Profiling Colts First-Year Quarterback Drew Willy

Drew Willy

Drew Willy (University of Buffalo)

Drew Willy

Born: 13th of November, 1986

Hometown: Randolf, NJ

College: University of Buffalo

Draft: UDFA – 2009  (Baltimore Ravens)

Height: 6 feet 3 Inches

Weight: 217 lbs.

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College

Year Started Att Comp CR(%) Yards YPC TD INT Sacks
2005 8 245 149 60.82% 1481 9.94 6 12 32
2006 8 231 138 59.74% 1391 10.08 6 6 27
2007 12 377 258 68.44% 2572 9.97 15 6 27
2008 14 468 304 64.96% 3304 10.87 25 6 30
Career 42 1321 849 64.27% 8748 40.86 52 30 116

Professional

No Professional stats

Pre-Draft Measurables*

40-yard Dash: 4.9 seconds

Vertical Jump: 30.5 inches

Broad Jump: 109.0 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.18 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.45 seconds

* – NFL Scouting Combine

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Breakdown

Drew Willy was a four-year starter at the University of Buffalo.  He did not stun scouts, but performed up as expected for a 4-year starter out the MAC Conference.  While not having the immense power or accuracy expected of top rated NFL prospects — or even of some mid-round picks — Willy showed consistent improvement at Buffalo. Willy also showed valuable unmeasurables needed required by quarterbacks — specifically his leadership qualities and poise in the pocket in conjunction with his prototypical size.

That said, Willy went undrafted for a reason.  He does not have a quick release, his release point is low (leading to tipped passes), and he has only worked in a spread offense.  Willy also sustained a season-ending thumb injury in 2006 that could prove to be a concern in the future.

The Baltimore Ravens initially signed Willy as an UDFA after the 2009 draft.  He was not retained on the Raven’s practice squad — and after Sorgi’s season-ending injury, he was added onto the Colts’ practice squad at the beginning of December.  Willy was promoted to the active roster before the week 16 game against the NYJ, but was left inactive on gameday — as the third QB on the depth chart.  Willy was waived after the game, but re-signed to the team during the 2010 offseason.

Willy’s claim to fame comes from his championship game upset of the Ball State Cardinals in 2008, as well as his final second Hail Mary upset of Temple, which was a finalist for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Year.


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