Hundley is an interesting
prospect. At 6'3" and 227 lbs, he is a poster boy for "average
NFL measurements". What is decidedly unaverage, however, is his
tremendous athleticism and his NFL caliber arm, already present at
the age of 20 years old.
With a 40 time projected in
the mid 4.6's, Hundley won't be blazing past anyone in the NFL. His strengths lie more in his running style rather than pure speed. More similar to Cam Newton (4.58)
or Andrew Luck (4.6) than Robert Griffin III (4.41) or Michael Vick (4.33), Hundley is as
punishing of a runner as a quarterback can be. While not overly
quick, he's deceptively agile and has good vision with the ball. He's
a long strider and, once in the open field, is difficult to catch
Playing at UCLA means
Hundley faces solid talent within his conference, matching up
against Stanford, Oregon and USC every year. Even still, he has
posted respectable numbers against quality talent throughout his two seasons as the Bruins starting QB. Passing for nearly
2,900 yards at this point in the season, Hundley doesn't look to be
breaking his previous year's record of 3,740 yards. However, he has
improved in his efficiency and overall rating, with a 67.8%
completion percentage and an overall rating of 153.7.
Hundley has shown
improvement from the moment he took his first snap, a 72- yard
rushing TD against Rice. Since that play, he's has proven he can be
consistently dangerous on the ground, running the ball 150 times this
season for 587 yards and 9 TD's.
Compared to his
contemporaries, Hundley's numbers seem rather pedestrian. In this era of 5,000 yard, 40 touchdown seasons, Hundley's production is underwhelming. Where Hundley excels, however, is in his pure physical talent, proving to be talented enough to play all over the field.
Against Utah, Hundley proved
to be a game-changing, dynamic talent. He finished the game with 17
completions for 211 yards and 1 touchdown, 20 carries for 85 yards
and 1 touchdown, and 1 reception for 7 yards and a touchdown. He also
pinned the Utes inside their own 20 with a punt.
Hundley's footwork and mechanics are
something to be concerned about. An extended wind up rears it's ugly
head on longer throws, a quirk that can be worked out with time and
the right coaching.
With a coaching staff that
has plenty of NFL experience, Hundley is being groomed well for
Sundays. He is an athletic quarterback with a strong arm, highly
valued commodities in the NFL. Staying in school could very much help
his draft stock. With as quickly as he's progressed thus far, Hundley
could see himself as a No.1 Overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Of
course, there is always the risk of injury or plateauing.
-Pure physical specimen
-Posted solid numbers against solid competition
-Played on a team devoid of All-Star talent, yet still was effective
-Exhibits capabilities of making a number of NFL caliber throws