There are plenty of quarterbacks for teams to consider in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Sam Ehlinger. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the athletic, dual-threat that starred at Texas.
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Sam Ehlinger Draft Profile
A dual-threat stud at Texas, Ehlinger also quietly improved as a passer over the past four seasons. He showed better command of the passing game the last two seasons, including a willingness to test defenses downfield and consistently allowing his receivers to make plays. He’ll stand tall in the pocket and scan the field while things get muddy. He performed well under an intense spotlight at UT. His size and athleticism make him a fit in an 11-man running game.
He still has a ways to go as a passer. Ehlinger is plodding when moving through progressions, and he needs to get a firmer grasp on the moving bodies in the middle of the field. He struggles with ball placement at the short and intermediate levels — increased comfort that comes with more reps in an NFL offense could help alleviate that, but right now he’s not good enough as a passer to get onto the field for an NFL team.
He’s a project, but the improvement from a Tim Tebow-esque dual-threat over his time in Austin suggests there’s a chance for Ehlinger to develop into an NFL quarterback. If he stalls early, a position change is a possibility.
Final Grade: 4th/5th round