If Patrick Towles has a big year, it’s only a matter of time before the NFL comes calling. CBS Sports’ Rob Rang agrees, singling out Towles as UK’s top NFL prospect in his preview of UK this morning. Rang writes that Towles “looks the part of an NFL quarterback,” comparing him to former Oregon State and current St. Louis Rams QB Sean Mannion:
In terms of size and arm talent, Towles reminds me of a young Sean Mannion, the reigning Pac-12 career passing champion and a 2015 third round selection of the St. Louis Rams. Like the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Mannion, Towles looks the part of an NFL quarterback with prototypical height, broad shoulders and evenly distributed muscle mass. Also like Mannion, Towles’ best success comes on bucket throws to the outside, demonstrating the touch, trajectory and ball placement to defeat press coverage on intermediate and deep fade routes and occasional deep posts. Also like Mannion, however, Towles sprays the ball when he doesn’t have the leg room to step into throws, raising concerns about arm strength and true accuracy. Both players possess an elongated delivery that give defenders an extra split second warning of where the ball will be headed.
Rang says that Towles has more “pure athleticism” than Mannion, as we saw last year when he ran for 305 yards and six touchdowns; however, he notes that scouts want Towles to focus on exhausting pass options before resorting to scrambling.
“At this point, Towles is one to watch from an NFL perspective,” Rang says. “He does offer some intriguing tools and in just now entering his redshirt junior campaign, Towles has the time to develop.”
That put me in the mood for some Patty Ice highlights, how about you?