Meet the next Taysom Hill: Tom Flacco. Well, at least that’s what the experts think.
Flacco is more known as being the brother of Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco. To many at Towson University, he’s just the star quarterback for their program.
Flacco started his college career at Western Michigan in 2015 and 2016 playing just 13 games. He threw for 188 yards and ran for another 266 yards in his time there. Rutgers became his next destination in 2017 and graduated in the summer of 2018.
Fans saw Flacco on the field as a starter for the first time with Towson in 2018. In the 2018 season, he threw for 3,237 yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His numbers went down last season as he threw for 2,831 with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. Flacco has also been known as a great runner with 1,066 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons at Towson.
Tom Flacco as an NFL Draft Prospect
Unfortunately for Tom Flacco, he goes into the NFL with questions surrounding him as a prospect. The expectations don’t seem to be as high as he’s coming into the draft projected to go undrafted.
A major reason for this is because of the level of play he faced off against. Being from an FCS school, the level of competition is not as good as someone from a Pac-12 or Big Ten school faced. Granted, his brother Joe came from Delaware and was a first round pick. The problem is Joe was more of a pure passer than Tom is.
Draft experts are not seeing Tom as a starting quarterback in the NFL. They are looking at him being an athlete. A Taysom Hill type who can play multiple positions and make an impact on offense in different ways. For a quarterback, that can be a hard pill to shallow to change positions. Even being a long shot at being drafted, Tom has proven to have the focus on making the NFL.
Flacco told the Baltimore Sun in an interview that, “I am focused on one thing and one thing only, that’s making it in the NFL. People might think I am crazy, but I’ve spoken with a lot of successful people and they are said they were driven to one thing, and that was their focus. That’s me. I am committed to football.”
What Makes Tom Flacco a Good Prospect
The skillsets that Flacco has makes him one of the most interesting prospects in the draft. He does have the ability to throw the football well with his arm strength. Flacco tends to get sacked often and could use some improvement in the pocket. With that being said, his ability to make plays on his feet makes him a fun prospect to draft.
Time and time again during his two seasons at Towson, fans saw Flacco made plays with his feet. His rushing abilities makes him a secret weapon of sorts to use. He can be used in the wildcat formation in passing and rushing situations. It will be interesting to see if he will be used as a receiver or on special teams similar to Taysom Hill.
It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if there isn’t a team that takes a chance on Flacco. He has all the skills that can help him make an NFL team. Having an innovative coach like Sean McVay or Kyle Shanahan could have fun with Flacco in their offenses. Even if he doesn’t get drafted, expect Flacco to get a shot at making an NFL team in training camp.