Littered across the NFL landscape, you can find a plethora of former Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) quarterbacks who’ve made impacts on their teams. And there are several FCS quarterback prospects who could find themselves on an NFL roster next season.
From players like Joe Flacco (Delaware), Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), the FCS ranks has produced talented signal callers in recent years.
Players like Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard), Josh McCown (Sam Houston State), Easton Stick (North Dakota State) have provided valuable contributions. The ladder, Easton Stick, may work into the Los Angeles Chargers future plans after the Phillip Rivers-era ends.
They may not be Top-5 QB prospects, but this FCS group is talented. These players have the opportunity to shape quarterback depth around the league.
FCS Quarterback: Tom Flacco, Towson
Everyone is going to recognize the last name Flacco. Towson quarterback Tom Flacco is indeed the younger brother of long time Baltimore Ravens, and now the Denver Broncos quarterback, Joe Flacco.
That is where the comparisons stop for Tom. Unlike his 6’6” brother, Tom sports a very small, less than ideal frame to transition to the next level.
At 6’1” and 205 pounds, Tom is an exceptional athlete who is able to affect opposing defenses on the run and with his improvisation skills.
His smaller frame affects Flacco’s ability to generate velocity as a passer. He makes up for that lack of arm strength with nice rhythm. As he breaks the pocket, Flacco has the ability to throw with plus-accuracy on the run. His NFL pedigree should provide him with an opportunity, and his talent will keep him around for the long haul.
FCS Quarterback: Case Cookus, Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus has had a historic career for the Lumberjacks. He’s passed for over 12,000 yards and 105 touchdowns, with only 21 interceptions thrown. It has been a career mired by injury since an outstanding freshman season where he threw a school record 37 touchdown passes.
2019 has been a return to prominence for Cookus. There is a ton of Jared Goff in his game, showing a smoothness, plus-ball placement and effortless delivery. With underrated athleticism, Cookus has ability to move the chains with his feet on occasion.
With a lanky frame, inability to drive the football and durability concerns, Cookus may only be a late-round flier.
FCS Quarterback: Kevin Davidson, Princeton
After some magnificent quarterback play in recent seasons, Princeton could be sporting the most talented prospect over the duration. Kevin Davidson presents a remarkable physical profile that’s going to have NFL evaluators clamoring for what his development could bring.
Prototypical size (6’4” 225 pounds), accuracy and arm strength to drive outside the numbers, Davidson appears to have the physical traits to make the jump in competition.
Due to a lack of experience, Davidson has a ways to go as far as going through progressions. He locks onto his first read far too often.
With added experience, Davidson will have a chance to improve with some live bullets. To evaluators, Davidson might be the small school quarterback to know in the 2020 NFL Draft cycle.
FCS Quarterback: Nick Tiano, Chattanooga
Speaking of tools, former Mississippi State transfer Nick Tiano is a talented quarterback who should catch the eyes of NFL evaluators. Now representing the Chattanooga Mocs football, Tiano an absolute hose for an arm.
Chattanooga quarterback Nick Tiano (@NickTiano) is such a huge get for the NFLPA Bowl. One of the most talented arms in the class, Tiano has every tool you could want in a signal caller. Former Mississippi State transfer, look for him to be a big riser during the cycle. pic.twitter.com/paREnYBQzH— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) December 11, 2019
His ability to make some special throws to the intermediate and deep parts of the field is mesmerizing at times. This type of arm talent rivals the most talented in the entire class. He combines that with a plus athletic profile, to create one of the toolsiest quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft.
For every rare throw, however, Tiano makes a couple questionable decisions that drive evaluators crazy. He can struggle under pressure, failing to maintain his throwing base as a result. This causes some erratic accuracy and can put him in some very inopportune positions.
There is a long way to go with Tiano, but an NFL team is sure to present him with an opportunity.
FCS Quarterback: Reid Sinnett, San Diego
Wide receiver Michael Bandy was the main attraction for the San Diego football team heading into the 2019 season. While Bandy has his usual peaks of production, quarterback Reid Sinnett made a strong impression in his first year as the starter for the Toreros.
2019 was Reid’s to flourish, and he did just that, passing for 3,528 yards and 32 touchdowns. Boasting a large frame at 6’4” and 225 pounds, Sinnett is able to settle in the pocket while maintaining great field vision. He delivers a very catchable ball, demonstrating a good mix for changing arm speeds.
Had the chance to speak with San Diego quarterback Reid Sinnett (@ReidSinnett) in the past. After a phenomenal senior season, don’t think it’ll take long for NFL evaluators to take notice. 6’4” 225, nice arm strength and athletic profile, Reid is deadly accurate when in rhythm. pic.twitter.com/RTJTnqM6qq— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) December 10, 2019
His touch is exemplary, able to change depths to deeper levels of the field. Sinnett does have a slightly funky delivery that comes a lot closer to sidearm than one would find ideal. This dropping of arm angles could make for some batted passes in a shallow pocket. He is another who lacks ideal experience entering the world of the NFL.
Still, Sinnett is just starting to touch his ceiling. He is a player many will be happy to get to work with.
FCS Quarterback: Kenji Bahar, Monmouth
Monmouth quarterback Kenji Bahar might be a name many are not familiar with. Word of advice, get familiar…quick. Now in his third season as the starter for the Hawks, Bahar enjoyed his most productive season as a senior. He threw for 3,684 yards and 30 touchdown passes, leading Monmouth to the second round of the FCS playoffs.
At 6’3”, Bahar has a projectable frame that should be able to add a lot more mass early in his NFL career. Right now, he is a very lanky player who could use that added weight to help increase his average arm strength at this time. He lacks the ability to drive the ball to the intermediate and deep sections of the field.
What he lacks in elite arm strength, Bahar makes up for with his ability to throw from various angles. He has a flexible upper body, routinely making some impressive off-platform throws.
Bahar is an impressive athlete who has the ability to threaten defenses with his legs. That ability keeps Bahar in rhythm, allowing for multiple ways to keep the chains moving. Think of Bahar as a developmental piece of clay.
He has the talent to be whatever you make him. I am intrigued.