We’ll have a print story on former Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick’s NFL aspirations in Sunday’s newspaper.
Here is a video look at his chances, including comments from ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr., coach Bryan Harsin and former offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. The video also includes some highlights from Hedrick’s senior season.
Not included in the video is the take of an NFL scout who spoke to the Idaho Statesman on condition of anonymity. He expects Hedrick to sign as a free agent but face long odds to stick.
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“Good college quarterback,” the scout said. “Soft touch, very accurate. He did a great job running their offense. He’s much faster than you think he is. What’s going to kill him in the NFL’s eyes is he’s below average size. He’s 190 pounds and 6-foot tall.”
Below, you can watch my entire interview with Hedrick. He discusses his preparations for pro day – including a mentor relationship with former Boise State QB Kellen Moore – and why he chose to pursue pro football.
Boise State’s pro day is Wednesday. The NFL Draft is April 30-May 2.
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MEL KIPER JR.’S TOP 10 QUARTERBACKS
1. Jameis Winston, Florida State: He led the Seminoles to a national title and a semifinal appearance in two years as their starter. His stats weren’t great last season – 27th in pass efficiency (145.5) with 25 TDs and 18 interceptions.
2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon: The Heisman Trophy winner led the nation in efficiency (181.7) with 42 TDs and four interceptions. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes and is a running threat, too.
3. Bryce Petty, Baylor: The Bears’ quarterback was better in 2013 than 2014, but he carried his team into the national championship race. He finished eighth in efficiency (157.8).
4. Garrett Grayson, Colorado State: Grayson has the size and arm strength NFL teams seek and he played in a more pro-style attack than most college QBs. He finished fifth in efficiency (166.2) and was the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year.
5. Brett Hundley, UCLA: Dual threat didn’t live up to his hype in 2014 but he only threw five interceptions while completing 69.1 percent of his passes.
6. Sean Mannion, Oregon State: The Beavers’ QB wasn’t the same without star receiver Brandin Cooks. He only threw 15 touchdown passes last season.
7. Bryan Bennett, Southeastern Louisiana: The Oregon transfer ranked 40th in efficiency at the FCS level with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
8. Brandon Bridge, South Alabama: The Canadian is a raw prospect with NFL measurables but little experience. He finished 89th in pass efficiency (115.8) and averaged 175 yards per game.
9. Shane Carden, East Carolina: Carden engineered a prolific Pirates passing attack but wasn’t particularly efficient. He threw 617 passes and 30 touchdowns – or one every 20.6 attempts.
10. Grant Hedrick, Boise State: Hedrick led the nation in completion percentage (70.8) and finished ninth in efficiency (157.2). He was a part of 33 touchdowns – 23 passing, eight rushing, two receiving.
GRANT HEDRICK SPRING CLINIC
Hedrick will hold a football clinic March 23-24 at Meridian High. The clinic for ages 8-18 runs from 3 to 7 p.m. each day. Participants will rotate between work at quarterback, wide receiver, running back, defensive back and linebacker. Other former players, including wide receiver Matt Miller, are scheduled to serve as instructors. The two-day clinic costs $95. Registration is available through evolutionboise.com.