NFL Draft under-the-radar player spotlight: Brandon Doughty

In the upcoming NFL Draft, there are a host of quarterbacks that could do well and will be drafted in the first round. There are also a number of quarterbacks that will likely fall to later rounds and have to sit and wait for their turn to shine in the league.

Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty could possibly be one of those guys. He has had a fantastic career with the Hilltoppers and he should be getting a little more play in terms of the teams in the draft that truly need a quarterback that could come in and do well.

Of course Doughty isn’t on the level of a Connor Cook or Jared Goff, but the teams that skip out on him could be kicking themselves in a few years. He has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the FBS and he continued to prove that with the records he broke in the Hilltoppers’ Miami Beach Bowl game.

Not only did he break the single-season school record for passing yards this year with 5,055, he broke the career passing mark with 12,855 as well. He also broke Colt Brennan’s two-year touchdown record with 97 over the course of 2014 and 2015.

Basically, if you like a guy that can throw a lot of touchdowns, Doughty is certainly your guy. He is also one of the most accurate passers with a career mark of 72 percent.

Doughty may a few years too late for the “pass happy” league that the NFL was a few seasons ago, but he can certainly revamp an offense. If a team like the Dallas Cowboys don’t want to use a first round pick on Goff or Cook, waiting around until the third round for Doughty would certainly be a steal for them, especially with the way Tony Romo is continuously getting hurt.

I also wouldn’t be surprised seeing a team that may need a quarterback, but aren’t yet ready to pull the trigger take him. That team could certainly be the San Diego Chargers.

It’s likely that the Chargers are going to build their offensive line in the Draft this year. However, if they don’t have a guy who is willing to stand behind them in Philip Rivers, who is certainly not happy with the team right now, then it may be time to move on.

The point is that Doughty is not going to be a first round guy. But he can be a steal for whoever wants to take a chance on him.

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