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Colby Cameron of Lousiana Tech thrives on efficiency.
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech
6’2’’, 210 Pounds, 4.87-Second 40
Cameron enjoyed a breakout campaign during his senior year at Louisiana Tech.
He ranked fifth in the NCAA with 359 pass completions and a 68.8 completion percentage. His 4,147 yards passing were the seventh-most in the nation, while his 35 total touchdowns (31 passing) led the Western Athletic Conference.
Only one other college gunslinger eclipsed his remarkable 345.6 yards passing per game this season. Said accomplishments earned him WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors.
From 2011-2012, Cameron set an NCAA record with 444 pass attempts without throwing an interception.
The ever-efficient quarterback consistently showed a quick release and great touch on mid-range passes in practice, according to Eric Galko of OptimumScouting.com. He impressed scouts by recovering from a poor early showing on Monday.
CBS Sports notes that Cameron’s lack of elite size and arm strength will minimize his viability at the NFL level.
That said, a strong performance in the East-West matchup could substantiate his current late-round status as a future NFL backup. The 49ers might very well deem him worthy of a spot on the practice squad behind Scott Tolzien and starter Colin Kaepernick.
Alex Carder, Western Michigan
6’2’’, 220 Pounds, 4.89-Second 40
This Mid-America Conference quarterback compiled his best work during the 2010-2011 seasons at Western Michigan.
Carder totaled 7,207 yards and 61 touchdowns in those two years. He reached his apex in 2011 after leading the MAC with 338 pass completions, 3,873 yards passing and 31 TDs.
He unfortunately suffered an injury to his throwing hand in the fourth game of 2012 and didn’t return until November for the final two contests. Overall, Carder threw for 1,652 yards and 13 TDs to 10 interceptions, completing 58.5 percent of his passes in six total games.
Steve Muench of Scouts, Inc. testified to Carder’s athleticism and mobility in Monday’s practice that helped produce 10 rushing TDs during his NCAA career. Muench also commended his patience while waiting for downfield routes to develop.
Optimum Scouting’s Eric Galko viewed Carder as exhibiting impressive touch on outside throws, calling him the “best of the bunch” on Monday. He gave him similar marks later in the week despite Carder’s inconsistencies.
Like Louisiana Tech’s QB before him, Carder possesses a limited skill set. But, like Cameron, he also could develop into a backup down the line.
The 49ers may want to give Carder a look if he produces on Saturday—the very least as a possible free-agent pickup following the draft.