Every year, we see a number of little-known prospects come out of the woodworks and emerge as potential NFL playmakers. The 2014 NFL Draft is no different, and Arkansas State quarterback Adam Kennedy is a prime example.
A Utah State transfer who started immediately after joining the Red Wolves, Kennedy spent the entire 2013 season proving why he’s a name worth knowing.
During the 2013 campaign, Kennedy connected on 214 of his 309 throws (69.3 percent) for 2,337 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions, earning himself a 140.66 passer rating. He also picked up 514 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
While his numbers aren’t overwhelming, it’s easy to see on film that Kennedy has the tools to be an NFL quarterback.
Possessing ideal size (6’5’’, 224) and a big arm, Kennedy does a great job of making the most of what the defense gives him. He’s accurate – evidenced by the 69.3 completion percentage – and has the arm strength to make all of the necessary throws down the field. When he’s in the pocket, he displays outstanding awareness, moving to avoid the rush and making plays with his feet when the opportunity arises.
Kennedy does suffer from overconfidence at times, throwing into tight windows and double coverage more often than you’d like. That’s a coachable trait, though, which should get better with proper NFL mentoring.
Put simply, Kennedy has all of the traits you look for in an NFL quarterback. Size, arm strength, accuracy, pocket poise and clutch playmaking. Sounds like a winner if you ask me.
Keep an eye out for Kennedy as the Arkansas State quarterback looks to prove himself as a serious 2014 NFL Draft prospect in the upcoming months.