Cole Kelley

Cole Kelley

Measurements
  • Height
    6073
  • Hand
    9 7/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    249lbs
  • Arm
    33 3/4
  • Speed
QB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6033
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    31.5
  • Weight
    224lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.88
Peter Engler - Scout
Cole Kelley
  • Overall Rank
    220
  • Position Rank
    14
  • Position
    QB
  • Age
    24.7 Years
  • Team
    SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

Stats

Year Games (Wins) Pass Atts Comp% Pass Yards ADOT TDs:INTs Passer Rating Rush Yds
2017 9 (4) 152 57.2% 1038 8.9 8:4 84.8 112
2018 9 (2) 67 52.2% 455 15.5 5:5 67.7 61
2019 13 (8) 93 74.2% 816 Not Avail. 10:2 127.4 200
2020 7 (4) 305 68.8% 2661 8.1 18:4 110.0 182
2021 13 (9) 556 73.4% 5156 8.9 43:10 120.2 625

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Rare height with elite size. Thick arms of elite length with above the line hand size. Wide, bulky frame that is fully filled. Long, skinnier legs with average butt. No reported injuries, but suspended in 2017 after arrest on suspicion of DWI & missing one game. Suffered extreme turf toe in 2017, missing no games.

  • Size
    9
  • Length
    9
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 8.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Willing to climb the pocket and initiate contact as a runner. Doesn't show noticeable effort issues. ... Poor feel in the pocket, constantly impacted by pressure and will vacate or run into trouble. Limited instincts, falling prey to defensive traps and doesn't show reactive athleticism.

  • Toughness
    6
  • Instincts
    4
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Big, bulky runner who can consistently fall forward when moving. Threatens on the goal line due to sheer size. ... Displays limited explosiveness with average speed. Poor body control and bend with limited COD, a one-speed runner. Doesn't break or evade tackles, including in the pocket.

  • Explosiveness
    4
  • Speed
    5
  • Body Control
    3
  • Flexibility/Bend
    3
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 4.0

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Cole Kelley makes several pre-snap calls and adjustments. Full-field reads and can get through three reads to checkdown. Above the line peripheral vision, can ID coverage and move to read quickly. Flashes the ability to find the open read and attack. Adequate accuracy on intermediate-to-short passes between the numbers and can place Screens. Above the line touch to drop passes over LBs consistently. Above the line arm strength, can hit 20-yard Outs and squeeze into tight windows. Can rumble for yards ... Skewed drop with rough footwork. Poor decision-making, too many "howlers" that fail to react to late defensive movement or attack non-existent windows. Improper pace through progression, getting stuck on early reads in Quick yet skipping some reads entirely in dropback, especially when anticipating pressure. Does not display any anticipation, waiting for receiver to uncover. Limited mechanically, with a stiff plant foot and struggling to transfer weight, causing passes to sail high. Average overall accuracy, with limited accuracy deep as mechanics worsen. Straight-line runner who doesn't show feel or quickness to navigate the pocket. Too slow to break the pocket consistently, lacking physical tools to create. Tries to play the hero when down.

  • Accuracy
    5
  • Release/Touch
    7
  • Throwing Mechanics
    4
  • Decision Making
    3
  • Create/Throw on Run
    4
  • Leadership/Clutch
    5
  • Mobility
    5
  • Arm Strength
    7
Grade 5.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Sixth-year who has started 26 of 51 career games for a 27-24 career record, including 13 of 13 in 2021 at 9-4. Three-star HS recruit who committed to Arkansas, redshirting in 2016 and starting four games his second year as an injury replacement. Got two more starts in 2018 but transferred after the season to SE Louisiana. Backed up every game in 2019, but took over as the starter in 2020 and broke out, winning the Walter Payton Award and being named an All-American, Southland OPOY, and Second Team All-Conference. Improved in 2021, winning Southland POY and First Team All-Conference. Under HC Frank Scelfo (fourth season) and OC/QBs Coach Greg Stevens (fourth season), Cole Kelley led a spread offense that asked him to make full-field reads while incorporating some RPOs and designed QB runs. Developmental QB you can win despite in a dropback offense that lets him stand and survey the field. Strong-armed, enormous passer who shows surprising touch and a pre-snap command of the offense. Too many bad decisions and shows a lack of mechanical consistency, causing inaccuracy. Debatably too big. Could develop in theory due to physical tools, but a long way to go.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Incarnate Word
  • Nov - 06 - 2021
  • Put up 600+ yards in shootout, contributing 3 TDs and 10.8 YPA
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT James Madison
  • Dec - 04 - 2021
  • Fell behind early & started pressing, including two abhorrent INTs and another tip-drill pick
Best Trait
Arm Strength
Pro Comparison
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