Saturday, April 24, 2010

Eagles select Northwestern QB Mike Kafka with 122nd pick

 Mike Kafka (QB)

 Height:6'3"
 Weight: 225 lbs.
 College: Northwestern
  
  

Overview

Kafka rebounded for a nice senior season after being bounced around and showing a lot of inconsistencies during his first three years. He is a touch passer that relies on timing and accuracy with the short throws to get the job done. He has marginal arm strength and needs room to step into his throws in order to get any zip on the ball. He generally takes the snap from the shotgun formation and will need his share of time to learn how to go under center, take the snap and drop to the pocket. He is a smart quarterback that can read coverages and go through his progressions but has too many physical limitations to be considered more than a backup.

Strengths
Kafka possesses nice size to scan the field. Is an accurate passer who exhibits nice touch on underneath routes. Shows a good sense of timing. Can work through multiple progressions and understands route combination concepts. Can improvise.

Weaknesses
Kafka doesn’t have the speed to be considered a threat in the open field. Struggled to perform at a consistently high level early in his career. Lacks experience in a pro-style system after spending most of his time from the shotgun in the spread. Does not possess the necessary arm strength to hit the deep out or push the ball down the field against defenses at the next level.
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