Keith Wenning NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan Lownes@@ryanlownesFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning throws a pass against Central Florida during the first quarter of the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in St Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Chris O'Meara

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

Baltimore Ravens

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, 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.
Collegiate Statistics
2010Ball State12823554.513731414
2011Ball State28744963.927861911
2012Ball State30146065.430952410
2013Ball State31949864.84148357

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


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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