Scouting Report: Eli Manning

The next in a long line of talented passers owning the last name "Manning" is honing his skills in Oxford, Mississippi, just like his dad. Is young Eli the best quarterbacking prospect in college football right now? And should he enter the draft next April?

Full Name:    Eli Manning                              School:      Mississippi

Ht:    6-4                           Wt:   206                     40:    4.92

Year:   4Jr                                Number:      10

Stats/ Bio:

2001: Started all 11 games and set or tied 17 school records, including  single-season marks for passing yards (2,948), passing attempts (408), completions (259), TD passes (31), pass efficiency rating (144.8), total offense (2,957) and total TDs responsible for (31). Completed 63.5 percent of his passes, for 2,948 yards and 31 TDs with nine INTs. Tied for first in completions and had the lowest percentage of passes intercepted (2.21) in the SEC.

2000: Appeared in seven games including the Music City Bowl. Completed 16-of-33 passes for 170 yards with one INT during the regular season .

Scouting Report:

The Good: Smart, instinctive signal caller and the next great quarterback from the Manning household.  Fundamentally sound; sets up with solid footwork, quick dropping into the pocket and excellent ball placement, holding it shoulder high.  Sells his play action passes, patient and scans the field, going through receiver progressions and finding the open wide out.  Throws with an over the top delivery, nicely times his outs as the pass arrives when receivers are leaving their breaks or smartly places his throws out in front of the target, leading them down the field or on crossing patterns and letting them run to the ball.  Takes what the defense gives him and quickly goes to the safe underneath target if nothing else is available.  Stands strong in the pocket, takes a hit in order to get the pass off or scrambles outside the pocket, making positive plays on the move.  Puts touch on the pass when required, also displaying zip on the short/intermediate throws.  

The Good:  Lacks the big arm and cannot drive the ball downfield, a situation exasperated by the tendency to step out of his throws.  

The Skinny: Not where his brother Peyton was to this point in his college career but in Eli's defense has nowhere near the talent surrounding him his older brother had at Tennessee.  A lot of potential as his matures physically but right now would be better off returning to college for his senior campaign.

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