With the expected frenzy of UFA’s being signed, the Miami Dolphins’ most intriguing one by far is QB Pat Devlin, University of Delaware. He possesses the prototypical size (6’3”, 225 lbs.) of a starting NFL QB, intelligence, poise, and arm strength to be a quality NFL starting QB.
So why wasn’t he drafted? Great question; I'm glad you asked. Unfortunately, there is no good answer or reason. Widely respected football scout and analyst Mike Mayock had this young man set to be drafted between the 3rd - 5th rounds of last April's draft. The Indianapolis Colts had expressed a lot of interest in Devlin as well, yet mysteriously he fell through the cracks.
So what's all the hoopla about this kid then? Again, I'm so glad you asked. Let's look at what intrigues Miami so. As a senior last fall, he led the nation in completion percentage (68.0), while throwing for 3,032 yards, 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions for a Delaware team that went 12-3, and eventually lost 20-19 to Eastern Washington in the FCS National Championship game. All told, Devlin won 18 games at Delaware, throwing for 38 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. Scouts like his NFL-ready size and build, his classic over-the-top delivery and quick release, as well as his ability to see the entire field and challenge the defense with throws to every part of it. Though he played in mostly a spread offense at Delaware, his experience under center recently convinced NFL teams and scouts that he can handle running a pro-style offense.
Welcome aboard Mr. Devlin. We expect great things from you in the future.