QB – #15 Southeastern Louisiana
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Tuerlings Catholic (New Orleans, LA)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8485)
Phil Steele: N/A
Cole Kelley scouting report
Strong arm. Has the ability to make strong throws when asked. Has good velocity on the ball. Throws a good, catchable ball. Does need to learn timing and touch a little bit better. Needs time to go through his release. When rushed, looses all of his accuracy. Very low release point despite his size. Strange motion looks almost like he’s short-arming the ball. Flashes good deep accuracy.
Throws well off of timing concepts. Flashes the ability to throw very well off platform. Placement is typically good. Not consistent enough when he needs to be. Keeps his head well under pressure. Works well in the pocket. Has a good feel for the pressure. Resets his feet well from the pocket. Very heavy feet. Not very mobile, doesn’t have much maneuverability. Too quick to pull down and run. Has some decent improv ability to extend the play.
Takes snaps from under center as well as in the shotgun. Good at manipulating the defense with his eyes and opening lanes. Seems to be a 1-2 read QB. Holds the play action well. Quick to berate his teammates after a mistake is made. Doesn’t seem to mesh well with teammates.
What we want to see from Cole Kelley in Las Vegas
- Cole Kelley’s release motion is a little bit of concern. His release point is so low that his height ends up having very little advantage. It’s prolonged and even with his height he isn’t invincible from contact. We’d like to see Kelley trying to speed that up a little bit more.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
Cole Kelley went to the Hula Bowl and performed the week in Orlando, Florida, earning the start in the game that weekend. Now, going into the NFLPA Bowl, he needs to continue that trend that he’s set for himself. He’s more of a traditional drop back quarterback who’d prefer to work from the pocket, but as of now he’s so inconsistent throwing down the field.
We don’t see Kelley getting drafted in this class. He’s so far from ever really getting the opportunity to be a top-50 quarterback in the NFL that we’re not sure he will get picked up as an undrafted free agent. He may have to settle for a lower-level league.