In what was considerably of an anticipated determination within the eyes of many, Auburn Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham opted to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Though Stidham has been an attention-grabbing prospect over the previous three seasons, he’s coming off a down season wherein his manufacturing took a dip.
The Tigers signal-caller has performed with the staff for the previous two seasons after transferring from Baylor College. In his freshman season with the Bears, Stidham noticed restricted motion however accomplished 75-of-109 makes an attempt for 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns and simply two interceptions. He additionally tacked on two dashing touchdowns for good measure.
Throughout his sophomore seasons in 2017, Stidham accomplished 66.5 p.c of his passes for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns over 14 video games whereas including 4 dashing scores. Though he threw six interceptions that season, the upside was clearly there.
Previous to the staff’s bowl recreation, Stidham was by no means in a position to absolutely hit his stride with the Tigers whereas going through powerful SEC opponents this season, as his manufacturing dropped. By 12 video games, the Auburn quarterback has accomplished 60.1 p.c of his passes for two,421 yards, 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
That narrative modified a bit within the Tigers’ bowl recreation victory over the Purdue Boilermakers, as he threw for 373 yards with 5 touchdowns and no interceptions, by far his greatest recreation. Stidham now appears to the draft along with his inventory trending upward and sure grabbing the eye of a number of scouts.
Let’s check out Stidham’s NFL draft outlook and projected spherical he could possibly be chosen.
Jarrett Stidham’s NFL Draft Inventory
*Be aware: Rankings/outlook from earlier than bowl season
Stidham almost declared for the 2018 NFL Draft however opted to return for one closing season with the Tigers. In flip, his determination to go professional, even placing the numbers apart can’t be thought-about an enormous shock. However nonetheless, his inventory has taken successful and it’ll be attention-grabbing to see whether or not he can enhance it.
As Josh Vitale of the Montgomery Advertiser cited, Russell Brown, a nationwide scout for cover1.internet referred to as Stidham a “draftable prospect.”
“He went from being in that first-round dialogue — and all that stuff is so early — however he had that potential. And he nonetheless has that potential,” Russell Brown, a nationwide scout for cover1.internet, advised the Montgomery Advertiser final week. “I feel that’s one thing that any individual in an NFL Draft room goes to appreciate. They’re going to say, ‘Hey, what, we’ve obtained a man that has this potential, and he’s simply not assembly it at Auburn.’
“There’s going to be a training employees on the market that sees potential in him, and I feel he’s a draftable prospect. Little question.”
Brown went on to name him a late-second or early-third day prospect. However even past that, ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Stidham because the No. 10 quarterback (previous to Justin Herbert’s determination to return to highschool). Walter Soccer has him listed because the No. 6 general signal-caller, which factors to a possible slide within the draft if that have been to stay.
When Jarrett Stidham May Be Drafted
*Be aware: Draft projections up to date earlier than bowl season
There’s been a mix of opinions in relation to Stidham. Based mostly on Walter Soccer’s rating and perception, it appears he’s seemingly going to be a day two choose greater than seemingly, not less than as issues at the moment stand.
“Stidham ought to have returned to Auburn for subsequent yr to enhance earlier than going professional, however he determined to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. In talking with staff sources, they suppose that Stidham could possibly be chosen on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.”
Early in December, Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com cited that previous to the season, he had Stidham as a second-round choose with the potential to maneuver into the primary. Pauline mentioned a bounce into the primary received’t occur now, however that the signal-caller does nonetheless seem like a day-two prospect.
Fortuitously, the Auburn quarterback will get an opportunity even past the bowl recreation to impress scouts and NFL coaches. Because the Reese’s Senior Bowl revealed on Twitter, Stidham accepted an invitation to play within the recreation.
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