Similar to last year, the AFC North blog will take an in-depth look at recent draft picks to get our community more familiar with the 2011 rookie class.
We begin Thursday by taking a look at former TCU quarterback Andy Dalton, who was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round to replace longtime starter Carson Palmer. Here is Dalton's full scouting report from the well-respected annual draft guide of The Sporting News.
Strengths: Is a good athlete who makes big plays with his feet and arm. When he feels the pass rush he has the foot quickness and athleticism to avoid the sack, buying a second chance and getting out of the pocket. Has a strong enough arm to make all the NFL throws. Flashes the ability to make throws 20-plus yards downfield with good zip and accuracy. Displays good foot quickness while dropping back to pass and can plant and drive off his back foot to get rid of the ball quickly on short "out" routes. Is a smart young man who can learn NFL offenses and passing schemes.
Weaknesses: Despite his quick release, his slight pull-back when he starts his delivery is a problem, because it leads to defenders closing quickly on downfield passes. When he does not stride into throws his accuracy suffers and at times he puts too much zip on passes and it leads to them falling behind the receiver. Needs to adjust to dropping back from center, going through progressions and making quick and accurate throws.
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