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 Post subject: Zach Frazer, QB, Connecticut
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:04 pm 
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ZACH FRAZER
6-4/231
Connecticut Senior
40: 4.70

PROS:

Shows some arm strength with a quick release that gets good zip on most of his throws. Shows the arm strength to throw somewhat down the field. Comfortable going to his second read and making the checkdown. Will utilize the pump fake to set up defenders. Shows recognition against the blitz. Does a nice job moving and sliding around the pocket to buy himself time. Shows toughness as a runner and can pick up the yards when the pass breaks down.

CONS:

Has quirky release and mechanics. Has a baseball pitcher's release, and sidearms a lot of throws. Leads to inaccurate balls that can be high and sail. Also puts too much mustard on short, quick passes and will short-arm some of his deeper throws. Doesn't always set his feet when he throws, and fades away too often. Locks his plant foot upon his set up, leading to erratic footwork. Doesn't always show great anticipation and will stare down his receivers. Too often goes to initial read and will force throws into traffic, particularly when pressured. Decision making dips when under pressure. Tends to press a bit in crunch-time situations and his decision making, accuracy, and mechanics get sloppier. Doesn't have great arm strength or touch on his deep throws. Not super athletic and doesn't look great throwing on the move.

OVERVIEW:

Injuries plagued Frazer during his first two years at UConn, and then he was benched during his senior year. Had he been consistently able to stay atop the depth chart, he might be a better NFL prospect at this point. You like the fact that he showed toughness and resiliency despite a rocky career at UConn. He transferred from Notre Dame after his redshirt freshman year, being the odd-man out in a battle that Jimmy Clausen eventually won. His first year at UConn, he was an injury replacement early in the year for Jared Lorenzen, going 0-2 in his two starts before a concussion sidelined him for most of the remainder of the year. Cody Endres filled in for him. He finished, completing 46 of 83 passes (55.4%) for 536 yards, 2 TDs, and 6 INTs. The following year, he began the season as the starter, but injured his knee in the second game. But he came back to start the final five games, finishing the year with a 5-2 record as a starter and completing 116 of 218 passes (53.2%) for 1461 yards, 10 TDs, and 9 INTs. Started this past year, but was benched in the 4th game, but came back a few weeks later due to Endres being kicked off the team and the other QB (Michael Box) getting hurt. Started the last 6 games, pulling a 5-1 record (7-3 overall) and helping lead UConn to BCS bowl game. Finished year, completing 52.1% of his 261 passes for 1425 yards, 5 TDs, and 6 INTs.

NFL FORECAST:

Frazer is an NFL long shot, but you saw glimpses of his skills. He's a guy that is best served playing in the CFL or AFL for a couple of years, and then trying his hand to land a backup job in the pros. He showed growth and improvement over the course of his career, particularly his senior year. And that shows you the moxy and toughness that he does have. But his footwork and mechanics aren't good, and he doesn't have the decision making, anticipation, or athleticism to make up for it. At this point, I don't think you can revamp his mechanics, but if they can be tweaked somewhat it should help him. At best, he's a clipboard holder at the pro level that has no reasonable upside in the near future that merits an NFL team developing him. Instead, if he can go to another league and develop as a starter for a few years, show some growth, improved accuracy, touch, and consistency, then he has a chance to come back to the pros and fill a reserve role. The best you can hope for is that down the road, a West Coast offense will give him a look and he develops into a Kelly Holcomb-esque backup. But he's a long shot, and I'm not sure he even projects well to be a starter in the CFL.

ATL FORECAST:

Frazer is just a body in camp, that doesn't have the sort of upside that probably would merit him making it past OTAs in a normal off-season. He just doesn't have the upside or ability yet to merit a practice squad spot even in the pros, and needs to develop at a lower level before even getting that opportunity.

VALUE:

Frazer would be a good candidate to get invited to a mini-camp in a normal off-season, and if he showed well there could merit an invite to camp. But I wouldn't recommend another team signing him as an undrafted free agent because he's just a marginal NFL prospect at this point.

SKILLS
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Arm Strength: 2.5
Accuracy: 2.5
Mobility: 2.5
Decision Making: 2.5
Mechanics: 2.0
Pocket Awareness: 3.0
Intangibles: 3.0

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