Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
Saints select...Adrian McPherson
QB | (6'3", 218, 4.69) | FLORIDA STATE
Strengths: Has exceptional natural tools. Is tall, continues to add bulk and has the frame to get bigger. Is an outstanding athlete. Has quick feet, is mobile and is a threat to run. Throws well on the run. Has above average arm strength. Is at his best throwing short-to-intermediate routes. Shows good zip on the deep out route and gets good RPM's on his intermediate throws. Shows the ability to fit the ball into tight spots over the middle. Surprisingly, he has outstanding mechanics. A high release point and a quick delivery.
Weaknesses: Character is his biggest concern after 2002 gambling scandal at Florida State. Still a bit undersized. Needs to improve overall bulk. Lacks ideal lower body strength. Doesn't show great leg drive as a passer. Relies on his arm too much. Deep ball is inconsistent. Can be too impatient in the pocket. Will need to prove he can read NFL defenses. There are questions about his intelligence and ability to quickly pick up a scheme. Will have to adjust from AFL, where game is a different pace, the field has different dimensions and there are only three down linemen.
Overall: McPherson became the first athlete to ever win "Mr. Football" and "Mr. Basketball" as a high school athlete in the state of Florida. McPherson took over as a starter at Florida State in just his sophomore season in 2002 but was kicked off the team following a well-publicized gambling scandal. He tried to enroll at Tennessee State but the NCAA made it nearly impossible, which led to his decision to turn pro and play in the Arena Football League. McPherson quickly developed into one of the most effective and dynamic quarterbacks in the AFL, playing for the Indiana Firebirds. Now, at the age of 20, McPherson has elected to make himself available for the 2005 NFL draft. McPherson spent his pre-draft process training with Florida with former teammates Craphonso Thorpe, P.K. Sam and Bryant McFadden. What makes McPherson so intriguing as a mid-to-late round draft prospect in 2005 is that he has the physical tools of a Day 1 pick. Few quarterbacks in this class are as talented. McPherson obviously has a lot of baggage. He also still needs to improve his mechanics, lower body strength and consistency on the deep ball. However, after spending time breaking down film of McPherson in the AFL and also after talking to people that have been around the much more mature McPherson recently, we feel strongly that he's worth the risk early on Day 2. McPherson has learned tough lessons, he never brought down any others that were involved in his off-the-field issues with him and he has grown up a great deal in the past couple of years. With good size, an extremely strong arm and terrific overall athleticism, there should be a lot of intrigue surrounding McPherson on draft weekend.
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thought Adrian would go a round higher. Maybe they will have a QB who can win.
Adrian Mcpherson, QB, Florida State
Height: Ex Weight: Florida State University Seminoles
Overview: An extremely talented quarterback who honed his pinpoint accuracy while competing for the Indiana Firebirds in the Arena Football League during the 2004 season. Joined Indiana after the season began and was not activated until the third game, but still managed to win AFL Rookie of the Year honors. McPherson completed 209 of 352 passes (59.4 percent) for 2,965 yards, 56 touchdowns and only five interceptions in fourteen games. He also scored 18 times on 59 carries for 257 yards (4.4 avg). McPherson was the first athlete to ever be named Florida Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball, prepping at Southeast (Bradenton, Fla.) High School. He was also selected Gatorade Florida Player of the Year and first-team class 4A All-State, as he passed for 3,727 yards on 217 of 355 passing with 42 touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for 765 yards and eight scores that year. McPherson passed for 75 touchdowns and 6,161 yards over his last two seasons. In basketball, he averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists a game, including games of 59, 56, 52, 49 and 46 points in basketball during his junior year. McPherson broke his single-game scoring record in basketball with 59 points vs. East Bay. He played outfield for his American Legion baseball team that won a state championship last summer and hails from the same high school as former FSU and Cincinnati Bengals star Peter Warrick. McPherson backed up Chris Rix as a true freshman at Florida State in 2001. He appeared in nine games, completing 18 of 37 passes (48.6 percent) for 198 yards and two touchdowns, adding 16 yards on 23 carries that year. He opened the 2002 campaign behind Rix, but when the starting quarterback struggled, McPherson replaced him in the lineup vs. Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State. He connected on 80 of 155 passes (51.6 percent) for 1,017 yards, twelve touchdowns and only one interception. Adrian also rushed 48 times for 180 yards (3.8 avg). However, McPherson was arrested on 11/27/02 on charges of stealing a blank check and receiving nearly $3,500 after it was cashed. He was kicked off the team, finishing his career with 98 of 192 passes for 1,215 yards (51.0 percent), fourteen touchdowns and one interception. He also gained 196 yards on 71 rushing attempts (2.8 avg). Three months after being dismissed from Florida State, he was also charged with gambling on pro and college games, including FSU contests (a childhood friend, Otis Livingston, said McPherson bet on the Seminoles to beat Notre Dame -- they lost 34-24 -- and lost another $1,000 bet on the Miami-West Virginia game. He said the internet gambling account was under a friend's name, but he, McPherson and the friend all used it. "It started off with a hundred (dollars), all three of us together," Livingston testified. McPherson was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine). He attempted to enroll at another school, but with the legal issues, was forced to sit out the 2003 season. Once his legal troubles were behind him, McPherson became the youngest player to ever suit up for an Arena Football League team at age nineteen.
Analysis: Positives...Excellent athlete who can create something out of nothing...Has outstanding quickness and feet, above average agility and balance, good change of direction and agility and sudden acceleration past the line of scrimmage...Has the ability to set up and throw quickly, showing consistency and a smooth set up... Has good body control to throw on the run and shows speed to his throwing point...Developed a knack for seeing underneath coverage, resulting in a limited amount of tipped passes...Learned to throw the ball away when he should and will not normally force the ball into coverage...Very innovative in the pocket and has the quickness to create problems for the defense with his feet...Plants well to throw and shows a tight spiral behind his tosses...Can get good zip on throws when he sets his feet, showing improvement on accuracy in 2004 arena ball...Has the arm strength to throw the ball 55-60 yards with ease...Shows good zip behind his tosses and is developing above average deep arm strength that can only get better with maturity...Can drill the ball in the seam and consistently hit the short area targets, keeping the receivers on their routes with minimal adjustment...Has the strength to get the ball deep, doing a nice job of leading the receiver so his target does not have to wait or come back for the pass...Especially effective with his timing when hitting his receivers in the short and intermediate areas...Can avoid sacks, buy a second chance and make a big play out of a complete disaster thanks to his elusiveness and quickness.
Negatives...Off-field problems might be behind him, but teams will be very cautious before deciding if he is worth the gamble...Relies more on his athletic ability than a knowledge for the game and is still doing it all on instincts alone...Can get rid of ball quickly most of the time, but tends to have a little bit of a windup when flushed out of the pocket and when throwing to his left...His accuracy seems to be better when he is on the move and on touch throws rather than in the pocket (tends to get impatient).
Agility tests: COMBINE: 4.71 in the 40-yard dash...2.73 20-yard dash...1.68 10-yard dash...34.5-inch vertical jump...10'8" broad jump...4.08 20-yard shuttle...6.93 three-cone drill...32 -inch arm length...9-inch hands...26 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Southeast (Bradenton, Fla.) High School, where he became the first player in state history to earn both Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball honors...Also selected Gatorade Florida Player of the Year and first-team class 4A All-State, as he passed for 3,727 yards on 217 of 355 passing with 42 touchdowns as a senior...Rushed for 765 yards and eight scores that year...Passed for 75 touchdowns and 6,161 yards over his last two seasons... In basketball, he averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists a game including games of 59, 56, 52, 49 and 46 points in basketball during his junior year...Broke his single-game scoring record in basketball with 59 points vs. East Bay...Played outfield for his American Legion baseball team that won a state championship last summer and hails from the same high school as former FSU and Cincinnati Bengals star, Peter Warrick.
Personal: Sociology major...Father, Floyd, played basketball at Manatee Community College...Born Adrian Jamal McPherson on 5/08/83...Resides in Bradenton, Florida.
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