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UB QB Drew Willy ready to compete

Posted by Chris Brown on February 21, 2009 – 4:01 pm

University at Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy just spoke with the media and he will, as expected, be doing everything here at the combine with respect to the workout.

“I”m looking forward to proving myself when I get the opportunity,” said Willy. “

“I’ve been working down in New Jersey where I’m from at the Parisi’s speed school and been going down to Atlanta on the weekends to train with Jerry Rhome, a quarterbacks coach, so I’ve learned a lot from him as far as protections and just my overall throwing mechanics. It’s been quite a process and I’ve enjoyed putting myself around the right people.”

Rhome, a former NFL quarterbacks coach, who has tutored the likes of Troy Aikman and others now runs a training program for quarterbacks. According to Willy however, Rhome is pretty satisfied with Willy’s mechanics.

“He pretty much liked my whole demeanor with getting back in the pocket and such,” said Willy. “We just worked on more protection stuff and a lot of the different defenses that you’re going to see at the next level. It’s been a big learning curve, but I think I’m up for the challenge, and I think I’ve learned a lot.”

Willy is expected to come off the board anywhere between the fifth and seventh round and Mel Kiper likes some of his qualities for the NFL level.

“I have him as the fifth best senior quarterback,” said Kiper. “Good height at 6’3 ¼” and doesn’t make a lot of bad decisions. Very good awareness in the pocket, a ton of experience at Buffalo. I wish he had a little stronger arm. His arm is strong enough I just wish it was a little stronger. He’s probably a fifth or seventh round possibility. At worst he gets in a camp with a chance to be a developmental young quarterback.”


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Kiper thinks UB QB Willy could be late pick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2009 – 3:06 pm

Mel Kiper believes University at Buffalo quarterback Drew Willey could be a late round pick due to a few specific characteristics, not the least of which is playing experience.

“I have him as the fifth best senior quarterback,” said Kiper. “Good height at 6’3 ¼” and doesn’t make a lot of bad decisions. Very good awareness in the pocket, a ton of experience at Buffalo. I wish he had a little stronger arm. His arm is strong enough, I just wish it was a little stronger. He’s probably a fifth to seventh round possibility. At worst he gets in a camp with a chance to be a developmental young quarterback.”

Willy helped lead the Bulls to their first ever Mid-American conference title this past season and they also made an appearance in the International Bowl.


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