Boom or Bust: The Patriots Should Draft Trace McSorley

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Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was a topic of conversation at the NFL Combine.  
At the Combine, McSorley ran two legit times in the 40-yard dash - a 4.58 and 4.60 respectively.  His time was the best of all quarterbacks at the Combine event.  With those times he showed his athleticism, which many wondered if McSorley could play a position other than quarterback?

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It was reported that NFL teams asked McSorley to work out at safety.  He declined, and made it public at the Combine telling all involved “he is concentrating on being a quarterback”.

The Virginia native was recruited out of high school as a defensive back, but ended up playing quarterback for Penn State.  It leads you to wonder if McSorley, who played his entire collegiate career behind the center at Penn State, would switch to another position in the NFL?

In 2018 at Penn State McSorley threw for 2,530 yards and 18 touchdowns and had a completion percentage of 53.2%.  At 6’-0” tall and a 202 pounds, McSorley brings athleticism and a 40-yard dash run time, coupled with his past experience as a defensive back, that has teams asking McSorley to try a new position.

McSorley will leave Penn State as the school’s all-time leader in passing yards with 9,243, 74 touchdowns, ten 300-yard passing games, and 26 200-yard passing games.  For McSorley, his stats are impressive for a quarterback being asked to play another position to make it in the NFL.


Represent your team in 2018 NFL Drafted Player Jerseys from NFLShop.comNew Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, in an interview with Peter King, was intrigued in McSorley as a wide receiver.  Payton wondered if McSorley could become the next Julian Edelman?  That is some high praise for the 23-year-old Nittany Lion.

Edelman who was selected in the 7th round by the Patriots in the 2009 draft, was a quarterback at Kent State.  New England drafted Edelman, who was arguably the MAC’s best passer, and Coach Belichick raved about his athletic ability.  The Super Bowl MVP had a 4.62 40-yard dash time at the Combine where Belichick asked Edelman to try out at punt returner.

New England Patriots director of pro player personnel, Nick Caserio,  identified that Edelman was a talent.  When Edelman arrived in New England the team had Wes Welker and Randy Moss on the roster.  The team clearly viewed Edelman as a project and began to transition him to wide receiver.

The rest is now history as Edelman is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

McSorley may not be on the Patriots draft board in a few weeks, but he is an interesting pro prospect.  Many NFL players who played quarterback in college who transitioned to another position in the NFL have had successful careers.  Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Randall Cobb, and Terrell Pryor are all examples of players who’ve had success in the NFL outside the quarterback position.

Once drafted, if teams think McSorley isn’t a true NFL quarterback, then he should seriously think about playing a new position.  His former teammate Saquon Barkley commented on his Twitter page about McSorley saying “So disrespectful” regarding McSorley being asked to work out at another position.  McSorley has the ability to impact an NFL roster, and when an NFL coach thinks you compare to a Super Bowl MVP, that’s high praise and something he should seriously think about.

McSorley right now seems pretty adamant to remain a quarterback.  I think teams need to let McSorley work out as a quarterback.  McSorley is a winner, he’s done nothing but win in college and the Patriots should want to add a player of his athleticism and make-up.  He shows he can be a fierce competitor, which is exactly one of the intangibles Edelman brings to the table.  You cannot teach that type of intensity to an athlete, either you have it or you don’t.

McSorley could be a player New England could groom behind Brady.  He will not be a talent you’ll be able to stash on the Practice Squad like Danny Etling.  If the Patriots drafted McSorley, they would have to carry three quarterbacks on the roster.  McSorley is not the best quarterback in the draft, but he’s the type of player that Bill Belichick could draft.  Trace McSorley is a football player that is ready, willing and able.  McSorley is suited to convert to wide receiver or special teams.

He was an underdog heading into Penn State, an underdog at the combine, and will be an underdog in the NFL.


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