Jayden Daniels’ Pro Day Draws Mixed Reviews

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Jayden Daniels had his pro day, along with all of his draft-eligible LSU teammates on Wednesday, just in case anybody hadn’t heard. Daniels is expected to be a top-3 pick in one of the best quarterback drafts in recent history.

That’s why most expected him to step into his pro day on Wednesday and throw lights out… which he did… at times, but not consistently. Jayden showed off a great arm, that contains plenty of power. Some worried about zip on downfield passes (15-20 yards), but that didn’t seem to be an issue.

Jayden Daniels draws mixed reviews at pro day

Whether it was nerves, miscommunications or something in his delivery/mechanics that he was trying to show off to scouts… there were more than a handful of times where he flat out missed his receiver and another handful of times where his ball was caught but definitely not on target.

Now, I’m not here to write a hit piece on Jayden Daniels because of some missed throws during his pro day. But this is a kid who the Minnesota Vikings could very well be targeting, so it’s worth seeing all sides of the conversation.

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And let me be frank, there were PLENTY of big time football people who either loved Jayden’s pro day or chalked any issues they saw up to nothing anybody needs to worry about. Not only that, he had plenty of beautiful throws too. So let’s not pretend like this was a total Teddy Bridgewater bomb job.

No matter how you feel about his pro day, there’s no doubt Daniels is one of the more seasoned quarterbacks in the draft this year. He played five years of college football, which started at Arizona State, where he threw for over 6,000 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Jayden transferred to LSU for his final two seasons of eligibility, where he grew by leaps and bounds. In his two seasons at Louisiana State University, Jayden Daniels threw for 6,725 yards, 57 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions.

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In his final year, he passed for 3,800 yards and 40 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. Oh, and he won the Heisman Trophy. Jordan Reid was one of the ESPN analysts working Daniels’ pro day for SEC Network. He wasn’t concerned about the poor throws, in real time, and tweeted this after.

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