Erik Ainge Scouting Report

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Erik Ainge Scouting Report

Position: QB
Conference: SEC
School: Tennessee Volunteers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #10
Height & Weight: 6'6 - 220 lbs.
Drafted 5.27 in 2008 by NYJ

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee

Ainge showed he could bounce back from adversity when he overcame a terrible sophomore campaign to complete a school-record 67 percent of his passes in 2006, which helped him total 2,989 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. Ainge continued his strong performance in 2007 as he battled through an injury to his pinky finger on his throwing hand to pass for 3,522 yards and 31 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions. His numbers are more impressive when you consider the Volunteers' receiving corps was very average. Ainge benefits from having great height, which helps him see the entire field over the line of scrimmage. He has a big arm and the fact he was only sacked three times last season illustrates his ability to avoid the pass rush. He is very accurate and can make all the throws, with good timing. He's good at reading defenses and he's proven himself against quality defenses. Scouts love his competitive nature. The biggest knock on Ainge is his inconsistency. He tends to get sloppy with his mechanics and fundamentals. He doesn't throw well when forced to move out of the pocket. He isn't a threat to run with the ball. He needs to add more weight to withstand hits he will take in the NFL. He has a lot of upside, but many questions remain. He could be a starter in the NFL, but his development will depend largely on whether he can find more consistency. The draft will be deep at quarterback, but with strong workouts he figures to be a first-day selection -- and may ultimately prove to be a steal.

Last Updated Jan-20-2008 by Thomas Scott

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