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#121 - 4th Round - Carolina from Seattle, Stefan LeFors, QB, LOUISVILLE

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  1. Hostile

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    Panthers select...Stefan LeFors
    QB | (6'0", 208, 4.53) | LOUISVILLE
  2. Juke99

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    Strengths: Emerged as one of the nation's most productive and efficient passers in 2004. Is an excellent athlete with elite speed for the QB position. Is a threat to run. Has a quick set, terrific pocket presence and avoids a lot of pressure with his feet. He throws well on the run and is mechanically sound in terms of squaring his shoulders. His accuracy is elite. He has tremendous touch and timing. Shows the consistent ability to lead his receivers in stride, as well as to drop the ball in between the LB and DS. He reads the field well, is intelligent and does a great job with his progression reads. Protects the football and forces very few throws. Has ideal intangibles  high character, hard working, proven winner, intelligent and excellent leadership skills.

    Weaknesses: Lack of size is a major weakness. Durability would have to be a concern. His lack of height really limits him in terms of his vision and setting up inside the pocket. He would need to spend a lot of time outside of the pocket in order to be successful in the NFL  ala Jake Plummer. Arm strength is adequate and better than he gets credit for but it is still not great.

    Overall: LeFors' father, mother and brother are all deaf. He redshirted in 2000, appeared in five games as Dave Ragone's backup in 2001 and played in only three games in 2002. His first season as a fulltime starter was in 2003, when he completed 61.3-percent of his attempts for 3,145 yards with 17 TD's and 10 INT's. LeFors led Louisville to an 11-1 record as a senior in 2004, completing 73.5-percent of his attempts for 2,596 yards with 20 TD's compared to just three INT's. Lefors' lack of size is really his only glaring weakness. Lefors shows very good footwork, impressive athleticism and good technique and accuracy when throwing on the run. His arm is also stronger than he gets credit for. In terms of work ethic, character, toughness and overall intangibles, Lefors has everything you look for in a quarterback. Lefors is still nothing more than a mid-round prospect that will need to be drafted by a team that employs a West Coast scheme (such as the Eagles and Seahawks) or for a team like the Broncos that works to get its quarterbacks outside of the pocket on a lot of play-action and bootlegs. However, with his incredible senior season and strong showing at the East-West Shrine game, Lefors' draft value is definitely on the rise.

    * Player biographies are provided by Scouts Inc.
  3. Juke99

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    Stefan Lefors, QB, Louisville
    Height: 5:11.6 Weight: 201

    Overview: One of the finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as a senior, Stefan continued the school's tradition of producing standout quarterbacks, following Dave Ragone, Chris Redman, Jeff Brohm and Browning Nagle, all whom received national honors during their time at Louisville...A four-year starter at Christian Life Academy, where he also lettered three times in basketball and four times in track, Stefan led the team to the state playoffs every year. He threw for almost 6,000 yards and accounted for 59 touchdowns in his prep career. He earned All-State honors as a senior after throwing for 2,100 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 500 yards and six scores in `99. He was also a standout defensive back, earning All-State honors after intercepting eleven passes as a junior... Comes from a loving family and is well-versed in sign language, as his parents are deaf... Redshirted at Louisville in 2000 and saw action in only five games in 2001, completing three of nine passes for 63 yards while spending most of his time holding for extra points and field goals...The following, season, Stefan would appear in only three contests, hitting on five of seven passes for 49 yards and a score...Took over the starting quarterback job for a departed Ragone in 2003, responding with a career-high 3,145 yards and 17 touchdowns on 219 of 357 attempts (61.3%)...Only Redman (3647 in 1999 and 4,042 in 1998) threw for more yards in a season for the Cardinal...Started every game as a senior, but shared some of that playing time with touted recruit Brian Brohm...Completed 189 of 257 passes (73.5%, the best percentage in the nation) for 2,596 yards, twenty touchdowns and only three interceptions...His interception percentage of 1.16 broke the old school season-record of 1.6 by Marty Lowe in 1995...For his Louisville career, LeFors threw for 5,853 yards with 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on 416 of 630 passes...His 38 scoring passes tied Jeff Brohm (1989-93) for fourth on the school's career record list and his 5,853 yards also rank fourth in Louisville annals...His pass completion percentage of 66.0 broke the previous school all-time record of 61.4 by Redman (1996-99)...Also gained 756 yards with six touchdowns on 146 carries (5.2 avg), topping the old school career-record for quarterback of 597 yards on the ground by Ragone (1999-02)...Only Ragone (9,161) and Redman (12,129) surpass his 6,609 yards in total offense in school annals.

    Analysis: Positives...Shows toughness in the pocket vs. the rush and can step up and out to avoid pressure in the pocket...Better suited for the short to intermediate area passing game, as he has a good, but not a powerful arm...His passes tend to lose some velocity when throwing on the move...Works from the shotgun quite a bit, but does have the quickness and fluidity in his setup....Left-handed passer who carries the ball numbers-high and has solid over-the-top mechanics, but will over-extend at times when unleashing the deep ball...Finishes with square shoulders and set feet and shows a good delivery point to generate zip and quickness in his release...Has good awareness of the blitz and shows the nimble feet to avoid tackles...High percentage passer, but that is because he throws a lot of underneath passes...Not the type who can throw the long ball consistently, as his passes lack the velocity and touch in that area... However, while he might not be the best solution for a vertical, downfield game, he will fit in well with a West Coast system where he can display his accuracy on crossing, underneath and dump-off throws...Has a soft touch, but when he overextends, the ball does not come out with a tight spiral...Very effective at leading his receivers to the ball, but his targets sometimes have to come back for his deep throws...Quick, elusive runner with a good feel stepping up in the pocket...Might lack the ideal size, but certainly shows rare speed for his position...When he operates in the short area, he can really zip the ball with velocity...Shows very good communication skills with his receivers (some picked up using sign language, making their communication better when breaking off routes)...Has good lower body strength and can break tackles on the run...Despite a lack of ideal size, he reads coverages well and makes proper checks at the line...Type that can look off and freeze the safeties with his fakes and play action...Rarely forces the ball into traffic and does a good job of getting through progressions...In a West Coast offense, he could be another Jeff Garcia, thanks to his foot speed.

    Negatives

    Agility tests: Campus: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash...300-pound bench press...420-pound squat...275-pound power clean...30-inch vertical jump...31-inch arm length...8 -inch hands...Left-handed...26/33 Wonderlic score.

    High school: Attended Christian Life (Baton Rouge, La.) Academy...A four-year starter, he led the team to four consecutive Class 2A playoff appearances...Lettered three times in basketball and four times in track...Threw for almost 6,000 yards in his prep career...All-State selection after throwing for 2,100 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior...Also ran for another 500 yards and six scores in 1999...Two-time Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro pick...Accounted for 59 touchdown passes in his career...Two-way performer who intercepted 11 passes as a junior to earn All-State honors at defensive back...Part of a two-time state champion 4x100 relay team.

    Personal: Business major...Married in May 2002 to the former Joy Trahan...Born 6/07/81...Resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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