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Jeff Driskel | Quarterback

Team: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 234

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College Football Focus named Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel the 2015 National Transfer of the Year.
Driskel transferred to Louisiana Tech from Florida after the 2014 season and revitalized his career in the process. In his lone campaign with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-4, 234-pound gunslinger threw for 4,026 yards (62.4% completions) with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio. That strong work pushed him onto the draft radar and the 49ers subsequently selected him in the sixth round of April's draft. Tue, May 24, 2016 02:07:00 PM

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49ers selected Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel with the No. 207 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Driskel (6'4/234) spent one year at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Florida, completing 62.4% of his throws with an 8.92 YPA and 27:8 TD-to-INT ratio. A terrific athlete, he added 92-323-5 (3.5 YPC) rushing and ran 4.56 in Indy. Billed as the "next Tim Tebow" out of high school, Driskel failed at Florida due to injuries and part-time usage, before excelling in the Bulldogs' wide-open spread. While he possesses NFL arm strength and top-shelf movement skills, Driskel is a major work in progress in terms of downfield accuracy and pocket poise. He's a project with underrated upside.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 05:04:00 PM

An NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel declared that Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel is "more talented than [Connor] Cook."

"He's got all the tools in the world," the scout said. "You've just got to get over the fact he was a transfer from Florida. He's a little bit of a different kid but you want to talk about talent after the (top) three, he's the next guy." Driskel had the best forty time and broad jump of the entire quarterback class. "Any elite quarterback, he'll test as well as them," said another scout. "His confidence was shot at Florida. It did take a toll on him. He's still developing but there's a huge ceiling."
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 09:14:00 PM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel visited with the Texans this week.

Wilson wouldn't spill the beans as to what day Driskel made his visit, but it did occur. This was his second run-in with the Texans, as he also met with them during the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February. Additionally, Wilson reported that the 6-foot-4, 234-pounder had previously worked out for the Cardinals. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes he deserves a look as a Day 3 selection, though we have heard from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline that a mid-round, Day 2 selection is not out of the question.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 07:09:00 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel to Drew Stanton.

Zierlein likes Driskel's physical tools, but believes he's a ways off. "With his upside and traits, Driskel is worthy of a day three selection and could yield dividends with patience and coaching," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 234-pound Driskel was the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year in 2015 after throwing for 4,033 passing yards and a 28/7 TD/INT rate.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 03:48:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that "many felt [Louisiana Tech QB Jeff] Driskel could not have thrown the ball better" than he did during Tuesday's Pro Day.

Pauline deemed Driskel's performance "very successful," then went on to write that he "threw about 60 passes and all but two (one short, one just out of the reach of the pass catcher) were on the mark." Pauline also noted that the Bulldog gunslinger met with the Lions and Broncos on Tuesday and that the Cardinals are set to meet with him on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder's among the more interesting quarterback prospects set to fall in the creamy middle of the draft, with (according to Pauline in mid-February) multiple clubs assigning him a second-round grade. Driskel just missed out on making the cut in Chad Reuter's fourth four-round mock draft of 2016, though Reuter does include him as a player who would be worthy of being drafted before the fourth round's completed.
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 08:31:00 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock sees Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel as a mid-round selection in this spring's draft.

That might actually end up being a conservative guess on Driskel's NFL future, as in mid-February, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that "a number of franchises" have given the 6-foot-4, 237-pounder a second-round grade. It's possible he could leapfrog quarterbacking prospects like Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and Jacoby Brissett. Given that Driskel's career appeared to be in shambles after his final season at Florida in 2014, his ascension is nothing short of impressive. He totaled just 23 touchdown passes during his four years with the Gators, then came on as a grad transfer at Louisiana Tech to throw for 4,026 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio last season.
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 06:17:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that a "number of franchises" have given a Louisana Tech QB Jeff Driskel second-round grade.

The NFL will get a chance to scrutinize Driskel up close next week in Indianapolis at the combine. "After transferring from Florida, the strong-armed passer turned in a terrific campaign last season at Louisiana Tech then had his moments during Senior Bowl week," Pauline wrote. "Teams were impressed with the way Driskel picked up the offense and improved each day." How important is next week for Driskel? According to Pauline, the teams that have given him a Rd. 2 grade "believe a good Combine performance could put Driskel at the top of the second tier of quarterbacks ahead of Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg and Jacoby Brissett."
Mon, Feb 15, 2016 01:07:00 PM

Louisana Tech QB Jeff Driskel told Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney that his decision behind a transfer from Florida has been "the big question" when he's spoken to NFL teams.

Said Driskel, "That’s a thing that needs to be answered and the way I’ve been answering it is that I needed a change, I moved on and it was a great decision." The numbers, at least, bear him out. During the 2015 campaign, he threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio for the Bulldogs, outpacing anything he had done while wearing a Gators uniform. "I’m all about moving forward," Driskel said, "and that’s what I did this past year. I put myself in position to be [at the Senior Bowl] at this time."
Sat, Feb 6, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel completed 8-of-9 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Driskel's Hail Mary at the end of the game was almost identical to the one that Packers QB Aaron Rogers threw against the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL playoffs two weeks ago. In his case, the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Driskel rolled out to the left before firing downfield to Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge, who hauled in the 29-yard pass surrounded by a sea of defenders. Thus ended the Senior Bowl. During the practice week, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks called him a potential "developmental prospect" at the next level. Last season, he threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio--markedly improved numbers from those he posted in his four years with Florida, as Driskel's previous career-high for touchdown passes was just 12 (and he did that in 2012).
Sat, Jan 30, 2016 06:36:00 PM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks says Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel "could be an intriguing developmental prospect based on his size and arm talent."

The analyst likes what Driskel is doing down at the Senior Bowl. "He is a natural thrower capable of throwing with zip and velocity, yet he also flashes touch and anticipation," he wrote. "Although questions persist about his mental toughness after his disappointing tenure at Florida, Driskell has shown enough in Mobile to merit consideration as a developmental candidate." The 6-foot-4, 237-pound gunslinger threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio in 2015.
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 12:12:00 PM

An AFC executive expressed intrigue in Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel.

"I haven't studied (Jeff) Driskel yet, but he's interesting," the exec said. "Good size and the ball comes out nice." The 6-foot-4, 237-pound graduate transfer from Florida threw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio in his one season with the Bulldogs. "Yes, he never lived up to the hype he received coming out of high school as the nation's most highly rated QB recruit, but he clearly has the tools to intrigue an NFL team," wrote Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein. "He'll draw interest as a potential developmental backup."
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 10:52:00 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Louisiana Tech graduate QB Jeff Driskel "reinvented himself at Louisiana Tech in 2015 and has gone from long shot to draftable."

As Brugler writes, "Most college football fans gave up on Driskel as a legitimate NFL prospect after his career at Florida ended so poorly." A 2015 campaign with Louisiana Tech that saw him throw for 4,032 yards with a 27/8 TD/INT ratio might have changed some tunes, though. If nothing else, he went out blazing, torching Arkansas State with 457 passing yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's New Orleans Bowl victory. Brugler writes that scouts want to see the 6-foot-4, 237-pound graduate gunslinger "improve his timing, anticipation and decision-making as a downfield passer." A nice effort in the Senior Bowl would serve him well.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Louisiana Tech graduate QB Jeff Driskel completed 26-of-37 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 47-28 win over Arkansas State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

Driskel averaged an impressive 12.4 YPA on his way to his best passing performance of the 2015 campaign. The 457 passing yards marked a season-high. This was the second game in which he's thrown at least three touchdown passes without tossing an interception (the other came in a season-opening win over Southern). The 6-foot-4, 237-pound Driskel finishes the season with 4,032 passing yards and a 27/8 TD/INT ratio. Next up, an appearance in the Senior Bowl.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 01:21:00 AM

Louisiana Tech (8-3) will play Arkansas State (9-3) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on December 19.

Once you've enjoyed such luminary bowls as the Cure Bowl and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on December 19, perhaps you'd like to further avoid your family and friends with this 9:00 PM EST showdown. Tech's an early 1-point favorite in what figures to be the most offensively loaded contest of the day's slate. Both teams average over 35 points a game on offense. The Bulldogs are led by graduate QB Jeff Driskel, who's thrown for 3,575 yards with a 24/8 TD/INT ratio. Opposing him will be senior QB Fredi Knighten, who's accumulated 1,698 yards passing with a 19/7 TD/INT ratio. Knighten's numbers don't jump off the stat sheet, but keep in mind that he missed three games in the middle of the season due to injury. In his nine games played, he's thrown for at least two touchdowns in all but two.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:12:00 PM