Toughness/Leadership: Won 42 career games at TCU, leading the Horned Frogs to a perfect 13-0 season in his senior year. Played in a bowl game all 4 years of college winning MVP in 3 of those games. Showed his leadership the past 2 seasons leading TCU to a 25-1 record with his only loss to an undefeated Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. Was also the Mountain West player of the year in 2009 and 2010.
Intelligence/ Decision Making: Intelligent passer, where he excels in his ability to read defenses at the line of scrimmage. Showed the ability to read defenses and audible at the line. Sometimes would make poor decisions when his primary receiver was covered.
Accuracy: Set a TCU record completing 66.1% of his passes this past season. Very accurate on short to intermediate routes, and has shown he can throw the 10-15 yard out route with great accuracy. Puts the ball where only his receiver can get it. Dalton only threw 6 INT’s compared to 27 touchdowns last season. Needs to work on his deep ball.
Release/ Arm Strength: Dalton has a strong over the top delivery. He does not have the strongest arm of the quarterbacks in this draft, but looks to make up for this with being able to read defenses and make accurate passes. Needs to work on his deep ball, where he tends to float the ball, rather than driving it down the field.
Pocket Mobility/ Mobility: Will certainly not be a running threat, but can use his legs to avoid the sack and pick up a first down. Recorded 1611 rushing yards and 22 rushing TD’s during his college career, but this mobility is not likely to transfer over to the next level. He has the ability to step up in the pocket to buy time.
Intangibles: A 4 year starter at TCU, winning MVP in 3 consecutive bowl games. Dalton was back to back player of the year in the Mountain West Conference. Ended his college career with 42 wins as the starting quarterback. Was a finalist for the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Award, semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards while finishing 9th in the Heisman voting. Dalton is a proven winner something that can’t be overlooked when drafting a signal caller.
Overall Stock: Dalton played in a spread offense in college, so he will have to adapt to taking snaps under center and work on his 3 and 5 step drops. He has shown that he can read defenses from the shotgun, but if can he do it under center is still to be seen. His stock is on the rise with many thinking he will be a 2nd round selection, but could see his named called on day one if a team falls in love with his accuracy and leadership qualities.
NFL Comparison: Kevin Kolb