Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State

6007, 225, 4.97

Notes: From Brandon, MS. Attended Northwest Mississippi CC as a freshman in 2015, leading his team to a NJCAA National Championship; completed 223-of-367 (60.8%) passes for 3,288 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 3 additional scores. Attended East Carolina as a sophomore in 2016, appearing in 7 games, 2 as a starter, completing 119-of-202 (58.9%) for 8 TDs and 4 INT. Went 174-of-304 (57.2%) for 2,140 yards, 16 TD and 7 INT in 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from ECU in December 2017. Transferred to Washington State in summer 2018 and was immediately eligible due to NCAA graduate transfer rules. Started every game for the Cougars, completing 433-of-613 (70.6%) for 4,477 yards, 36 TD, 9 INT and rushed 52-103-3 in 2018.

Positives: Highly productive passer who spreads the ball around nicely and knows how to run the offense. Excellent mental processing skills. Locates open receivers. Effective nickel-and-dime passer who keeps the chains moving. Displays outstanding touch at times and can drop throws over defenders well. Generally shows a good mental time clock and gets rid of the ball. Decent athlete. Smart, poised leader.

Negatives: Is not a pinpoint accurate passer and will be off target on easy throws at times. Average size and arm strength. Does not drive the ball with velocity and is not consistent downfield. Is not particularly quick-footed or elusive to avoid the rush.

Summary: Limited arm talent but brings a lot of intangibles to the table and could stick as a career backup.

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