Bailey Zappe - QB - Western Kentucky
Welcome to the rookie profile for Bailey Zappe. Zappe spent the early part of his college career with Houston Baptist, before moving Western Kentucky. At both places he set records, but hasn’t really been tested in a big way that will be a question for NFL teams.
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 215 lbs
3-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Vertical Jump: DNP
Broad Jump: DNP
Bench Press: DNP
Zappe started with Houston Baptist, but followed his offense co-ordinator to Western Kentucky along with his two main receivers. That meant a season of throwing for just under 6,000 yards and a massive 62 TDs. As a result, he was given several awards, including the CUSA MVP.
Zappe is a comfortable pocket passer. Comfortable to sit in the pocket and scan the field before committing to a pass. Once the pass has been made, he has great placement ability- making it easy for his receivers to get the ball. Has a history of being able to handle a large volume of work, which also being productive, leading to multiple records in college.
Zappe is really uncomfortable when he is forced outside of the pocket, with his footwork suffering. That is partly due to the fact that he really wasn’t put under pressure in college, able to take his time and rarely be forced to run and throw. While Zappe set records wherever he went, he didn’t really face any strong competition.
Pre Draft Analysis
Expected Draft Capital- Round 4/5
Zappe feels like a player that is going to be a backup in the NFL for his career. Able to stand-in for a spell of games, but unlikely to be given the starting role for any real length of time. As a result, his landing spot feels almost irrelevant for fantasy football. Ideally you’d want him to follow an injury-prone or veteran QB where there are questions over the other backups on the roster. A team like Green Bay, or the Steelers are the immediate thoughts that come to mind.
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