2020 NFL Draft: Hawai’i QB Cole McDonald worthy of mid-round flyer

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 14: Cole McDonald #13 of the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors reacts after throwing an interception against the Washington Huskies in the first quarter during their game at Husky Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. He is worthy of a mid-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

He is not going to be a top quarterback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, but Hawaii’s Cole McDonald warrants a mid-round flyer.

One of the biggest surprise early declarations into the 2020 NFL Draft was Hawai’i quarterback Cole McDonald, who opted not to return to school with his head coach likely on the move (now the head man at Washington State). The 6-4 and 220 pound quarterback could be the project signal caller of this year’s draft most worth snagging in the mid-rounds of the draft.

In just last year’s NFL Draft, project quarterbacks like Gardner Minshew and Trace McSorely flew off the board in the sixth round to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens respectively. Three rounds before them, the Carolina Panthers selected Will Grier to stash on their line-up; Grier and Minshew both saw starting action for their teams this year.

If Grier, a quarterback with vastly inferior arm talent to that of McDonald, can land in the top-100 of the draft, then there is no reason that the Rainbow Warrior himself should not merit the same recognition. Sure, McDonald can be a bit reckless with the ball far too often, but with some solid coaching around him, some team may be able to sharpen him into a solid NFL quarterback in the near future.

Here, we will go in-depth into McDonald and how he has put himself in position to be drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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