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Keith Wenning NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More
Chris O'Meara

Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (HT: 6’2⅝”, WT: 218 lbs)

Baltimore Ravens

Sixth Round: 194th Pick

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
6025 218 31 1/4" 10"

NFL.com

Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
5.00 1.68 28" 8'4" 7.07 4.25

NFL.com

Positives

  • 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.

 

Negatives

  • 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.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Comp Att Pct Yards TD INT
2010 Ball State 128 235 54.5 1373 14 14
2011 Ball State 287 449 63.9 2786 19 11
2012 Ball State 301 460 65.4 3095 24 10
2013 Ball State 319 498 64.8 4148 35 7

ESPN.com

Personal Notes

  • 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.

 

Ratings Chart

nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

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.

 

Draft Projection

Sixth- or seventh-round pick.

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