PROS: Shows good leadership potential. Shows nice zip on the short throws. Has good mobility and is able to move around the pocket to buy himself more time. He can extend the play and throws effectively on the run.
CONS: Lacks size and doesn't have the arm strength to make all of the throws. Underthrows a lot of passes and can't get the ball downfield. Not comfortable throwing from the pocket and too quick to tuck and run. Doesn't keep his eyes downfield when he's scrambling. Has erratic footwork and doesn't set his feet. Accuracy dips because of poor footwork. Holds onto the ball too long and will stare down his receivers. Will force passes into coverage.
OVERVIEW: A guy that root for, but doesn't have the physical tools to compete in the NFL. Former Duke point guard that used extra year of eligibility to play quarterback for hometown Syracuse. Won starting job quickly in the spring, started 12 games this year. Completed 67.7% of his passes and had 13 TDs and 14 INTs.
NFL FORECAST: Paulus is not going to cut it in the pros because of the lack of arm strength. His only chance of playing pro football will be to play in Canada, where his style of play fits well in the wide open spread offenses that permeate that league. You like his leadership ability, and you could imagine that had he played a full career of football in college, he might have developed to a degree where maybe he was worth a camp invite or even late round pick, but that is not the case now. He trusted Mike Williams too much, and made some questionable decisions because he forced passes too him a lot. If he can get a few years north of the border, improves his arm strength where he could consistently be able to make the 25-yard throw, then he has a chance of coming back and playing in the NFL.
ATL FORECAST: Paulus would be a nice story to have in camp, but stands no chance to make the roster. He just can't compete with his lack of experience and poor arm strength. But other than the buzz he gets from sportswriters talking about his interesting path to the NFL, he doesn't bring much else to the table.
VALUE: Paulus isn't worth a look in an NFL camp. Invite to your mini-camp after the draft maybe, but more than likely let him sign with a Canadian team.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
ARM STRENGTH: 1.0
DECISION MAKING: 2.5
POCKET AWARENESS: 1.5
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