When ESPN analyst Todd McShay provided his way-too-early look at the 2017 NFL Draft, he was quick to praise a number of Big Ten signal-callers. However, Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback CJ Beathard was left out of the first-round of McShay’s mock draft, while guys like Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner were mentioned as potential first-rounders.
But don’t sleep on Beathard just yet.
McShay has been continuing his scouting on the upcoming draft class when he admitted Beathard is very underrated. McShay praised the quarterback’s physicality, while saying he makes good decisions and above average accuracy.
Doing tape on some 2017 QB prospects. Iowa's Beathard is underrated. Live arm, solid decisions, above-avg accuracy, and can extend w/ feet
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) June 7, 2016
Last season, Beathard threw for 2,809 yards, 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. Beathard added 237 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.
To make his statistics even more impressive is the fact that he was dealing with multiple lower body injuries throughout the year.
If Beathard can stay 100 percent healthy in 2016 and live up to expectations, he could prove to the draft analysts that the first round discussion is where he belongs.
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