Penn State Football: How QB Matt McGloin's Season Will Land Him in the NFL Draft

Barry Leonard@@barryleonardjrAnalyst IIIOctober 16, 2012

Sep 29, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matthew McGloin (11) prepares to throw the ball during game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

After a disappointing 2011, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was not on any team's radar for the NFL draft. That has all changed for McGloin in 2012. The senior quarterback has proven that he can be successful in an NFL-style offense.

Things were bad for McGloin in 2011. He found himself splitting snaps with fellow quarterback Rob Bolden and constantly missed seemingly easy throws.

McGloin finished the year with 1,571 passing yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. His completion percentage was a mediocre 54.1 percent.

Fast forward to 2012 and McGloin is a completely different player. Thanks in large part to new head coach Bill O'Brien's offensive philosophy, the Lions' signal-caller is in the middle of a stellar season.

Through six games, McGloin has thrown for 1,499 yards and 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He's raised his completion percentage to 61.5 percent and has led the Nittany Lions to a 4-2 record so far this year.

McGloin is second in the Big Ten in passing yards, fourth in QB rating and tied for first in touchdowns.

While he won't be mentioned with the Matt Barkleys or Geno Smiths of the college football world, he is definitely having the type of season that will set himself up for a shot to make a pro team.

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The Nittany Lions are running an offense that is modeled after the New England Patriots. McGloin is no Tom Brady, but he's making the same types of throws that Brady is expected to: checking down and making high percentage tosses to his receivers and tight ends.

McGloin has also shown the ability to go deep to wideout Allen Robinson when needed.

Of course there are still six games remaining in 2012, plenty of time for McGloin to regress. However, based on what he's shown over the first half of the season, that seems unlikely. The Penn State offense has been on a roll and McGloin as been one of the biggest reasons why.

The biggest knock on McGloin is his pocket presence. He holds onto the ball too long at times and can be indecisive while going through his progressions. These are all things that NFL coaches can help with if he makes it to that level.

McGloin won't be drafted as an NFL starter, nor should he be. However, he is worth a shot in the later rounds and has the potential to develop into a serviceable quarterback in the pros over the next few years.


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