From now until the 2023 NFL Draft, we will scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top-10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections, and priority undrafted free agents. Today, we’ll be profiling Gannon quarterback Kory Curtis.
#7 Kory Curtis (Senior) — 6030, 247 Lbs.
|Player||Ht/Wt||Hand Size||Arm Length||Wingspan|
|Kory Curtis||6030, 247||9 1/4″||31 1/8″||76″|
|40-Yard Dash||10-Yard Dash||Short Shuttle||3-Cone|
|Broad Jump||Vertical||Bench Press|
-Strong-armed quarterback with easy accuracy to all areas of the field
-Ball pops out of his hand with good velocity to drive the football
-Touch and accuracy really stand out; fits balls into tight windows consistently
-Nimble quarterback overall with scramble abilities and real strength in pocket to withstand contact and still make throws
-Throws well on the move and flashed ability to extend plays
-Smart QB; knows where windows will be pre-snap
-Tremendous production overall
-Has a really wide throwing base that gives him fits throughout games; can get overextended
-Has to clean up mechanics
-Footwork a major work in progress, but arm talent covers up a lot
-Lacks overall pocket feel and will slide right into pressure too often
-Elongated windup that needs shortened at the next level
-Transferred twice before dominating D-2; competition a real concern for the position
-Played in 22 career games at Gannon following transfer in 2021, starting all 22
-Finished career at Gannon with 5,134 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, completing 370 of 652 passes (57.0%)
-Threw for 2,879 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2022
-Named a Harlan Hill (Division II equivalent of Heisman) two straight seasons
-Walked on at Ohio State, where ehe spent three semesters before transferring to Bryant
-Spent one year at Bryant, playing in two games in 2020 before heading to Gannon
-Earned bachelor’s degree in Cellular Molecular Biology while at Bryant
-Comes from a family of athletes; sister, Kortney, plays volleyball at Bethune Cookman and sister, Katy, plays volleyball at Florida College
From walking on at Ohio State and being part of a quarterback room with future NFL pro Dwayne Haskins and former 5-star recruit Tate Martell, to dominating for two straight seasons at the Division II level at Gannon, quarterback Kory Curtis has taken a long, winding path to the doorstep of the NFL.
A two-time Harlan Hill Award finalist at Gannon, which is the D-II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, Curtis lit up defenses for two seasons in the PSAC, putting himself on the NFL radar. A strong showing at the Duquesne Pro Day, thanks to a helping hand from the Steelers to get him there, further made the case for Curtis to be in consideration for an NFL roster.
The tape at Gannon backs that up.
Curtis throws a nice deep ball, one that has good touch and accuracy, consistently hitting his receivers in stride.
Strong throw here against IUP last season that led to a 75-yard touchdown. Great ball placement and enough zip on it to hit the receiver in stride and beat the defensive back to the catch point.
That said, watch his base on the throw. You can see it’s a bit too wide and he overextends himself into the throw. It’s something he’s working on and has shown improvements with, but it’s noticeable on film from last season.
His deep ball abilities really aren’t a surprise. He has a very strong arm that he uses to fit balls into tight windows, and that was further proven by the fact he threw a ball 84 yards in the air at the Duquesne Pro Day.
Curtis does a good job of driving the ball. His arm talent is obvious. It’s not going to be the strongest of arms at the next level, but he’s got real zip on the ball and has a lot of confidence taking chances with it.
Good drive here on a first and 20 against Clarion last season, firing the ball to the receiver between two defenders to pick up a huge chunk of yardage.
Same thing here against West Chester last season.
Nice job of working through progressions quickly, identifying where the window would be and firing a dart for the score, all while taking a shot in the pocket. The ball jumps off of his hand with some nice spin. Easy accuracy, too.
Curtis had some real issues the last two seasons with his mechanics. They are a bit wonky and can be all over the place throughout games. He’s cleaned it up some, but there’s still more work to do.
That said, he consistently does a good job of setting his feet to throw, even when on the move, which some quarterbacks never quite figure out.
He does a good job here of setting his feet after the rollout and putting the ball where only his receiver can catch it downfield against West Chester.
This is my favorite throw from Curtis from the games I studied from last year.
Terrific ball placement to fit it into the honey hole and great arm strength to get it there. I love the risk taken here, especially with his arm talent. He believes he can make every throw and he’s not afraid to take a risk. What a strike for the big gain. That’s an NFL throw.
Same thing here against IUP last season.
Tremendous job of driving through this one, fitting it into the window for the big gain. I’d like to see him step into this one more towards the receiver rather than the sideline, as it’s an example of some mechanical issues, but you can see the obvious arm talent.
I am very intrigued by Curtis. The winding path to get where he is now shows that he’s a determined player, one who will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. He’s a smart player who picked up three playbooks rather quickly and does a really nice job pre-snap of identifying windows on certain plays.
The arm talent stands out on tape, too. It’s pretty impressive overall. He has a good build, too, and does well in the pocket to withstand pressure and still make plays. They didn’t call him “Baby Ben” at Gannon for nothing.
The arm talent and production are tantalizing, but the mechanics, footwork in the pocket and overall pocket presence and feel for the rush, not to mention the level of competition are concerns. However, that arm talent and smarts give him a draftable grade. He should hear his name called late on Day 3 in the seventh round and projects as a developmental QB3 with backup QB upside in the NFL.
Projection: Late Day 3 (7th Round)
Depot Draft Grade: 6.1 (End of Roster/Practice Squad)
Games Watched: College of Charleston (2022), Clarion (2022), Edinboro (2022), Slippery Rock (2022), IUP (2022), West Chester (2022)