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Reggie McNeal QB 6?2 209 Texas A&M
By: Robert Davis
Reggie McNeal entered A&M as one of the elite dual threat QB recruits in the country. He has steadily progressed and is now one of the top dual threat college quarterbacks in the country. McNeal moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and threw for 1,782 yards, eight touchdowns to seven interceptions, while completing 51.1% of his passes. He added another 370 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. McNeal made dramatic improvements just a year later as a junior, finishing the year with a school record 2,791 yards, with 14 touchdowns to just four picks, while completing 58.1% of his passes. On the ground, he ran for 718 yards and eight touchdowns.
McNeal is a big time threat throwing the ball or running it. He has a very good arm, and can make every throw on the football field. He will stand in the pocket and deliver a strike. When things break down, he can leave the pocket and find a receiver, or tuck it and pick up yardage on the ground. McNeal is an awesome athlete, and has excellent speed. He could probably switch to wide receiver at the next level if he has to go that route.
Reggie has made a lot of improvements during his time at A&M, but he still has a ways to go. He still suffers through bouts of inconsistency on the field. His accuracy is up and down at times. He also still forces too many passes. McNeal will need time at the next level to adjust to an NFL playbook and to further develop his passing skills. He could also stand to pack on some weight, as he has a thin build, and is not very big.
There aren?t too many quarterbacks out there with the natural gifts McNeal has. He is a legitimate threat to beat you with his arm or his feet. However, he is going to need time and patience at the next level. If a team is willing to give McNeal time, they may have a big time playmaker on their hands. When the post season comes around, McNeal could amaze some people with his physical ability. But with him still being raw at the QB spot, he likely won?t hear his name called until the 3rd round at the earliest.
I think McNeal would be a solid 4 round draft pick. I read he could be compared to McNabb in the way he plays. I think this is a qb that Denver could make into a solid nfl qb in 2 or 3 years