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Penn State’s senior quarterback Matt McGloin had a resurgent season under new Nittany Lions head coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien was formerly the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator prior to taking the job before the 2012 season.
The biggest benefactor of his coaching and scheme was definitely the senior quarterback. McGloin earned an All-Big Ten honorable mention as the conference’s top passer. He averaged 272.2 YPG and tosses 24 touchdown passes, both the best in the conference.
His senior-season efforts netted him the Burlsworth Award, which is given to the top player in the country who began his college career as a walk-on.
McGloin’s success may have helped the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record, but it probably didn’t boost the quarterback’s draft stock incredibly.
The 6’0”, 200-pound quarterback doesn’t have prototypical size for the position or the big arm that NFL teams look for. He’s also indecisive in the pocket, especially when pressed. O’Brien’s offense helped him by providing him quicker throws and check-down options, but he still held onto the ball too long at times.
On the positive side, he led a team during an incredibly difficult situation and was the unquestioned leader of his team. Despite not having elite arm strength, he has decent accuracy and can make most throws that would be asked of him as a backup or practice squad player at the next level.
Projected Round: UDFA