I'm a winner, I didn't lose very many ball games, I can't stand to lose. All my hard work is to win ball games.”

 ---Mark Gaughan

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