Shows fairly good decision making and field vision. Can go through his progressions and go to his second read. Shows some poise under pressure and gets the ball out quickly to avoid the hit. Shows good arm strength when he can step into throws and gets good zip on his short throws to fit tight windows. Shows ability to anticipate and recognize blitz. Shows accuracy and some anticipation on his throws over the middle.
Stares down his receivers at times and will miss on some easy throws. Needs to improve his footwork and mechanics. Doesn't set his feet and will often throw off his back foot. Doesn't always open his hips when throwing to the sideline. Doesn't challenge downfield, settling for short, quick throws. Lacks touch on his deep throws, putting too much air under them. Has a bit of an elongated release, that dips the ball down towards his hip and has an over-the-top release point. Holds onto the ball too long and it will come out with a bit of a wobble. Works mainly out of the shotgun and doesn't look comfortable when he's asked to move within and outside the pocket.
Chappell slimmed down around 15 pounds from his listed weight, as his weight ballooned after off-season foot surgery last year (up to 250 pounds). He tends to get the ball out quick despite not having the quick release, and despite footwork and mechanics that can be sloppy, it doesn't have a hugely negative impact. But it should be tweaked and refined at the next level with coaching. A two-year starter that went 9-17 in that span, combining to complete 62.6% of his 911 attempts for 6236 yards, 41 TDs, and 24 INTs. Definitely showed improvement as a senior with a 24:9 TD-INT ratio vs. 17:15 as junior. Started 3 games as an injury replacement as a sophomore, going for a 1-2 record, completing 52.3% of 153 passes for 1001 yards, 4 TDs, and 3 INTs.
Chappell has a chance to compete at the next level and if he can develop, make a suitable No. 2 quarterback in the NFL down the road. He doesn't have the upside to be a starter. But he's a fairly smart player that has nice accuracy, decision making, and with some tweaking should be capable of making all of the throws. Getting into better shape should help his mobility, although he'll never be great there. He'll take time to develop, as he'll definitely need polish wit his footwork and mechanics and adjusting to a dropback passer in a pro-style offense. But he has enough tools that he could surprise and make a decent NFL career for himself. I think he comes in and lands a No. 3 role or practice squad spot, sits the bench for a few years and then can potentially make a role for himself like Shaun Hill. He's not going to be as good as Hill became, but four years from now, I could imagine an NFL team being relatively comfortable with him as the No. 2 guy. And if he can get comfortable in a system, he might be able to extend his career to beyond his rookie deal. And if not in the pros, then I expect him to go to the CFL and have success as a starter.
Chappell is more of a camp body for the Falcons since he doesn't have the upside over a player like Wilson who has a better arm, range, and more athletic. But he is good enough that with a good camp, he could make the practice squad with the intention of developing him further as the No. 3 and a guy that can potentially push Wilson for the No. 2 job two or three years down the road.
Chappell probably shouldn't be drafted because of his lack of upside as a starter. Maybe a team that has an opening at the No. 3 position might snatch him up at the end of the seventh round, but he's more in line with undrafted talent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Arm Strength: 3.0
Decision Making: 3.0
Pocket Awareness: 2.5
Scouting reports of the quarterbacks in the 2011 Draft.
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