Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege had to wait until his junior season to take over as the Red Raiders full-time starting quarterback, but he continued the run of productive quarterbacks at the school that started under former coach Mike Leach. After last Friday’s victory over the Minnesota in the Meineke Care Bowl of Texas, he finished his senior season with 4,205 passing yards and 39 touchdown passes while completing just over 70 percent of his passes. He is now the second quarterback in school history to top 4,000 passing yards in consecutive seasons (joining Graham Harrell), and sits third in school history in passing yards (8,636) and passing touchdowns (69).
In what looks to be a fairly weak class of quarterbacks heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, at least in terms of top level prospects, Doege could have a chance to move significantly up draft boards with solid work during the pre-draft process. That will start with the East-West Shrine Game in January, and it can be argued he will be one of the top quarterback prospects in the game with who has currently accepted invitations to participate.
Let’s take a closer look at Doege, then I’ll analyze where he might go in April’s draft.
Weight: 200 lbs.
– Is a very accurate passer; exhibits good ball placement and velocity
– Understands his physical limitations, and is able to work within (around?) them
– Is able to buy time with his feet; shows good functional mobility despite not being overly athletic
– Plays with confidence, showing good leadership and command of the offense
– Does not possess imposing physical tools; is a bit undersized
– Did not have the opportunity to thrown downfield a lot in college, so he will have to answer questions about arm strength
– Sometimes struggles to get past his first read and maintain accuracy
Doege will definitely have to overcome the stigma of previous Texas Tech quarterbacks, and the perception of inflated production, in the eyes of scouts. Harrell has managed to hang around with the Green Bay Packers as the backup to Aaron Rodgers, but otherwise Red Raiders’ quarterbacks dating back to Leach’s tenure have struggled to get opportunities and stick in the NFL.
Doege looks likely to be a second day pick in April, but his draft stock could turn either direction with how he looks at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. I don’t see him vaulting into the first two or three rounds with an outstanding showing at those events, but he could prove himself worthy of a flier in later rounds if he does well compared to his peers. At the very least, I feel teams need to be willing to analyze Doege on his own and leave aside their thoughts about previous Red Raiders’ signal callers.