Kyle Shurmur 2019 NFL Draft Profile

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Kyle Shurmur 2019 NFL Draft Profile
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 27: Vanderbilt Commodores quarterback Kyle Shurmur (14) looks to pass as Ke'Shawn Vaughn (5) runs a route during during the Texas Bowl football game between the Baylor Bears and the Vanderbilt Commodores on December 27, 2018 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Kate Pearson-Halyburton LWOS

Overview
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 230 pounds
School: Vanderbilt Commodores

Combine Performance Data

40-yard dash: 4.91 seconds
Vertical jump: 29.5 inches
Broad jump: 8 feet, 10 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.51 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

Kyle Shurmur 2019 NFL Draft Profile

Kyle Shurmur rewrote the record books during his tenure at Vanderbilt.  His football I.Q. and game intelligence struck fear into many opponents last season.  If Vanderbilt had the roster depth of the other SEC schools, Shurmur would be a household name with an upset of Notre Dame. Yet his lack of supporting cast depth lead to several “almost” wins over ranked teams. As Shurmur settled into Vanderbilt’s offensive system his quarterback rating and stats increased exponentially.

Shurmur was born into an athletic and football-rich family. His dad is a longtime NFL coach, coordinator, and now the head coach of the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur. He taught Kyle the core fundamentals essential to a quarterback, throwing and footwork. Shurmur’s summers as a coach’s kid included throwing passes with Donovan McNabb. As well as attending the Manning’s Passing Camps. Kyle is used to preconceived expectations as the kid of a coach, yet he has no problem standing on his own. Watch any of a multitude of interviews with his Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and he talks about Kyle’s passion and undeniable work ethic.

Shurmur finished his Vanderbilt career with 8,865 passing yards, 723 pass completions, and 1,273 pass attempts, as well as 64 touchdown passes. During his senior season, he completed 62.6 percent of passes as a 13-game starter (254-of-406). He passed for 3,130 yards and 24 touchdowns. Shurmur’s passing yardage, completion percentage as well as total completions were single-season career highs. In his last four regular-season games, all against SEC teams, Shurmur was virtually unstoppable with 90-of-123 (73 percent). He had 11 touchdowns and one interception. Shurmur earned SEC Player of the Week after his third consecutive win over Tennessee on November 24th. He is the first Vanderbilt quarterback to beat Tennessee three times since the 1920s.

Strengths

  • prototypical NFL quarterback build;
  • smart quarterback;
  • a leader on the field and in the locker room;
  • immense football I.Q.;
  • extreme game intelligence;
  • fundamentally sound;
  • extremely comfortable in a pro-style offense;
  • works through progressions quickly;
  • great timing and ball placement;
  • can thread the needle if needed;
  • powerful arm;
  • takes care of the ball.

Weaknesses

  • not as mobile as most pro teams would like
  • low set up in a long throwing motion led to being stripped from behind a handful of times;
  • has a narrow base when throwing
  • inconsistent with the deep ball throws;
  • arm strength is a concern.

NFL Comparison:  Alex Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick

Teams with a Need at Position: Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Redskins

Projection: Sixth or seventh round

Bottom Line

Ultimately, Shurmur has the ideal build and size to be an NFL quarterback. He is fundamentally sound with more game comprehensive game knowledge than most of his counterparts. Shurmur is a strategic passer who will make smart on-field decisions, IF he has the coverage he can trust. His game intelligence and football IQ are exponential. He will need a year or two as a developmental quarterback for any team that picks him up.  Shurmur is not a perfect player with some inconsistencies but they are fixable issues with some repetition and practice. He will be an effective team leader on and off the field.

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