2020 NFL Draft Profile: Cole McDonald

McDonald has the size and arm NFL teams look for in their quarterback

Cole McDonald certainly looks the part when comparing him to other quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Hawaii signal-caller has the size and arm talent necessary to succeed at the next level. But he's far from a finished project and will need to find a team that's willing to refine his mechanics while living with his gunslinger mentality.


Cole McDonald Draft Profile


College: Hawaii
Class: Jr.
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 220


Strong Points

McDonald has plenty of NFL traits. He has prototypical size for a pocket passer and good arm talent for the NFL level, capable of maintaining zip on the ball on off-platform throws. He’s also a pretty good athlete, capable of extending plays and a threat to scramble for yardage. He’s an anticipatory thrower who’s more than willing to test tight windows. He’ll stare down the gun barrel and absorb contact as he throws.


Weak Points

As far as decision-making goes, he’s like an extreme version of Jameis Winston. He consistently loses track of defenders at the linebacker level and will put the ball into danger. Overall, he has far too much trust in his arm talent, and his short memory often works against him.



There are some tools to work with, and McDonald becomes an interesting prospect if he becomes more consistent with his mechanics and reins in his mega-gunslinger approach. He’s unlikely to become a starter, but the ceiling is there.


Final Grade: 5th/6th round


2017 6 0 0 22 2.0 55.6 1 0 138 1
2018 13 7 6 3,875 8.0 58.9 36 10 359 4
2019 14 6 6 4,135 8.1 63.8 33 14 383 7
Career 33 13 12 8,032 8.0 61.4 70 24 880 12



(Top photo courtesy of Hawaii Athletics)

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