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Joel Stave | Quarterback

Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220

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Vikings signed Wisconsin QB Joel Stave.
Stave (6'5/236) made 41 starts for the Badgers, posting a 31-10 record, 59.5% completion rate, 7.41 YPA, and 48:37 TD-to-INT ratio. Stave looks the part with ideal NFL size, big hands (10 5'8"), plus Combine measurables, and plenty of arm strength, but his accuracy and decision making were problematic in the Big Ten, leading to more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (20) over the past two seasons. NFL coaches may be intrigued by his traits, but Stave is a fundamentally flawed quarterback with little chance of making it in the pros. May 2 - 2:07 PM

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Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word that Wisconsin QB Joel Stave could be a third round pick.

Stave is terrible, so this is amazing. Pauline notes he has heard of late third round grades since the East West Shrine Game. Many teams hope to drafted third round grades in the fourth or fifth round, so keep that in mind. Stave is a "tools" prospect who has a very, very long way to go.
Apr 29 - 10:07 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder and TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline both report that Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien attended Wisconsin's pro day to scout QB Joel Stave.

Pauline reported a source's belief last month that Stave "will be drafted." The analyst expanded on his knowledge of the situation this week. "A lot of teams like Stave's size, arm strength and upside, but understand he needs work on his technique and decision-making," Pauline wrote. "At the Combine, I was told later rounds is a definite for Stave, but some feel he could be off the board early in the third day. Despite the Texans signing of Brock Osweiler, remember this point; O'Brien was the same coach who made the trip to Pittsburgh pro-day not long ago to watch Tom Savage, a physically gifted signal-caller who needed work on his technique and decision-making." We never liked Stave's game much and would take a bevy of developmental QBs over him.
Mar 12 - 8:59 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that Wisconsin QB Joel Stave "will be drafted."

Pauline admits that he's not personally a fan of Stave's game. Count us in that group of non-fans, too, but apparently at least one NFL team likes the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder's unique blend of vanilla. Stave threw for 2,687 yards (60.8% completions) with an 11/11 TD/INT ratio last season. He's thrown more than 11 touchdown passes just once in his career, when he connected on 22 during his sophomore campaign in 2013. The 2016 quarterback pool isn't particularly top-heavy, but there are multiple intriguing mid-to-late round gunslingers out there (Vernon Adams, Brandon Allen, Cody Kessler, Brandon Doughty, Dak Prescott to name a few). Stave's less intriguing than all of the names listed.
Feb 27 - 4:07 PM

Wisconsin QB Joel Stave completed 7-of-12 passes for 31 yards and an interception in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Stave did a nice enough job completing passes. They just didn't go very far. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Wisconsin product averaged a cringe-inducing 2.6 YPA. The performance does little to dissuade the general opinion that he's just not an NFL quarterback. An AFC East executive said as much during the practice week, noting that "when the bullets start flying, he just can't hang in and make winning plays."
Jan 24 - 3:15 PM

An AFC executive doubts Wisconsin QB Joel Stave's ability to play in the NFL.

So do we. "He's good-looking in the uniform and on air, but when the bullets start flying, he just can't hang in and make winning plays," the exec said. Stave infamously dealt with the "yips" last season, meaning he was hesitant to pull the trigger on throws when pressured. He does have a 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, a sweet delivery and a high release, though, so some scouts will dream on his potential. After having watched Stave's college work, we don't think he has much of that. Stave is currently at the East-West Shrine Game.
Jan 20 - 2:32 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave completed 18-of-27 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 23-21 win over USC in the National Funding Holiday Bowl.

Stave and USC QB Cody Kessler finished with almost identical passing lines, but it was Stave who came away with the victory. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt senior's lone touchdown pass wouldn't come until he hooked up with Austin Traylor on a four-yarder just after the halftime break. That extended the Badger lead to 20-7. USC would counter-punch, ultimately taking a 21-20 lead in the fourth quarter before the Badgers fought back for a go-ahead (and game-winning) field goal with just over two minutes remaining in the contest. For the season, Stave finishes with 2,687 passing yards and an 11/11 TD/INT ratio. He failed to surpass 250 yards through the air in all but two games. Next up, the East-West Shrine Game.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 02:32:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave has been added to the East West Shrine game roster.

The Shrine Game now has all six of its quarterbacks: Stave, Brandon Allen, Nate Sudfeld, Blake Frohnapfel, Vernon Adams Jr. and Brandon Doughty. Stave was once diagnosed with the "yips" at Wisconsin, meaning he could not bring himself to pull the trigger and throw to open or covered receivers.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave (head) is undergoing a concussion protocol.

"Didn't say he was actually diagnosed with one, though," Zach Heilprin of tweeted. Stave hurt his head when getting knocked down near the end of Saturday's loss to Northwestern. He said, "I'm fine." Expect Stave to start this weekend at Minnesota.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 05:41:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave completed 13 of 25 attempts for 217 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the school's 48-10 win over Illinois.

Wisconsin and Stave won with the running game, not through the air. After starting the season on fire, Stave has really plateaued and even dipped down in terms of his play. He is not worth playing in fantasy circles.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave (head) is expected to play Saturday against Rutgers.

That dispatch came straight from Paul Chryst's lips on Thursday, so you can probably take this one to the bank. Stave exited last Saturday's win against Illinois in the first quarter with an apparent concussion. He has passed all required head tests this week.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 11:23:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave will play Saturday against Rutgers despite dealing with a head injury in the school's last game against Rutgers.

Stave apparently stared blankly in the team's huddle during the first quarter, convinced the personnel did not match the play call. Wisconsin called a timeout and Stave did not return after being evaluated for a head injury. Stave passed all concussion tests this week.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 11:10:00 AM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave completed 30 of 39 attempts for 322 yards and an interception in the school's 24-7 win over Purdue.

In the last three games, Stave has attempted 38, 50 and 39 attempts. That is not vintage Wisconsin or the style we are accustomed to seeing. Stave has played better this season and we'll be interested to see if those attempts scale back when Corey Clement returns.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 03:26:00 PM

Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave completed 25-of-50 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-21 win over Nebraska.

The 50 pass attempts were three shy of the most Stave's thrown in a game during his career. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt senior's now compiled 1,386 passing yards with an 8/4 TD/INT ratio through six games. While the 337 yards on Saturday were certainly nice, Stave's not going to throw the ball 50 times a game moving forward and the lack of heft to the Badger offense this season makes him an uninspiring DFS option.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 08:50:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that there are a "number of scouts" who feel Wisconsin redshirt senior QB Joel Stave’s "best possibility at the next level is at the safety."

"Stave deserves credit for good completion percentage (over 60%) but his touchdown-to-interception ratio raises red-flags as do many of his throws," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound redshirt senior had a rough outing versus Iowa as he committed four turnovers in Wisconsin's 10-6 loss on Saturday. "Mechanical issues" aside, Pauline believes Stave "has never truly elevated his game at the quarterback spot."
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 03:56:00 PM