Things might actually be happening for my guy Trace.
Penn State’s all-time wins leader at the quarterback position was apparently involved in a private workout with the Houston Texans:
Texans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly worked out Penn State running back Miles Sanders and quarterback Trace McSorley, according to athletic department sources not authorized to speak publicly.Chron.com
McSorley has declined to perform defensive back or wide receiver drills for NFL scouts, concentrating on the quarterback position.
He met with the Texans at the combine along with the Giants and Eagles.
A former second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection, McSorley passed for 3,570 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior for the Nittany Lions. As a senior, McSorleys’ statistics dipped to 2,530 yards and 18 touchdowns. He did rush for 798 yards and a dozen touchdowns, finishing his career with 30 scores on the ground.
Now, ever since I wrote an article describing my thoughts on how McSorley has been widely disrespected during the NFL Draft process, it seems like my guy #9 has been slipping more and more out of the spotlight when it comes to draftable QB’s. Everyone is focusing on Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, and Will Grier going in the first round, and for good reason. I’ve never once said McSorley is going to be a first-rounder. My point has been that he routinely proves doubters wrong, and I have no reason to believe the NFL will be an exception.
However, McSorley now seems to be gaining a little traction. He’s already met with three teams, and has at least two private workouts (that we know of) under his belt. One was with the Houston Texans, which I think is a very good spot for him, considering it’d be with former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien has been known to be able to make something out of nothing, especially when it comes to iffy quarterback situations. If Deshaun Watson were to get hurt, which has happened before, I think Trace would be a very capable backup.
McSorley also had a VERY good Pro Day:
Tuesday’s Pro Day certainly didn’t hurt McSorley’s case to be a quarterback at the next level. He showed off his skills by throwing different types of throws — anything from shot slants to deep posts.
McSorley threw for 30 minutes and roughly 50 passes, only four of which that were not caught.Victory Bell Rings
McSorley has also been worked out by the New York Giants:
The Giants put Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley through a workout Friday at the team’s local pro day, an individual with knowledge of the visit to Quest Diagnostics Training Center confirmed to NJ Advance Media.
McSorley has built up some pre-draft momentum following impressive performances in front of scouts, coaches and talent evaluators from across the league during February’s NFL Scouting Combine and Penn State’s pro day showcase on campus last month.
A developmental quarterback prospect, McSorley’s intangibles and leadership give him a legitimate chance to make and stick on an NFL roster this spring.
Eli needing a viable backup in New York isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Plus, could you imagine a Saquon-Trace reunion?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it only takes ONE team to like McSorley enough to use a draft pick on him. I’m guessing it won’t be until the fifth round or later, but I still think it’s going to happen. A quick, athletic, smart, gritty quarterback will always find a place in the NFL (even as a backup), especially when there are still guys like Mike Glennon finding roster spots.
Fan Duel even has him projected as a fourth or fifth rounder:
I realize this might be the hill I die on, but I’m telling you: Trace McSorley can and will be an NFL quarterback. No, he’s not Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins. But all it takes is one team, and it looks like he’s starting to get a little more attention.
Oh, yeah, before I wrap up, support the cause:
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.– Mark Twain