Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly entered the season as one of the top prospects in the SEC. Some even believe Kelly is one of the top signal-callers in college football, with a future in the pros on the horizon.
In fact, one comparison Kelly has received is that of a very prominent NFL quarterback.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote about Kelly’s strengths and weaknesses on the field as it relates to his stock in the 2017 NFL Draft. He then gave the Rebel quarterback a pretty honorable comparison to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
“When I combine his bravado, arm strength, competitive nature, toughness and ability to operate outside of the pocket, Kelly reminds me of a young Tony Romo. Well, it’s either Romo or Rex Grossman, but if his potential is realized, then Romo will be the right comp. Romo and Kelly each have the type of moxie that teams covet from their quarterbacks. With that moxie, however, comes mistakes and those issues are a part of their games, too. Like Romo, Kelly can extend plays with his legs and can still attack down the field, even when he roams outside of the pocket. Kelly’s senior season will go a long way toward determining his draft stock, but he has the skills to compete for a starting job in the NFL.”
This is certainly a good comparison for Kelly, nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, and it looks like he could take that and end up being a great quarterback in the NFL.
On his career, he has thrown for 4,632 yards and 38 touchdowns, while rushing for 654 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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