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Zac Dysert to Broncos: How Does QB Fit with Denver?

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: John Simon #54 of the Ohio State Buckeyes applies pressure to Zac Dysert #4 of the Miami Redhawks during the first quarter on September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Cecil LammeyContributor IOctober 8, 2016

With the 234th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos added an intriguing developmental quarterback, Zac Dysert from Miami (OH).

I believe that good teams draft and develop quarterbacks as often as possible. There aren't 32 starting-quality quarterbacks in the NFL, so teams are always scrambling to find value wherever they can.

Dysert has four years of starting experience, and he showed improvement as a passer in each season. He went through several coaching staff changes while in college yet still became a record-setting quarterback at the school. He tied or broke many of the records put in place by Ben Roethlisberger years ago.

He is known as a tough leader with the moxie to rally his players when the chips are down. Dysert will play through mistakes, and he shows strong mental toughness.

He has a short memory, and after an interception is thrown, he'll still challenge the edges of a defense in order to make a big play. After he's sacked, Dysert doesn't go into a shell. Instead, he keeps firing downfield with an even bigger chip on his shoulder.

Dysert is an accurate quarterback on short and underneath routes. He does a good job of leading his receivers and hitting them in stride so they can maximize yards after the catch. Dysert is athletic enough to keep plays alive and is smart enough to keep his eyes downfield. He will scramble but exhausts all options before taking off to run.

I watched Dysert from the sidelines of practice at the Senior Bowl earlier this year. He had an up-and-down week, showing the inconsistencies he needs to clean up.

Dysert has an ugly release, and passes tend to flutter out of his hand. The Broncos will need to work on his velocity to correct that problem. He also needs consistent mechanics—his footwork and release point get sloppy too often.

They also need to help him out with decision making. Dysert attempts some throws that make no sense. It's a field vision and processing problem. Dysert needs to understand where defenses are coming from more quickly and then adjust mentally.

Matt Russell, the director of player personnel for the Broncos, was a key influence on former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli when Matt Cassel was selected in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. The Broncos are now hoping Dysert can develop the way Cassel did. Perhaps someday they can flip him for an early-round draft pick.

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