Today we're going to go off the beaten path a bit with our 2013 NFL Draft prospect profile and focus on a potential late-round prospect for the New York Giants at a position of no need -- Duke quarterback Sean Renfree. Since Eli Manning arrived, the Giants have taken two late-round shots at quarterbacks that haven't panned out in Andre Woodson and Rhett Bomar, but that doesn't mean they won't consider one again.
It makes sense to try and develop a quarterback and flip him for future draft picks or to cut out the cost of finding a veteran quarterback that you're comfortable with. I'm going to look at Renfree because of Renfree's coach, David Cutcliffe, who recruited Eli Manning and has worked with Peyton Manning.
Solid size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), Renfree has a good arm and can make all of the throws at times and shows good anticipation and touch. Renfree has good pocket awareness. He's obviously well-coached and considered a guy with good intangibles.
He's nothing special as an athlete. Renfree can make all of the throws, but he'll force passes and make some dumb decisions. Renfree doesn't yet excel at running through all of his progressions. He throws too many interceptions.
Player comparison: Derek Anderson (NFL.com)
Does He Fit With The Giants?
He's a solid pocket passer with good arm strength and intelligence. There are things that are similar to Eli Manning in the way he plays the game with the confidence in his arm, but he lacks Manning's talent and is more like a developmental starter. He's one of my personal favorite mid- to late-round quarterback prospects.
Big Board Rankings
National Football Post-218th
Mocking the Draft-11th rated quarterback
Sports Illustrated-Uutside top 40
Big Blue View Board- Solid 5th-round grade
If you're interested in Renfree I advise you to read Matt Waldman's breakdown at football outsiders. It's much more thorough than my snapshot here. I'm not convinced the Giants will take a quarterback, but if they have Renfree as a third-round pick and he's sitting there for some reason in the sixth round he could be picked like Bomar was in 2009, but only if the value is extraordinary.
The biggest knock on Renfree is that he throws too many interceptions, but to me that's a correctable issue. I think a big reason he throws so many interceptions is because he's not playing with anyone on offense. Renfree is also a pedestrian athlete at the quarterback position when mobile quarterbacks are all the rage
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