Case Keenum: Transition to NFL Will Be Too Much for Former Star QB to Handle

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IApril 25, 2012

DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 02:  Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars carries the TicketCity Bowl trophy after a 30-14 win against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Cotton Bowl Stadium on January 2, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Despite his record-setting college career, Case Keenum won't make an NFL roster in 2012.

Per, Keenum has set multiple NCAA career passing records, including career completions, total offense and career passing touchdowns.

So how in the world could he possibly fail in the NFL, you ask?

Going into the combine, scouts worried that Keenum didn't have an NFL arm (h/t

He did nothing to dispel that concern with a dismal, if not atrocious showing in passing drills at the scouting combine.


One of the big knocks on Keenum is his lack of arm strength, which came into full focus during drills. His passes lacked zip and were too slow getting to receivers...While we believe arm strength is the most overrated piece of the quarterback evaluation process, it's necessary to be at a minimum level. Keenum’s lack of zip affected his accuracy, which is a big issue.

Arm strength is a big issue in the NFL, like it or not. Quarterbacks must be able to fit balls into tight windows or risk getting picked off by the elite athletes that roam around the gridiron these days.

Keenum isn't particularly tall, either. At 6'1" with a noodle arm, he doesn't possess the physical tools to succeed at the next level. 

Cornerbacks and safeties would eat Keenum alive in the NFL. He can't make all the throws which would allow defensive coordinators to drop their safeties down into the box a bit, making for some tough sledding in both the passing game and the running game.

Because of these facts, Keenum has no chance to make it in the NFL and I don't expect him to even get drafted.