In early January I gave Pat Devlin a preliminary 2nd-round grade, based mostly upon some footage I had seen from his 2009 season. After struggling in the East-West Shrine Game I dropped his grade to the 3rd round.
The concern with Devlin is his arm strength. At the Shrine Game he struggled to put enough on his passes and frequently his throws came out wobbly.
At his Pro Day on Tuesday Devlin reportedly showed off more of the same shaky arm strength and inconsistency with his accuracy.
According to Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com Devlin “overthrew or underthrew so many passes causing his coaches and teammates to express concern… He had too much air on flag routes and Devlin himself even expressed disappointment.”
Devlin’s poor workouts are a great example of why it’s so difficult to evaluate prospects from the FCS and other lower levels of the college game. Devlin was one of the elite quarterbacks at the FCS level, and his accuracy appears to be a strength on tape. As a senior he threw just three interceptions in 384 attempts.
Now that scouts have gotten to see him up close, it appears as though he may not have an NFL future all.
I’ve seen enough good qualities from his game footage that I still wouldn’t hesitate to draft him in the middle rounds of the draft, but his struggles on the practice field have eliminated any chance of him coming off the board in the first three rounds.