Scouting Report: Oregon's Darron Thomas
6-foot-3, 212lbs., 4.50 40-YD
Gifted athlete. Has a quick release and throws a tight, catchable spiral. Underrated arm strength. Good accuracy on short and intermediate throws. Always a threat to run and shows elusiveness and speed in space. Can make big plays in big games. Responds to pressure well. Has ability to deliver the ball on the move. Difficult to sack. Very competitive player.
Needs to be more consistent with his deep ball accuracy. Needs to be more patient as he tends to bail out of pocket too quickly at times. Throws better on the move than he does in the pocket. He will force some balls into tight coverage more often than he should.
This gifted QB is the leader of the vaunted Oregon offensive attack which can strike in a hurry against any defense in the land. He is a dual threat performer as he rushed for over 500 yards and passed for over 2800 yards in 2010 while throwing an impressive 30 TDs with only 9 INTs. He is difficult to contain running the Ducks' zone read option attack as he is very adept at making the correct decisions with the football while keeping opponents guessing at the line of scrimmage. He displays very good arm strength with outstanding accuracy on short and intermediate throws. His ability to improvise outside of the pocket is his strength and he makes several big plays when things break down. He shows poise and wants the ball with the game on the line. Expect another outstanding year for the junior signal caller.
Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).