Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mel Kiper loves Dan LeFevour

About a month prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper held an online chat where he talked about 2010 quarterback prospects. After mentioning Oklahoma's Sam Bradford as the top prospect, Kiper then mentioned Tim Tebow of Florida and then threw out Dan LeFevour as a 10-15 pick in the first round.

This past weekend, Kiper again referenced LeFevour and reiterated his feelings on LeFevour. He mentioned Dan a few times on national television and gave him some more love in a post-draft chat, referring to him again as a 10-15th pick prospect in the first round of next year's draft.

It should be noted that other draft analyst, Todd McShay of Scouts Inc., felt LeFevour was more of a day two selections (3rd-7th rounds).

In my opinion, and I like Dan a lot, he has a good head on his shoulders, but I find it hard to believe that any NFL is going to put their franchise in his hands. If Graham Harrell of Texas Tech goes undrafted because he didn't run a "pro-style" offense, then where does that put LeFevour. CMU's offense is as far from a pro-style offense as you can get.

Dan's strengths are his intelligence, his poise in the pocket, his accuracy on short passes, and his running ability. But, in the NFL, LeFevour's running ability isn't going to get him very far. It will help in avoiding sacks, but an NFL team is not going to go with a draw call with Dan.

Dan's ability to throw the long ball would be a question and his ability to take the snap from under center would also be an issue. I am sure those are things he can work on during the year, but again if Harrell's amazing throwing ability didn't cut it, why would LeFevour's?

Obviously how things pan out this season will impact Dan's draft prospects, but I would still be shocked to see him anywhere in the first round next year. I think Dan can do some good things in the Wild Cat formation, but as a full-time quarterback taking all the snaps, I just don't see it right now.

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Blogger Nate said...

Don't let Mike Leach read this.

April 28, 2009 at 4:53 PM 
Blogger a10koaksfed said...

Dan has the desired size and is very accurate in the short to mid passing game. He also has escapability. Those are the aspects of the pro game that are most desired. He can learn to take the snap under center and drop back while in his first season as the #2 QB on roster. Dan will be a first rounder, unless his senior season is dogged by injuries ala his junior season.

April 29, 2009 at 4:51 PM 
Blogger Drew Ellis said...

It should be noted that Kiper considers Tebow a top pick and he certainly doesn't fit the "pro-style" mold as well. Tebow is a winner and a leader that I think NFL teams will like to have, and Dan has certainly had a lot of success at CMU, which could also help his draft prospects.

April 29, 2009 at 5:32 PM 
Blogger Bernardo Jimenez said...

He definitely did not look like a top quarterback last night. Great defense.

September 6, 2009 at 6:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason why harrell didnt good any looks isnt just because of the offense he ran in college. teams have taken spread qb in the draft before and high. the reason why he had no interest is because he has a weak arm and cant throw it down field with any zip. LeFevour has an arm and can make any throw needed in the nfl. he does have work to do coming out of the spread but is well equipped for the pro game

September 14, 2009 at 8:11 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Dan LeFevour played at one of those big schools, he would be the leading candidate for this years Heisman.

December 8, 2009 at 12:43 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now what does everyone have to say?

January 7, 2010 at 9:19 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he goes to Minnesota. They will obviously need someone to replace Brett in the near future and at least I will get two chances a year to see him play being a sorry Lions fan. Dan would do well in the short time learning under Favre.

January 9, 2010 at 4:08 AM 
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That's just because he got some great talent and awesome skills, i think mel see in dan that outstanding potential we everybody see in the young promise!!!

May 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM 

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