6-2/216 Michigan State
Pros: Has a nice strong arm that shows nice placement and touch on his deeper throws. Is mobile and can extend the play. Throws well on the run and can pick up yardage with his legs if need be. Works best in shotgun. Shows nice leadership.
Cons: Lacks consistency. Needs to improve his footwork and mechanics. Doesn't always set his feet. Will force throws and doesn't always see the ﬁeld. Needs to develop better pocket presence as a drop back quarterback and struggles at times when he's pressured.
Overview: He's a nice developmental quarterback prospect. Had a down season as a senior partially because of the emergence of Javon Ringer. 16-11 as the starting quarterback, 56% completions, and 35:23 ratio.
NFL Forecast: Hoyer will have to sit for some years to develop. But if he can carry the clipboard for three or so years and learn a scheme, he could potentially be a decent starter. If you protect him and surround him with talent and weapons, he has the potential to be able to use it well. But more than likely, he'll be a career backup that will be a solid No. 2 down the road. The type of guy that can keep a team aﬂoat if there is an injury to the starter in a playoff chase, but not the ideal candidate to lead them to the promised land. He's a bit of a project, that could pay dividends as a backup down the road.
ATL Forecast: Hoyer could push for the No. 3 job right away and possibly win it. At the least he can stick on the practice squad. Then in a few years he could be able to challenge for the No. 2 job, if he becomes more consistent. He could be a nice backup to Matt Ryan. Not the best option the Falcons could have but a competent player in the mold of an A.J. Feeley. But he'll need to work on his mechanics and pocket presence.
Value: Hoyer is a nice developmental backup with moderate potential to start. He's worth a late round pick for a team that is able to hide him on the depth chart as a No. 3 guy.
Scouting Reports of quarterbacks in the 2009 NFL draft.
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