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Clayton Thorson NFL Scouting Report, Draft Profile and Projection

By Kevin Nardone
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Clayton Thorson Hand Size, Age, Height & Weight

Player: Clayton Thorson

Position: Quarterback

Hand Size: 9 3/4"

Height: 6' 4"

Weight: 222 lbs

College: Northwestern Wildcats

Age: 23

Clayton Thorson Stats

After redshirting his freshman season, Thorson took over as the starting quarterback for Northwestern in 2015. By Thorson's junior year, he had already set the program record for wins by a quarterback, with 26 wins and 12 losses. Thorson ended his career in Evanston as one of the most decorated QBs in Northwestern history, finishing as the program's leader in career passing yards (10,731), completions (991) and touchdowns (61).

Thorson also scored at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his four seasons as a starter, including eight rushing touchdowns in his junior year and a nine scores on the ground in his senior year. However, there are some concerns surrounding his accuracy as a passer. Thorson never topped a 62 percent completion rate and threw double-digit interceptions in both of his last two collegiate seasons, with 12 in 2017 and 15 in 2018.

Clayton Thorson Highlights

Clayton Thorson NFL Draft Projection

Third Round

Clayton Thorson NFL Draft Prediction

Washington Redskins (No. 77), New England Patriots (No. 99, No. 102)

The Washington Redskins seem to have been linked to every single quarterback prospect imaginable this offseason, but that is only because the quarterback situation in Washington is so dire. The Redskins currently have Colt McCoy penciled in as their starter, as Alex Smith's future is uncertain at this point. Thorson's ability to move in the pocket and feel the rush should serve him well at the next level. He excels at timing and quick-rhythm throws, which should fit right into head coach Jay Gruden's system.

If the Redskins pass on Thorson in the third round, the New England Patriots could snag the Northwestern product with either the No. 99 or No. 102 overall pick. A healthy Tom Brady will almost certainly be the starter for the remainder of his career in New England, but the Patriots could be ready to draft a rookie QB to develop under Brady during what is most likely the final stretch of his storied career.


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