WT: 215 lbs
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: Sonora (La Mirada, CA)
Accolades: 2018 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention.
3 Cone: 7.13
20 Shtl: 4.52
Scouting report: QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii
Arm Talent: The arm talent is evident with Cole McDonald, although his release is elongated and very unorthodox. He has a top-five arm talent in the class. Throws a very catchable ball, especially deep. He throws with a very balanced mixture of velocity and touch. He can make window throws and has the arm strength to do it. That release is going to get him into so much trouble in the NFL. 16/20.
Accuracy/Placement: McDonald is generally a very accurate passer. His accuracy and placement are a little spotty beyond twenty yards down the field, but underneath he’s pretty consistent. He has a tendency to try to force things and when he does, he almost always throws the ball a little high. 16/25.
Pocket Presence/Footwork: Very inconsistent and lazy footwork. This is the least attractive part of McDonald’s game. He doesn’t often throw from the proper plant but shows that his control with the throw is incredible because of his accuracy. He doesn’t do well to escape from pressure and normally moves straight into sacks while trying to extend the play. 6/20.
Mobility/Play Creation: McDonald is a very mobile quarterback. Ran for over 100 yards in multiple games through his career. His play creation isn’t great as he tries to force things if he is able to escape from the pocket. 13/20.
Football IQ/Field Vision: I have to question his ability to perform pre-snap reads, reliably go through progressions and properly read the field. McDonald has a bad habit of staring down his receivers. He doesn’t appear to make any changes at the line of scrimmage, and that usually shows he has a lot to learn in that regard. 6/15.
Leadership/Personality: McDonald handled himself very well at the NFL Combine and impressed media and teams alike. He’s a strong kid, a good leader, and has a clean slate off of the field. The NFL should like him fine. 5/5.
Overall: Cole McDonald ran an air raid offense in college that mostly threw the ball. Cole McDonald is a very raw prospect dripping with potential, but he has a couple of mechanical issues that are going to be very hard for an NFL team to fix. His release and pocket awareness are both going to be problems for him at the next level. I wish he had stayed another year in school to address some of these issues and show that he puts in the work to fix his footwork. He’s a day three guy for me because of the raw arm talent, but a project at best.
Injury Rating: (0)
Ceiling Rating: (4)
Overall Grade: 66