Jaguars Checking Out Flacco
Joe Flacco (Joe Giblin/AP)
Joe Flacco (Joe Giblin/AP)
Editor-in-Chief, JagNation.com
Posted Mar 24, 2008
Charlie Bernstein


The Jaguars sent quarterbacks coach Mike Shula up to the first state to take in the University of Delaware’s pro day, featuring quarterback Joe Flacco.

Former Blue Hens quarterback Joe Flacco put on a show for scouts at his pro day, as he flexed his muscles and showed off his cannon of an arm, which is rated as the best in this years draft class. Flacco has been climbing up draft boards ever since the combine, which he was strong and accurate, and showed some decent straight line speed.

Flacco began his collegiate career at the University of Pittsburgh, but decided to transfer to the University of Delaware after his sophomore year after being stuck on the depth chart behind Tyler Palko, who is currently in the New Orleans Saints organization. Flacco was forced to sit out the 2005 season, being that Pittsburgh refused to let him out of his scholarship.

Flacco starred as a senior in 2007 as he earned first-team All-American honors from both the NFL Draft Report and Pro Football Weekly. Flacco was the ECAC All-East player of the year, and finished as the co-offensive player of the year in the Colonial Athletic Asssociation. Flacco led his Blue Hens to a title game appearance, narrowly losing to Appalachin State. Flacco threw for 4263 yards as a senior, and completed 63.5% of his passes while throwing 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Flacco finished his senior year with a quarterback rating of 144.91.

What scouts love about Flacco is his electric arm, which enables him to make all the throws, as well as his great size, at 6'7", 235 lbs. Flacco stands firm in the pocket and sets his feet well when making his throws. He has great accuracy on deep patterns, and has improved his footwork greatly.

Some of the knocks on Flacco have to do with his obvious lack of mobility, as he has trouble eluding oncoming rushers, and he tends to lock onto receivers with his eyes. Flacco tends to hold on to the ball too long, and there are questions about the level of competition he faced while at Delaware.

Scout.com has Flacco rated as the #2 rated quarterback in this draft, and the 36th ranked prospect overall. NFL Draft Scout has him rated as the #4 quarterback overall, and both sites believe him to be a second-round pick.

Joe Flacco may be a player that will severely test the Jaguars best available player drafting philosophy if he is still on the board when it’s turn for Jacksonville to pick late in the second round. Flacco would represent a steal at that point in the draft, but his selection could change the Jaguars thoughts about giving current starting quarterback David Garrard a new deal if there isn’t one already in place next month when the NFL draft occurs. Could the Jaguars perceived interest in Flacco be a smoke signal to other teams and David Garrard? We may find out in about four weeks.



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