Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (HT: 6’2⅝”, WT: 218 lbs)
Sixth Round: 194th Pick
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- Can throw with touch and anticipation, is capable of dropping the ball over his receiver’s shoulder.
- Possesses good size for an NFL quarterback at nearly 6’3”, 220 pounds with large, 10-inch hands.
- Exhibits leadership ability, was a two-time team captain.
- Decent accuracy, generally displays good ball placement on intermediate crossing routes and dig routes.
- At his best attacking the short-to-intermediate level of the field.
- Adequate arm strength, shows enough zip on throws to the middle of the field and squeezes the ball into some tight windows.
- Flashes the ability to throw a solid deep ball with a range of almost 60 yards. Can throw the deep out with precision.
- Very experienced, started a total of 46 games at Ball State.
- Productive college career, set school records in almost every relevant passing statistic.
- Does a fairly nice job of managing the game and protecting the ball.
- Will throw the ball away occasionally rather than take a bad sack.
- Intelligent, operated a fast-tempo offense and is a good student off the field.
- Had minor knee surgery in 2013, but missed just one game late in the season due to a bone chip in his ankle. Durability is not a big concern.
- According to WalterFootball.com, he had a good showing at the East-West Shrine Game.
- Lower-half mechanics require some work. Inconsistent weight transfer, relying solely on his arm at times.
- Questionable pocket awareness, does not feel the edge rush well.
- Footwork is a bit sloppy and shows room for improvement.
- Is not particularly light on his feet or much of a scrambling threat.
- Has a somewhat long delivery.
- Not overly elusive in the pocket, can struggle to avoid pass-rushers.
- Average athlete, was toward the lower end of the quarterback group in most athletic testing at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- Worked almost exclusively in shotgun in college.
- Mechanical inconsistencies occasionally lead to timing issues with his receivers, under-throwing them.
- Pocket presence is a concern, is not quick enough climb the pocket at times and tends to struggle when he is forced to change his throwing platform.
- Does not spin the cleanest ball. It often wobbles out of his hand.
- Puts a lot of air under his deep ball, which could be something that hurts him more at the next level.
- Inflated production due to relatively low level of competition, was not tested by college football’s best defenses.
- Second-team All-Mid-American Conference 2013.
- Second-team All-MAC 2012.
- Team captain as both a junior and senior.
- All-Academic honorable mention 2011.
- Ball State’s Most Valuable Freshman 2010.
A sleeper in this year's quarterback class, Keith Wenning earned NFL consideration as a productive four-year starter in the Mid-American Conference. Equipped with adequate size, arm strength and accuracy, he possesses the tools to develop into a solid backup at the next level.
His footwork and throwing mechanics require attention, but he appears to have the requisite physical and mental capacity. He projects as a late-round draft pick and will learn from sitting behind a veteran early in his career.
Sixth- or seventh-round pick.
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