Drake Maye Struggled Early, Recovered Nicely at Pro Day

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Drake Maye participated in his pro day alongside his fellow draft-eligible teammates from North Carolina on Wednesday. Maye is anticipated to be among the top three picks in what many consider to be one of the finest quarterback drafts in recent memory.

Much like what we saw on Wednesday during Jayden Daniels’ pro day, Drake’s got off to a slow start, but according to most accounts, recovered nicely. In the end, reviews were mostly positive. As the session wore on, Maye looked more and more like the top pick he’s supposed to be, launching impressive throw after impressive throw, for the audience gathered at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

After slow start, Drake Maye impresses at Pro Day

ESPN analyst Jordan Reid stood by Drake Maye throughout his session, acknowledging a rocky start but noting his improvement as it progressed. Maye threw a total of 70 passes during his session. As mentioned, he got better with time.

His throws became smooth, fast, and accurate, impressing onlookers with his precision. When clicking, we know how well Maye executes his craft. His motion is smooth and that arm he has… it’s a cannon.

Minnesota Vikings Scouts and QB Coach In Attendance

General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Head Coach Kevin O’Connell were absent, but that’s nothing new. Just like with Jayden Daniels, Caleb Williams and JJ McCarthy’s pro days, it was new quarterbacks coach Josh McCown and scout Steve Sabo representing the Vikings at UNC on Thursday.

Minnesota currently holds the 11th and 23rd picks in the first round, but there’s speculation about them trading up. Drake Maye is being considered, given his impressive stats: 8,018 passing yards, 63 touchdowns, and just 16 interceptions in 30 games at North Carolina.

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