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    Will Rogers Draft Profile | Mississippi State, QB Scouting Report

    Mississippi State QB Will Rogers has broken more than a few records for the Bulldogs in his three-year career, but what do his NFL Draft prospects look like?

    The Mississippi State Bulldogs have a quarterback at the helm that holds 29 school records as a passer. But what does Will Rogers’ NFL Draft profile look like? Is there enough juice in his scouting report to be worth the squeeze come April 2024?

    Will Rogers Draft Profile and Measurements

    • Height: 6’2″
    • Weight: 210 pounds
    • Position: Quarterback
    • School: Mississippi State
    • Current Year: Senior

    Before Rogers grabbed the Bulldogs’ starting job as a freshman and never looked back, he was a modest recruit. The composite three-star QB was one of the better players from the state of Mississippi, but his highest QB ranking was 22nd by Rivals.

    Still, then-head coach Mike Leach believed in him. That might have been because Rogers’ mentor is none other than NFL QB Gardner Minshew. Leach, who got his head coaching start at Texas Tech in 2000, trusted Rogers to be the first freshman quarterback to start a game in his entire coaching career back in 2020. He appeared in nine games as a freshman, starting six.

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    After 2021, there were whispers that the Bulldogs QB could be a high pick. He led the SEC in passing yards and was third in the FBS in total passing yards. This is far from the first time that one of Leach’s quarterbacks, or more precisely an Air Raid quarterback, put up bonkers numbers.

    His passing numbers went down in 2022, but he was still incredibly productive relative to the rest of college football. A new offense has arrived for 2023. How will that affect Rogers and the offense?

    Will Rogers Scouting Report

    Strengths

    • Rogers is an experienced passer.
    • He has a GREAT feel for pressure pre-snap.
    • Often replaces blitzers with passes.
    • Good general short and intermediate accuracy.
    • Enough juice to extend plays and create.
    • Processes pre-snap information well.
    • Makes decisive post-snap reads with anticipation.

    Weaknesses

    • Has average to below-average arm talent.
    • Not a true threat on the ground.
    • Downfield passing ability is inconsistent at best.
    • Air Raid QB, but 2023 could quell these concerns.
    • Linear build that doesn’t generate much torque on throws.

    Current Draft Projection and Summary

    Like the many Leach Air Raid quarterbacks to come before him, Rogers is a job-doer who can put up ridiculous numbers in the box score. Being a “bus driver” is not inherently bad, but Rogers’ lack of physical upside severely limits his ceiling as an NFL player.

    Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) drops back against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
    Jan 2, 2023; Tampa, FL, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) drops back against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first half in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Because he is whip-smart, there is certainly a chance that Rogers does enough in a new offense with more under-center looks to intrigue NFL coaches. It is not often we see Air Raid QBs enter a new situation at the college level. His performance in 2023 will greatly impact how NFL teams see him.

    Although he’ll likely never be viewed as a starter, he is the kind of player teams tend to gravitate toward with their backups. He could be a bus driver who keeps the offense between the lines while not actively losing them games when the starter misses time with an injury.

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